New citizens

Citizenship ceremonies are administered by the council on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

Ceremonies in the Northern Grampians Shire are held by appointment.

The benefits and responsibilities of becoming an Australian Citizen

Australian citizens can:

  • live in Australia
  • apply for an Australian passport and leave and re-enter Australia without applying for a resident return visa
  • seek assistance from Australia diplomatic representatives whilst overseas
  • vote to help elect Australia's governments
  • stand for Parliament
  • work in the public sector
  • serve in the armed forces
  • register by descent of any children born overseas after you become a citizen.

Australian citizens are required to:

  • obey Australian laws
  • enrol on federal and state/territory electoral registers
  • vote in elections
  • defend Australia should the need arise
  • serve on a jury if called to do so.

Eligibility requirements

People who apply must:

  • have successfully completed a citizenship test before applying
  • be aged 18 years or over at the time the application is made
  • be a permanent resident
  • satisfy the residence requirement
  • be likely to reside, or to continue to reside, in Australia or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia
  • be of good character.

For more information:

Citizenship Information Line: 131 880
Northern Grampians Shire Council: 03 5358 8700