Becoming an Australian citizen


Check your eligibility for citizenship on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website or phone 131 880.

Once your eligibility is confirmed, the steps to follow to become an Australian Citizen are: 

  1. Lodge your application

    If your eligibility is confirmed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, lodge your application for citizenship with the Department. 

  2. Sit your citizenship test

    If you meet the eligibility requirement, an appointment to sit the citizenship test will be made for you by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 

  3. Receive confirmation (allow 30-60 days)

    Once you complete your citizenship test, await confirmation from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that your application has been successful.

  4. Receive your invitation from Byron Shire Council

    You will receive an invitation by post from Byron Shire Council confirming the date and venue for the next citizenship ceremony. If your postal address has changed since you lodged your application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, please let the Department know to ensure you receive your invitation.

  5. Confirm your attendance at the ceremony with Byron Shire Council

    Confirm your attendance and advise the number of guests you would like to bring with you to the citizenship ceremony. If you are unable to attend, please be sure to let Council know so we can advise the Department and make arrangements to include you in the next ceremony.

Citizenship ceremony dates in 2018

Five ceremonies are held each year and you will receive your invitation about a month before the ceremony.

You have up to 12 months from the date your citizenship application was approved to make a Pledge of Commitment at a citizenship ceremony.

Citizenship ceremonies are held at Byron Shire Council Chambers, 70-90 Station Street, Mullumbimby.

The citizenship dates for this year are: 

  • 26 January (Australia Day – this will be a different venue)
  • 27 March
  • 15 May
  • 17 September
  • 20 November

For enquiries about Citizenship ceremonies at Byron Shire Council please contact David Royston-Jennings on 02 6626 7171

Ceremony program

The presentation of a Citizenship Certificate is the final step to becoming an Australian citizen.  

New citizens are asked to arrive at the venue by 2.40pm to register.  

The ceremonies commence at 3.00pm and are approximately 40 minutes long.   

Citizenship ceremonies are conducted by the Mayor of Byron Shire, Councillor Simon Richardson.  Entertainment is provided by a local musician.

Local Members of Parliament are invited to join the ceremony and a representative from the Australian Electoral Commission may be on hand to assist new citizens to register to vote.  

Family and friends are welcome to join the celebrations.

Australia Day

The official ceremony for Australia Day celebrations is held at a different location within the Shire each year.  Australia Day is always celebrated on 26 January and the time and location will be advertised.