Throughout the year, Georges River Council holds a number of Citizenship ceremonies which welcome around 70 new Australian Citizens to our local area at each ceremony.
Citizenship is an important moment for individuals, as it is formal recognition of their place as community members and a formal welcome to people from many different cultural backgrounds.
Ceremonies for 2017 are listed below:
26 January 2017 – Australia Day Celebrations, Carss Bush Park
9 March 2017 – Hurstville Civic Theatre, MacMahon Street, Hurstville
17 May 2017 – Marana Hall, MacMahon Street, Hurstville
6 July 2017 - Hurstville Civic Theatre, MacMahon Street, Hurstville
28 September 2017 - Hurstville Civic Theatre, MacMahon Street, Hurstville
9 November 2017 - Hurstville Civic Theatre MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Address: Hurstville Civic Centre, MacMahon and Dora Streets Hurstville.
Time: Ceremonies commence at 6.00pm.
Administrator John Rayner congratulating a new citizen at the July Georges River Council Citizenship Ceremony
What should I do if I cannot attend my allocated ceremony?
Phone 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/
Do I have to attend the ceremony to get my certificate of Citizenship?
You will not become an Australian citizen until you have read the oath or affirmation in the presence of the Administrator or another person authorised to represent the Federal Government in this capacity. Council is not authorised to give you your certificate except at a citizenship ceremony.
How long will the ceremony go for?
All candidates must arrive for registration at 6.00pm. Registrations close at 6.15pm sharp. The ceremony usually ends around 7.00pm.
What do I need to bring?
Photo Identification with your current address, invitation to the ceremony letter from Council OR your letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Can I bring guests?
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.
Can photographs be taken at the ceremony?
In order to avoid congestion at the ceremony we recommended you reserve one person to take photographs. A professional photographer will take photos of candidates receiving their certificate from the Administrator. 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.
What about my children who are to become Australian citizens at the ceremony?
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.
Why are there two different Pledges of Commitment to Australia?
The difference between the 2 pledges is that one pledge refers to God and the second 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”. Candidates who chose this pledge will be seated together. During the ceremony they will be asked by the Administrator 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 Administrator to stand and read aloud this pledge.
New candidates who wish to be seated together should take this into consideration.
Why do I need an electoral form? I am already on the electoral roll.
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.