Georges River Council runs seven Citizenship Ceremonies throughout the calendar year in January, March, April, May, July, September and November. The January ceremony takes place in the morning on Australia Day at Carss Bush Park, Carss Park as part of the official proceedings. All other Citizenship Ceremonies take place at Hurstville Entertainment Centre, 16 MacMahon St, Hurstville.
Have you received a posted invitation from Georges River Council?
NO, I HAVE NOT RECEIVED A POSTED INVITATION FROM GEORGES RIVER COUNCIL
Even though the Department of Immigration and Border Protection may have approved for you to become an Australian Citizen and added you to the Georges River area, ALL areas have waiting lists. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection manages ALL waiting lists and all questions must be directed to The Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Council cannot answer any questions and does not have any information about future citizenship candidates until the Department of Immigration and Border Protection releases candidate lists to Council approximately 3-4 weeks before a Citizenship Ceremony. If you have not received a posted invitation yet, your information has not yet been released to Georges River Council and is still being managed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
What should you do?
- Contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880 for answers to your questions, or visit their website. http://www.citizenship.gov.au/
- Check to see that your postal address is correct with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
- Wait for Georges River Council to post you an invitation to a Citizenship Ceremony.
YES, I HAVE RECEIVED A POSTED INVITATION FROM GEORGES RIVER COUNCILThis means that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has taken you off the waiting list, sent your details to Council and included you in an upcoming Citizenship Ceremony.
What should you do?
- You should follow the instructions contained in the letter
- Read the following Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact Georges River Council if you need further clarification using the details in your letter.
Frequently asked questions
Q1: What do I do if I cannot attend my allocated ceremony?
A: Phone Georges River Council using the details on your letter and let them know that you cannot attend. Council will advise the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and you will be allocated the next available ceremony. If you fail to attend 3 ceremonies in a row your application will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply for your citizenship via the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880 or at http://www.citizenship.gov.au/
Q2: Do I have to attend the ceremony to get my certificate of Citizenship?
A: You will not become an Australian citizen until you have read the oath or affirmation in the presence of the Mayor or another person authorised to represent the Federal Government in this capacity. Georges River Council is not authorised to give you your certificate except at a citizenship ceremony.
Q3: How long will the ceremony go for?
A: All candidates must arrive for registration at 6.00pm. Registrations close at 6.15pm sharp. The ceremony usually ends no later than 7.00pm.
Q4: What do I need to bring?
A: Photo Identification with your current address, invitation to the ceremony letter from Georges River Council OR your letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Q5: Can I bring guests?
A: Yes. However guests will not be able to sit next to you during the ceremony. All people taking citizenship are seated together in reserved numbered seating. Guests can arrive any time before the ceremony starts, but guest seating is not reserved. Please DO NOT bring more than 2 guests with you per family. Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult.
Q6: Can photographs be taken at the ceremony?
A: Yes, however, a professional photographer will take photos of candidates receiving their certificate from the Mayor. All photographs will be available to download from a website. Website details including your code for this website is available in your goods bag provided upon registration
Q7: What about my children who are to become Australian citizens at the ceremony?
A: All children receive a citizenship certificate regardless of their age. If the child is under 16 years of age, a parent may receive the certificate on their behalf.
Q8: Why are there two different Pledges of Commitment to Australia?
A: The difference between the 2 pledges is that Pledge 1 refers to God and Pledge 2 does not. At your citizenship interview you were asked which pledge you wish to make during your ceremony. The first pledge is a Commitment to Australia “Under God”. These candidates are encouraged to bring their own holy books to use, if they wish. Candidates who chose this pledge will be seated together. During the ceremony they will be asked by the Mayor to stand and read aloud this pledge. The second pledge is a Commitment to Australia. These candidates will be seated together and asked by the Mayor to stand and read aloud this pledge.
New candidates who wish to be seated together should take this into consideration.
Q9: Why do I need an electoral form? I am already on the electoral role.
A: Those already on the roll still complete the form so that the Australian Electoral Commission can update your enrolment details to show your change of citizenship.