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 citizenship ceremonies are a meaningful experience for people who have chosen to make Australia their home.

Australian Cities and large towns may have several large events each year, the two most common dates are Australia Day (26 January) and National Citizenship Day (17 September).

Circular Head Region Local Ceremonies

In the Circular Head Region, we usually arrange individual citizenship ceremonies, outside these two dates. Being a smaller region, we are not often called upon for larger ceremonies.

The Mayor presides over the ceremony with other invited government dignitaries and you are welcome to invite family and friends. While we are still under COVID-19 restrictions there may be a limit (example 20) who can be invited but this will all be discussed at the time.

It takes about 6 weeks to arrange a ceremony, mostly because Citizenship Certificates need to be formally printed and signed by the Minister of Home Affairs.


Local enquires are through our Council Office on 6452 4800 or email

Enquiries regarding Australian citizenship, applications and approval should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs. The department is open 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and can be contacted directly on 131 880.

More information

For more information on citizenship ceremonies, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.