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Citizenship
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Citizenship
The first step in becoming an Australian citizen is to apply through the Department of Home Affairs.

We conduct citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs.

We do not handle the application process of becoming an Australian Citizen.

The Department handles all aspects of applying to become a citizen and inviting applicants to attend a ceremony where they will make their Australian Citizenship Pledge.

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website or contact them on 131 880 for information about becoming an Australian Citizen.

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Upcoming Citizenship Ceremonies

Four residents have taken the oath to become some of Australia’s newest citizens at a ceremony hosted by East Gippsland Shire Council on Australia Day January 26.

East Gippsland’s new Aussies came from Malta, Finland, New Zealand and the Philippines and were presented with a framed certificate, Australia citizenship coin, a plant and information about East Gippsland.

The citizenship ceremony was livestreamed and can be viewed on Council’s YouTube channel ‘EastGippyTV’.

Other ceremony dates for 2021 will be added shortly. Please note these may change.

We hold approximately four citizenship ceremonies per year. The first is held on Australia Day, 26 January, and the fourth in September as part of Australian Citizenship Day celebrations.

Mrs Micaela Buncad from Philippines receiving her certificate with Tim Bull Member for Gippsland East and Mayor Cr Mendy Urie

Mr Tero Hietamaki from Finland receiving his certificate with Tim Bull Member for Gippsland East and Mayor Cr Mendy Urie

Mrs Rachael Pearce from New Zealand receiving her certificate with Tim Bull Member for Gippsland East and Mayor Cr Mendy Urie

Mr Joseph Zammit from Malta receiving his certificate with Tim Bull Member for Gippsland East and Mayor Cr Mendy Urie

When can I take part in a citizenship ceremony

A citizenship ceremony is the final step towards becoming an Australian citizen; it is where candidates publicly make the Pledge of Commitment as citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia.

We are notified when candidates are approved for this step by the Department of Home Affairs.

We will then invite the candidate to participate in the next ceremony.

We know it is an important decision to become an Australian citizen and we aim to make each ceremony memorable and personal.

For further information on citizenship ceremonies contact the Civic Events Officer on 5153 9500 or feedback@egipps.vic.gov.au

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Monday, February 15, 2021