Citizenship Ceremonies

COVID-19 UPDATE – Wednesday, 28 July 2021

With the announcement today by the NSW Premier of an extension of the current lockdown to 28 August 2021, and in accordance with NSW Health guidelines, Council services operating in the community remain limited.

Our facilities remain closed. This includes Hornsby Shire Libraries, Community Centres, Thornleigh Brickpit, Hornsby Shire Aquatic & Leisure Centres, Thornleigh Community Recycling Centre and our Customer Service Centres.

These measures are to keep our community and our staff safe during this current outbreak but we are still here for you. Please be assured that we will respond to emergency callouts. If you have any requirements of Council, please contact Customer Service on 9847 6666 and online as usual and we will respond during normal business hours.

Under these current restrictions, while we may not be able to respond face-face, we will endeavour to find a way to assist in a COVID-safe way wherever possible. Many of our services are available online, including lodgement of Development Applications, and our Duty Planning Officer is available for enquiries on 9847 6760 (8.30am-5pm).

Further information on the new restrictions is available in the NSW Premier’s media release and on the NSW Health website.

We are constantly monitoring this evolving situation and will keep you updated here and on Facebook with any changes.

Hornsby Shire Council takes great pride in being able to help you take the final step to become an Australian citizen.

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How often are citizenship ceremonies held?

Hornsby Shire Council conducts around four citizenship ceremonies each month. Click here to see the schedule of ceremony dates.

What is involved?

The ceremonies consist of:

  • Reading of the Ministers Message from The Hon. Alex Hawke MP;
  • Citizenship Preamble;
  • Pledge of commitment to the Commonwealth of Australia;
  • Presentation of citizenship certificates (Due to COVID-19, certificates are included in candidates envelopes on seats);
  • Reciting an Affirmation to Australia and its people (deleted at the moment, due to shortened version of ceremonies);
  • Playing of Australian National Anthem Advance Australia Fair.

How do I apply for citizenship?

You can apply for Australian Citizenship or check the status of your application by phoning the Citizenship Information Line on 131880 or by visiting the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).  website at . Your application will be processed by the DOHA and, if successful, they will notify you by postal letter.

I have received my letter of approval. When can I attend a ceremony?

The application process is lengthy and a waiting time of up to three to six months can occur between your approval and your ceremony. The DOHA will send you a letter of invitation telling you the date and time your ceremony will take place.

Do I need to attend a ceremony to receive my certificate?

Yes, attending your Citizenship Ceremony is compulsory. Candidates need to make their Pledge in order to validate their citizenship and receive their certificate

What if I cannot attend the ceremony?

Please contact Hornsby Shire Council on 9847 6667. We will advise the DOHA and you will be allocated another ceremony date.

Where are the ceremonies held?

Ceremonies are held at Hornsby Shire Council Chambers, 296 Peats Ferry Road (formerly Pacific Highway), Hornsby.

How long does the Citizenship Ceremony take?

It generally takes from 20-30 minutes. All candidates must arrive 15 minutes before the ceremony so they can register and obtain their seat number.

What do I need to bring to the ceremony?

Please bring your invitation letter from the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) to assist with identification, as well as current Australian photo identification such as a drivers license or passport. If you do not have photo identification please bring at least three documents bearing your name, address and signature. Examples include bank statements, credit cards or bills.

These documents are also required as proof of identification by the Australian Electoral Commission, whose representatives will be present at the ceremony, to allow you to vote in Australian elections.

Can I bring guests along to the ceremony?

Yes. Candidates are seated together (spacing of seating will ensure physical distancing of a minimum of 1.5 between candidates) and your guests sit in a separate area (additional spacing between seats will be allocated). Space is limited, so we request that only one Guest is invited to your ceremony.

Do children need to attend Citizenship Ceremonies?

Children aged 16 years and under are not legally required to attend the ceremony, though they are welcome to attend and participate where possible. If a child does not attend the parent whom the child is registered under can collect the certificate on their behalf at the ceremony.

I have children who are not becoming Australian citizens at this ceremony. Where do they sit?

You should make arrangements for them to sit with your guests. The children cannot sit with you, as you are allocated seats with other Candidates.

Can photos be taken during the ceremony?

Yes. Friends and family are welcome to take photos before, during and after the ceremony.

Are there facilities for the elderly, children’s prams or those with a disability?

Yes. The ceremony is conducted on the first level of the Hornsby Council Chambers, which can be accessed by a lift. Please contact us if you require clarification by phoning 9847 6667.

When can I apply for an Australian Passport?

Please allow a minimum of 10 days before applying for your Australian Passport. Please note your original citizenship certificate will be needed when applying for an Australian passport.  For more information please visit the Australian Passport Office or call them on 131 232.

Can I visit DOHA’s office in person?

Please telephone the department before going to any office, as NSW Citizenship has moved to an appointment only model. Clients will not be seen without an appointment.

If you have an appointment the Sydney Office is located at Ground Floor, 26 Lee Street, Sydney NSW 2000 and the Parramatta Office is located at 9 Wentworth Street, Parramatta NSW 2150.

What should I wear?

Smart/casual dress attire is worn at citizenship ceremonies.

Who can I contact with further questions?

Please phone 9847 6667 or email with any questions about Citizenship Ceremonies.

For information on eligibility and how to apply to be an Australian citizen, please contact the DOHA Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 or visit .