Citizenship

Becoming an Australian citizen is one of the most important decisions you can make.

Local governments have an important role to play in ensuring that Australian citizenship ceremonies are a meaningful and enjoyable experience.

Each year, Moreton Bay Regional Council facilitate a number of citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Enquiries and applications

Initial enquiries regarding Australian citizenship, applications and approval should be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection:

  • Phone: 131 880

Attending your citizenship ceremony

You will not become an Australian citizen until you have attended your citizenship ceremony and made the pledge.

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

If you need to change the date of your ceremony, you will need to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection as soon as possible at or 131 880.

Who attends?

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

Space restrictions at venues limit the number of guests you can invite. Your invitation will advise you of how many guests you may invite.

What to bring

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

  • a driver’s licence
  • a passport
  • an 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 that include your name, address and signature.

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

Venues

Council’s citizenship ceremonies are held in community venues such as halls and community centres throughout the region.

Morayfield East State School Hall

  • 107 Graham Road, Morayfield 4506
  • Street parking available on Glenwood Drive, Graham Road and Hargrave Street

Strathpine Community Centre

  • 199 Gympie Road, Strathpine 4500
  • Access via Mecklem Street
  • Ample parking is available in front of the centre
  • The venue is within walking distance from Strathpine Train Station

Redcliffe Cultural Centre

  • Downs Street, Redcliffe 4020
  • Ample parking is available in the Irene Street public carpark or the Downs Street public carpark
  • Street parking is also available

What happens at the ceremony?

6.15pm - Australian Citizenship Ceremony candidate registration and seating

7.00pm - Official welcome and Minister’s Message

7.15pm - Citizenship Pledge by Australian Citizenship Candidates

7.20pm - Presentation of Australian Citizenship Certificates

8.00pm - Congratulations and welcome by official guests

8.15pm - Australian National Anthem

8.20pm - Refreshments

Your citizenship certificate

Your citizenship certificate is an important legal document, which you should look after. You will need it 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 Immigration and Border Protection if your certificate is lost or stolen.

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