Due to COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions associated with social distancing, citizenship ceremonies will be conducted online.
The ceremonies will be conducted via secure video link, to enable people to continue to become Australian citizens during the coronavirus crisis.
Current health advice around COVID-19 means it is not possible for traditional, face to face ceremonies to be held.
For more information in relation to Council's role in the citizenship process, or the conducting of ceremonies, send us an email or call the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.
The Council acknowledges the importance of becoming an Australian Citizen, and the Citizenship Ceremony is the final step in achieving this milestone.
It is the occasion in which they take the citizenship pledge and receive their official Certificate of Australian Citizenship and the Council endeavours to make this both a memorable and rewarding experience.
Applications and enquiries
Enquiries regarding Australian Citizenship should be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880 or by visiting the Australian Citizenship website.
Once your application has been approved you will receive a letter of approval from the Department. The Department will then advise Baw Baw Shire Council of your approval and send Council a formal invite list.
If you are on the Department’s formal invite list, Council will automatically invite you to the next scheduled ceremony. Invites are sent by Council one month prior to the scheduled ceremony date.
If you receive your approval from the Department within one month of the next upcoming ceremony, the Department will generally include you in the next round of invites due to scheduling and certificate lead-in time requirements.
The Ceremony and Citizenship Certificate
The Mayor conducts the ceremony and on occasion local Members of Parliament may be in attendance. You become an Australian Citizen on the date you attend your citizenship ceremony and make the Pledge of Commitment as a Citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Your Citizenship Certificate, which is presented at the ceremony, will be your legal proof of Australian Citizenship.
If you have any questions in relation to Council's role in the citizenship process, or the conducting of ceremonies, send us an email or call 5624 2411.