On 26 January 2019, we mark 70 years since Australian citizenship was introduced into law, creating for the first time a legal status of being uniquely Australian.
Griffith City has residents from more than 40 different countries and is one of the most culturally diverse communities in New South Wales.
Griffith City Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies for residents of the Griffith Local Government Area wishing to become Australian citizens. The Ceremonies are conducted under the auspices of the Australian Government Department of Immigration & Citizenship.
Griffith City Council’s role is to conduct the Ceremonies and is not a point of contact for those wishing to take out Australian Citizenship.
Listed within this section are the most frequently asked questions about obtaining Australian Citizenship as well as contact details for Department of Immigration & Citizenship . Check out the Departments website for more information about the Ceremony.
Ceremony Dates 2019
1 May 2019
10 July 2019
17 September 2019
26 January 2020 (Australia Day)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can I obtain an Application Form for Citizenship?
Application forms for Australian Citizenship can be obtained from the Citizenship Website www.citizenship.gov.au
Q. How will I know when my ceremony is?
Once the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has sent your letter granting you citizenship, the Department will send the details to Griffith City Council for a Ceremony to take place. This process can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks once you have received your letter. When a Ceremony has been arranged, you will receive a letter from Griffith City Council advising you of the date and time of the Ceremony.
Q. What if I cannot attend the Ceremony?
Please advise the Department of Immigration & Citizenship and you will be allocated another Ceremony date.
Q. How do I get my Citenzship?
Council is only responsible for conducting Citizenship Ceremonies, We have no input with applications, approvals or certifications. All enquiries about application approvals need to be directed to the Department of Immigration & Citizenship on 131 880 or at www.citizenship.gov.au
Q. How long will the Ceremony go for?
All Conferees must arrive at the Ceremony 15 minutes prior to the allocated time. Ceremonies usually last around 30-60 minutes depending on the number of recipients.
Q. What do I need to bring?
Proof of Identity and your invitation letter from Griffith City Council.
All applicants, including children, must provide proof of their identity. To prove your identity, you must provide documents that shows all of the following:
- your photograph and signature
- your current residential address
- evidence of your date of birth, birth name and any changes of name
- evidence of your identity in the community.
Appropriate forms of identification are:
- a driver's licence, or
- a passport, or
- another official document which includes a photograph.
If you do not have any form of photographic identification you will need to bring at least three documents with your name, address and signature such as credit cards, bills and bank statements.
Children under 16 years of age do not need to provide identification.
Q. Can I bring guests?
Yes, guests are more than welcome to attend the Ceremony.
Q. Can photographs be taken at the Ceremony?
Yes, you are welcome to take photographs.
Q. Do I need to RSVP?
Yes, you will need to RSVP your attendance by the due date listed on the invitation you will recieve prior the ceremony.
RSVP to Griffith City Council on 02 6962 8100.
If you have any special needs, please call the Citizenship Information Line during business hours on 131 880.
Q. Where and what time is the Ceremony held?
At the Griffith Regional Theatre, Neville Place Griffith NSW 2680
The doors open at 5pm for new citizens to complete electoral paperwork and the ceremony commences 5:30 pm - except on Australia Day.
For more information, please contact Council on 02 6962 8100.