- Last updated:
- 11 Jul 2016
Council runs citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Around 1500 Sunshine Coast residents become Australian citizens every year. It can take around 90 days from receiving approval from DIBP to attend a ceremony.
The next citizenship ceremony will be held on 17 September 2016. You can log in to Livestream to watch the Australia Day Ceremony on 26 January 2016.
To find out if you're in this ceremony or your ceremony date, contact Immigration on 131 881.
Citizenship ceremonies on the Sunshine Coast
Council provides a venue where you can state your Pledge, after you have successfully applied for Australian citizenship. At the ceremony, you will receive your Certificate of Australian Citizenship, dated and signed. From that date on, you are an Australian citizen.
Before you are eligible to take part in a citizenship ceremony, you must have:
- completed your application process with the DIBP
- received your letter of approval from the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection.
Council receives updated candidate lists approximately six weeks prior to a ceremony. These lists have details of the candidates who have received approval and are eligible to attend a ceremony.
Council runs six citizenship ceremonies each year, with Australia Day being the most popular.
A citizenship ceremony consists of:
- reading the minister’s message
- Mayor’s welcome
- citizenship preamble
- citizenship pledges
- the Australian national anthem
- presentation of citizenship certificates.
Frequently asked questions
You should receive an invitation to an upcoming ceremony from council within 90 days of receiving your letter of approval from Department of Immigration and Border Protection (waiting periods may vary depending on recipient numbers). Invitations are sent out approximately six weeks prior to a ceremony. If an approved candidate does not receive an invitation it may indicate that the candidate just missed the cut off date for that ceremony. If this is the case, the recipient will most likely be sent an invitation to the next available ceremony.
If you have a child who is under 16 years, they will be added onto your application and will automatically receive a citizenship certificate at the ceremony. Legally they do not need to attend a ceremony and parents can receive their citizenship certificates on their behalf. If your child is over 16 years of age, they will need to apply for their citizenship on a separate application through Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is the approving authority to bring forward a recipient to an earlier ceremony, each case is individually assessed by the DIBP to determine if your case meets the requirements to have your ceremony amended. You will need to contact the DIBP to apply for your ceremony to be brought forward.
DIBP Service Centre
Telephone: 131 880
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is the approving authority to bring forward a recipient to a private ceremony, each case is individually assessed by the DIBP to determine if your case meets the requirements of a private ceremony. Only once approved will Council then arrange a private ceremony. Private ceremonies are only held in the Council chambers at Nambour at a date and time, mutually convenient to the Mayor or Deputy Mayor.
DIBP Service Centre
Telephone: 131 880
You must attend your ceremony and receive your citizenship certificate before you apply for an Australian passport. The original certificate will be needed when applying for the passport. For more information about Australian passports, please contact the Australian Passport Office.
Web address: www.passports.gov.au
Telephone: 131 232