Citizenship certificate and Australian flag

Attending a citizenship ceremony is the final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen and receiving your Certificate of Australian Citizenship.

The ceremony fulfils the requirements under Australian citizenship law and provides an opportunity for Yarra Ranges Council to officially welcome its new citizens.

Enquiries regarding Australian Citizenship and the application process should be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Once approved, applicants will receive a letter from the department and Council will be provided a list of names to include in the next ceremony. 

Council has no say in who attends their ceremony – it is all handled by the department.

Citizenship Ceremony Dates 2022

  • Wednesday 12 October  – online
  • Monday 17 October – online
  • Monday 24 October 7:30pm – Yarra Ranges Council, Civic Centre, 15 Anderson Street, Lilydale
  • Monday 5 December 7.30pm – Burrinja Cultural Centre, 351 Glenfern Road, Upwey

Contact Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Call 131-880 or visit the website at 

You can also write to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Citizenship Section, GPO Box 241, Melbourne Vic 3001 or visit the Department's office in person at Level 2, 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic 3000.

How will I know when I should attend a ceremony?

If your citizenship application has been successful, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will provide you with details of the ceremony and the paperwork you should bring for identification.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony, you must contact the department as soon as possible.

All attendees of the ceremony are encouraged to wear smart casual attire that reflects the significance of the occasion. Attendees are also welcome to wear their own national, traditional or cultural dress.

The following attire is not permitted:

  • Beach wear
  • Rubber thongs
  • Bare feet
  • Slippers
  • Offensive clothing
  • Sports training apparel

Call us on 1300 368 333 or email us for more information about citizenship ceremonies in Yarra Ranges.