Australian Citizenship

How to arrange to apply become an Australian Citizen with the Department of Home Affairs and make arrangements with Bega Valley Shire Council to attend a Citizenship Ceremony once your application has been approved.

How to apply to become an Australian citizen and make arrangements to attend a Citizenship Ceremony.

If you would like to become an Australian citizen you can either visit to download the relevant forms or telephone 131 880 to have the application forms sent to you.Image of the Australian flag.

After completing the relevant paper work, you will be interviewed and then all information will be assessed by the Department of Home Affairs.

Once your application has been assessed, Council is notified and our staff will contact you to arrange your attendance at a convenient ceremony.

Your Certificate of Australian Citizenship is forwarded to your local Council and presented on the day of the ceremony.

Note: Citizenship Ceremonies are held every three months:



Citizenship Ceremonies - 2020

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Home Affairs is delivering online citizenship ceremonies via secure video-link to enable those applicants who are already approved to continue to become Australian citizens. If you to wish to attend a virtual ceremony, please contact the Department by phone on 131881 or via email

Bega Valley Shire Council will hold face to face ceremonies with restrictions to ensure we adhere to the Public Health Order - Public Health Orders - Gatherings Order and Places of Social Gatherings Order - Fact sheets

COVID-19 restrictions for Citizenship Ceremonies:

For all Conferees, Staff and Guests

  • Sanitise on entry
  • Compulsory registration
  • DO NOT attend if unwell or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms
  • DO NOT attend if you have been exposed to someone with a suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Encouraged to download the COVIDSafe App

At the Ceremony:

  • Limit of 2 guests per conferee
  • one person per 4 square metres
  • maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres
  • use sanitiser and hand washing facilities
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow
  • DO NOT shake hands


So, in short, the steps to follow to become an Australian citizen are:

  1. Contact the Department of Home Affairs to complete and lodge your application for citizenship. – Visit or telephone 131 880  
  2. Attend an interview
  3. Await confirmation advice from the Department of Home Affairs that your application has been successful.
  4. Await receipt of letter from the Council confirming that relevant paperwork has been received and advice of the date of the next citizenship ceremony.
  5. Confirm your attendance at the ceremony (or make arrangements for a more suitable date) and advise number of guests you would like to bring with you to your Citizenship CeremonyImage of kangaroo.



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