Becoming an Australia Citizen – Bathurst Regional Council
Citizenship ceremonies are an important event in the lives of people who have chosen to become new Australian citizens. It is a significant occasion and Bathurst Regional Council is proud to assist in the final steps to Australian citizenship.
Becoming an Australian citizen confers upon people certain responsibilities as well as privileges and benefits. Most importantly, as an Australian citizen you have the opportunity to have your say on how our country should be run by being able to vote at local, state and federal elections.
Citizenship Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become an Australia Citizen?
Applications for citizenship are managed by the Department of Home Affairs. For information on eligibility and how to apply to be an Australian citizen, please contact the Department of Home Affairs citizenship information line on 131 880.
Once citizenship applications have been processed by the Department, and Council has been notified of an applicant’s success, an invitation will be sent to attend a ceremony at Bathurst Regional Council where new citizens will receive their Citizenship Certificate. This can take up to 6 months from the date of your approval letter.
Bathurst Regional Council is only responsible for hosting the citizenship ceremony, which is the final stage receiving your citizenship. Applicants are advised to ensure their address is up-to-date in their ImmiAccount.
Do I need to attend a ceremony to receive my certificate?
Attending a citizenship ceremony is the compulsory final stage of becoming an Australian citizen. Candidates must attend and recite the pledge in order to validate their citizenship and receive their certificate.
How often are ceremonies held?
Bathurst Regional Council holds three to four ceremonies per year depending on demand from local residents who have been approved to become Australia Citizens by the Department of Home Affairs.
What to expect at a citizenship ceremony?
Bathurst Regional Council ceremonies are held at either the Council Chambers or at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (you will be advised of the location in your invitation). On arrival conferees are welcomed by Council staff who check your Drivers Licence or Passport to confirm your identity. Once everyone has been seated, the ceremony begins. It is not possible to enter the ceremony once it has commenced, so if you are late, you will miss out.
The ceremony is usually hosted by the Mayor of Bathurst, and can be attended by Councillors, state and federal members, Council staff, and representatives from local community groups. Those planning to become citizens will be required to recite the Australian Citizenship Pledge. Following the pledge, new citizens will receive their Australian Citizenship Certificate. There may also be a chance for a photograph with the Mayor and dignitaries.
If you are over the age of 18, you will also receive an Electoral Enrolment form to be completed so that your name can be added to the Electoral Roll.
Can I bring guests to my ceremony?
Guest capacities are capped at ceremonies to ensure we can accommodate as many new citizens as possible. Guest numbers permitted at your ceremony will be outlined in your invitation.
I am unable to attend the ceremony, what should I do?
If you have been invited to a ceremony that you are unable to attend, please follow the steps outlined in your invitation to notify Council.
How long will a Citizenship Ceremony take?
Ceremonies generally take 45 minutes. Please ensure you arrive early, as we are unable to accept late arrivals once the ceremony begins.
For further information on your citizenship application status or eligibility please contact the Department of Home Affairs Citizenship info line on 131 880 or visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/become-a-citizen
Please note: Bathurst Regional Council does not process applications and our staff are not involved in any decision making. All decisions are made by the Department of Home Affairs.
Any further questions about your ceremony, please contact the Mayor’s office on (02) 6333 6205.