Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Australian Citizenship

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:



Due to the updated recommendation from the Premier and NSW Chief Medical Officer that intrastate travel and non-essential gatherings be absolutely minimised, Bega Valley Shire Council will only be conducting face-to-face Citizenship Ceremonies ONLY in the following circumstances:

  • if the conferee requires citizenship urgently for residency or other legal purposes; AND
  • cannot attend an online ceremony with the Department of Home Affairs.

If a conferee satisfies these requirements, they can attend a face-to-face Ceremony which will be conducted one-on-one with the conferee and Mayor only (no guests).

However, we strongly suggest that all conferees, at this time, undertake their Ceremony online via the Department of Home Affairs.

To do so:

We thank all conferees, their families and friends for their understanding during this uncertain time.

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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