CItizenship Ceremonies

The City of Vincent holds six Citizenship Ceremonies per year with the next Citizenship Ceremony taking place on 25 March 2020. If you have not received an invitation to this Ceremony, you may be invited to the following Ceremony being held in May (invitations are not yet ready for this Ceremony). 

The Department of Home Affairs will advise you directly whether or not you have been successful. If you have been successful, within four to six weeks after you have received your letter of confirmation, the Department will forward the notification to the City by a conferral list. 

An email invitation from the City is sent out to all eligible candidates approximately 8-6 weeks prior to the next ceremony date. 

If you have not received an invitation or require further information regarding your application, please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 or visit Australian Citizenship website. 

If you are unable to attend the City of Vincent Citizenship Ceremony, have any specific requirements, or require an urgent Ceremony please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

Please note the City is unable to conduct Private Ceremonies. 

FAQs

Will the Citizenship Ceremony be held on 25 March 2020?

We are currently following the advice and direction of the Department of Health and Department of Home Affairs, which have advised Ceremonies may continue with safety measures in place.

We want to ensure the Ceremony is still a special occasion, however safety is paramount and as such we are taking the following measures to ensure public safety:

  • The ceremony time will be reduced
  • No guests or children will be able to accompany conferees  
  • There will be no post ceremony celebrations (guests may do this on their own accord)
  • There will be no choir at the ceremony
  • Conferees will be asked to stand at their seat to read the pledge
  • Conferee staggered arrival time required for registration
  • Social distancing will be practiced, with no handshaking and seating to be spaced 1.5m apart
  • The AEC will not be attending, enrolment forms will be provided for conferees to mail to the AEC
  • The photographer will take a portrait of each conferee as they wish

Those who’s applications are not urgent, or would like to wait for another Ceremony are able to postpone

For more information contact the team at citizenship@vincent.wa.gov.au.

When are Citizenship Ceremonies held?

The City of Vincent holds six Ceremonies per year, each taking place every two months. 

How do I find out when my Citizenship Ceremony will be held? 

The City will be notified by the Department of Home Affairs approximately 6-8 weeks prior to the ceremony date that you have been approved for Citizenship. You will receive an invitation via email. 

I have received my letter of approval. When will I receive an invitation to a Ceremony? 

You will receive an email invitation approximately 6-8 weeks prior to when the Ceremony will be taking place. 

What do I need to bring the Ceremony? 

You will need to bring your driver's licence or passport. 

What is the dress code for the Ceremony? 

Smart attire is required. National or cultural dress is welcomed. 

I can't attend the Ceremony, am I able to attend an earlier Ceremony? 

If you're unable to attend the Ceremony you have been invited to, you will be moved to the next Ceremony. If you're seeking an urgent ceremony, this will need to be arranged with the Department of Home Affairs by calling 131 880.

How many guests am I allowed to bring? 

The City allows for two guests to attend, however if you wish to bring an extra guest please contact the City on 9273 6000 or email citizenship@vincent.wa.gov.au 

Can babies and children attend the Ceremony? 

Yes, you are welcome to bring babies and children to the Ceremony. 

How long does the Ceremony run for? 

The Ceremony will run for approximately 1 hour, followed by refreshments. 

Is there a photographer at the Ceremony? 

Yes, the City will have a photographer at the Ceremony and the photos will be available on the City's Facebook page following the Ceremony. 

What is the difference between 'Pledge 1' and 'Pledge 2'? 

Pledge 1 is the Oath Pledge which refers to God.

Pledge 2 is the Affirmation Pledge, which does not refer to God. 

Pledge 1

From this time forward, under God,

I pledge my loyalty to Australian and its people, 

whose democratic beliefs I share,

whose rights and liberties I respect, and 

whose laws I will uphold and obey.

Pledge 2 

From this time forward,

I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, 

whose democratic beliefs I share, 

whose rights and liberties I respect, and 

whose laws I will uphold and obey. 

More Information 

Please email the team at citizenship@vincent.wa.gov.au and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. If it's urgent, please call 9273 6000.