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

Citizenship ceremonies are livestreamed and can be viewed on Council’s YouTube channel ‘EastGippyTV’.

We hold approximately four citizenship ceremonies per year. The first is held on Australia Day, 26 January, and a ceremony is also held on Australian Citizenship Day in September.

Next ceremony: TBA - November 2021.

For more details on Citizenship Ceremonies, please contact us at or phone 5153 9500.

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

17 September 2021 Citizenship Ceremony

East Gippsland welcomed 12 new Aussies at a citizenship ceremony held to coincide with Australian Citizenship Day – Friday 17 September.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Australian Citizenship Day and East Gippsland has a successful history of welcoming people from all over the world as new citizens.

Staged at the St Mary’s Parish Centre in Bairnsdale, 12 people from five different nations took the pledge to become Australian citizens.

Deputy Mayor Cr Mark Reeves, who presided over this morning’s official ceremony, said it was wonderful to see everyone wanting to officially call Australia home.

See the live stream and photos from the ceremony below and in the image gallery.

For more images from this ceremony, see the image gallery below or contact us by sending an email to

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