Citizenship

Photo by Matthew Kenwrick on Flickr.
Photo by Matthew Kenwrick on Flickr.

Australian Citizenship symbolises our unity as a nation. It represents commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share and our common future.

It also symbolises the sense of belonging to the country where we have been born or where we have decided to make our home.

Choosing to become an Australian citizen is a very important expression of commitment to being part of Australia's future. Greater Shepparton City Council also places high importance on Australian Citizenship and hosts ceremonies approximately every three months throughout the year, in particular on days of significance to Australia including:

  • Australia Day on 26 January
  • Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September

Eligibility

Criteria for eligibility are that you:

  1. are a permanent resident; and 
  2. have lived in Australia for two or more years.

Applying for Citizenship

The role of Local Government is to confer Australian Citizenship once the application is approved by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. We receive certificates from the Department prior to the ceremony and we average more than 200 conferrals per year.

Australian Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies are warm, friendly events where you celebrate becoming an Australian citizen. You might want to invite your family and friends to be part of this important step you are taking, and to celebrate your citizenship with you.

Citizenship Ceremony dates for 2017

  • 6 April 2017
  • 1 June 2017
  • 20 July 2017
  • 15 September 2017
  • 9 November 2017

You can find more information from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.