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Hinchinbrook welcomes a number of new citizens to take the Pledge of Commitment every year.
Becoming an Australian citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people. Australian citizenship symbolises our unity as a nation and it gives a sense of belonging because you can fully participate in all aspects of Australian life.
For information on eligibility and how to apply to be an Australian Citizen, please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by phone 131880.
Once your application has been approved and you have received your letter of approval you will be assigned to a future citizenship ceremony by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Your ceremony date will generally be 3-6 months after your application is approved. The Hinchinbrook Shire Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies approximately 3 times per year (January – Australia Day, May – date to be determined and September – Citizenship Week). You will receive a written invitation approximately 4 weeks prior to your ceremony.
Please Note: Ceremony attendance is allocated by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. If you wish to find out your predicted ceremony date please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880.
Ceremonies are generally held at the Hinchinbrook Shire Council Chambers, 25 Lannercost Street and take about 20 minutes with time for photo opportunities at the end of the ceremony. We request that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.
Smart attire is requested or candidates are most welcome to wear their traditional costume. Family and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony as your guests.
You will need to bring a passport or Australian Driver’s license with you. If you are taking Pledge 1 (under God), you are welcome to bring a holy book of your choice to make your Pledge on.
Please note: children under 16 years of age do not need to provide identification.
For further queries relating to your Citizenship Ceremony please call Hinchinbrook Shire Council on 47764600.