Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Australian Citzenship

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 Immigration and Border Protection.

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:

  • Australia Day - 26 January
  • 6 April 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19
  • 29 June 2020 - cancelled due to COVID-19
  • 12 October 2020 - to be advised

The ceremonies will take place in the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre; 1.00pm arrival for a 1.30pm Ceremony followed by an afternoon tea at 2.30pm to 4pm



On 6 April the acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs issued a statement confirming that citizenship ceremonies will be held online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This statement can be viewed online at

The Department of Home Affairs commenced trialing ceremonies over secure video link at the end of March.

If you have a query regarding a ceremony please contact the Department of Home Affairs mail box:

In extenuating circumstances and with the permission of the Department of Immigration, arrangements can be made for an urgent ceremony to be conducted.

New citizens are invited to bring along family and friends to participate in the ceremony and to join in afternoon tea following the ceremony.

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 Immigration and Border Protection 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 Ceremony.
  6. Enjoy afternoon tea with family, friends and other new Australian Citizens.Image of kangaroo.



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