Citizenship

Initial enquiries regarding Australian citizenship, applications and approval should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.

Citizenship ceremonies

Moreton Bay Regional Council facilities a number of citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. You must attend your citizenship ceremony and make a pledge to become an Australian citizen. 

Generally, your ceremony will be held within six months from the date your application is approved. You will receive an invitation approximately four weeks before your ceremony date. 

Contact the Department of Home Affairs as soon as possible at ceremony.qld@homeaffairs.gov.au or phone 131 880 if you need to change the date of your ceremony.

Who attends

If your citizenship application form included your children, they will also be invited to the ceremony and will become citizens when you do. 

Children aged 16 years and over are legally required to attend their citizenship ceremony and take the citizenship pledge in order to become an Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not legally required to attend the ceremony or take the citizenship pledge, however are welcome to attend the ceremony and are encouraged to take the citizenship pledge where possible.

Your invitation will advise how many guests you may invite due to space restrictions at venues. 

What to bring

You must bring photographic identification to the ceremony. Appropriate forms of identification include:

  • photographic identification (i.e. drivers licence or passport) or
  • three documents that include your name, address and signature.

Children under 16 years of age do not need to bring photo identification.

Venues

Council conducts citizenship ceremonies at the following venues: 

  • Morayfield Sports & Events Centre
    298 Morayfield Road, Morayfield
    Ample parking is available in front of the centre.
  • Strathpine Community Centre
    199 Gympie Road, Strathpine (access via Mecklem Street)
    Ample parking is available in front of the centre. This venue is within walking distance from Strathpine train station.
  • Redcliffe Entertainment Centre
    Downs Street, Redcliffe
    Ample parking is available in the carparks in either Irene Street or Downs Street. Street parking is also available.

Ceremony details

Candidates must attend the ceremony they have been allocated by the Department of Home Affairs, and for which they have RSVP’d.

Ceremony 1

12:00 PM Australian Citizenship Ceremony candidate registration and seating
12:00 PM Refreshments served 
1:00 PM Official welcome and Minister's message
1:15 PM Citizenship Pledge by Australian Citizenship candidates
1:20 PM Presentation of Australian Citizenship Certificates
2:00 PM Congratulations and welcome
2:10 PM Australian National Anthem

Ceremony 2

4:00 PM Australian Citizenship Ceremony candidate registration and seating
5:00 PM Official welcome and Minister's message
5:15 PM Citizenship Pledge by Australian Citizenship candidates
5:20 PM Presentation of Australian Citizenship Certificates
6:00 PM Congratulations and welcome
6:10 PM Australian National Anthem
6:15 PM Refreshments served

Citizenship Certificate

Your Citizenship Certificate is an important legal document that you will need when you apply for an Australian passport.

It is an offence to deface or alter this document. 

You must not write on it, laminate it or change any details on it. 

You should notify the Department of Home Affairs if your certificate is lost or stolen.