Murray Shire Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies for residents of the Murray Shire Local Government area wishing to become Australian citizens.
The ceremonies are conducted under the auspices of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Council's sole role is to conduct the Citizenship Ceremonies and is not a point of contact for those wishing to take out Australian Citizenship.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can I obtain an Application Form for Citizenship?
Application Forms for Australian Citizenship can be obtained from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Q. How will I know when my Citizenship Ceremony is?
Once the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has sent you a letter granting you Australian Citizenship, the Department will send the details to Council to allow a ceremony to take place. This process can take anywhere from 6-10 weeks once you have received your letter. After Council is advised of the ceremony details, you will receive a phone call from Council advising you of the date and time of the ceremony and to discuss arrangements. Council will then forward you a letter confirming verbal arrangements. The Citizenship Ceremony is conducted by the Mayor, and usually at a Council Meeting (unless otherwise requested).
Q. What if I cannot attend the Citizenship Ceremony?
Please advise Council if you are unable to attend on the date and time advised by Council. Council will then advise the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and you will be allocated another Citizenship Ceremony date.
Q. How do I get my Citizenship?
Council is only responsible for conducting Citizenship Ceremonies. We have no input with applications, approvals or certifications. All enquiries about application approvals need to be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880.
Q. How long will the Citizenship Ceremony go for?
All Conferees must arrive at the Ceremony 10-15 minutes prior to the allocated time. Ceremonies usually last around 20-30 minutes depending on the number of recipients. The Ceremony is conducted by the Mayor, and at the conclusion of the Ceremony you are welcome to join him and Councillors for afternoon tea.
Q. What do I need to bring to the Citizenship Ceremony?
You are rquired to bring to the ceremony your nomination letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and a form of photogrpahic identification so that you can be correctly identified (eg driver's licence, passport or other official document which carries a photograph). Conferees who wish to make the pledge of commitment on a holy book or scripture of their choice should bring it to the ceremony.
Q. Can I bring guests to the Citizenship Ceremony?
Yes, please feel free to invite your family and friends to witness this special occasion.
Q. Can photographs be taken at the Citizenship Ceremony?
Yes, you are welcome to take photographs of this special occasion.
- Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Citizenship
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - The Australian Government's Passport Service
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Smart Traveller: The Australian Government's Travel Advisory and Consular Assistance Service