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Citizenship Ceremonies

 Citizenship ceremonies are administered by Moira Shire Council on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and are performed by appointment only.

The benefits and responsibilities of becoming an Australian citizen

Australian citizens can:

  • live in Australia;
  • apply for an Australian passport and leave and re-enter Australia without applying for a resident return visa;
  • seek assistance from Australian diplomatic representatives whilst overseas;
  • vote to help elect Australia's governments;
  • work in the public sector;
  • serve in the armed forces; and
  • register by descent of any children born overseas after you become a citizen;

The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian Citizen. 

Changes apply to citizenship applications lodged on and after 20 April 2017.  The changes do not apply to applications made before 20 April 2017.

Australian citizens are required to:

  • obey Australian laws;
  • enrol on federal and state/ territory electoral registers;
  • vote in elections;
  • defend Australia should the need arise; and
  • serve on a jury if called to do so.

Eligibility requirements

People who apply must:

  • have successfully completed a citizenship test before applying;
  • be aged 18 years or over at the time the application is made;
  • be a permanent resident;
  • satisfy the residence requirement;
  • be likely to reside, or to continue to reside, in Australia or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia; and
  • be of good character.

For all Eligibility requirements, please refer to website www.border.gov.au

For more information contact the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 or visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

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