Citizenship and ceremonies
Following recent Federal Government announcements tightening restrictions for organised gatherings and in light of social distancing requirements, the City is unable to conduct citizenship ceremonies until further notice.
The City apologises for any disappointment, however its highest priority remains the health and wellbeing of the community and visitors to the City. The City will continue to be guided by the Federal Government and Department of Health WA in relation to appropriate responses relating to the COVID-19/Coronavirus issue.
For all enquiries regarding your ceremony date or for further updates on the progress of your citizenship email the Department of Home Affairs or call 13 18 80.
When and where are citizenship ceremonies held?
The City holds regular citizenship ceremonies, usually on Wednesday evenings, in the Joondalup Council Chamber. Registration is from 5.10pm, with the ceremonies starting at 5.30pm. Ceremonies usually finish between 6.45pm – 7.00pm, followed by refreshments served in the lobby area.
When will my citizenship ceremony be held?
The City is unable to provide you with a ceremony date until the City receives notification from the Department of Home Affairs that you have been approved for citizenship. Once the City receives this notification, you will be booked into the next available ceremony and you will receive an email advising your ceremony date.
What is the waiting time for a ceremony?
The waiting time varies between three and six months after you have received your letter of approval from the Minister for Home Affairs. Note that the waiting time starts from the date of approval, not the interview date.
When will I receive the details confirming my ceremony?
The City endeavours to give you as much notice as possible of your ceremony date. You will receive an email invitation at least four weeks prior to the ceremony.
How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?
Due to capacity restrictions in the chambers and the large number of people taking citizenship per ceremony, a maximum of two (2) guests per individual, couple or family is permitted. This is in addition to children in your care under the age of 18.
Do children need to attend citizenship ceremonies?
Children aged 16 years and over are legally required to attend their citizenship ceremony and take the citizenship pledge in order to become an Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not legally required to take the citizenship pledge, however are welcome to attend the ceremony and are encouraged to take the citizenship pledge where possible.
I have lost my citizenship certificate, what should I do?
If you have lost your citizenship certificate you must contact the Department of Home Affairs to arrange for a replacement.
For information on eligibility and how to apply for Australian citizenship, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.