New Australian Citizens

Why is there information on how to become an Australian citizen on council's website?

Citizenship ceremonies are administered by the council on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs Immigration and Citizenship.

Ceremonies in the Northern Grampians Shire are held by appointment.

You can become a citizen of Australia in different ways. You must meet set criteria before you apply.  Learn about being an Australian citizen. 

Responsibilities - what you will give Australia

As an Australian citizen you have new responsibilities to:

  • obey the laws of Australia
  • vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum
  • defend Australia should the need arise
  • serve on a jury if called to do so

Privileges - what Australia will give you

As an Australian citizen you can:

  • vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum
  • apply for children born overseas to become Australian citizens by descent
  • apply for a job in the Australian Public Service or in the Australian Defence Force
  • seek election to parliament
  • apply for an Australian passport and re-enter Australia freely
  • ask for consular assistance from an Australian official while overseas

Making a pledge

At your Australian citizenship ceremony, you will make the Australian Citizenship Pledge. In doing so, you are making a public commitment to Australia and accepting the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.

At the citizenship ceremony, you will pledge:

  • your loyalty to Australia and its people
  • that you will share Australia’s democratic beliefs and respect its rights and liberties
  • to uphold and obey the laws of Australia

You do not become an Australian citizen until you have made your pledge of commitment to Australia.

How to apply for Australian Citizenship

For information on eligibility and how to apply, see "Become an Australian citizen."

Citizenship Information Line: 131 881
Northern Grampians Shire Council: 03 5358 8712