Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship 2022 - Australia Day

With restrictions in NSW lifting, Willoughby City Council has returned to face to face ceremonies. Currently, ceremonies are held at the Dougherty Community Centre once a month.

The Citizenship Ceremonies will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday 17 November 
  • Thursday 15 December.

Ceremony Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Arrival Time: New citizens are recommended to arrive 1 hour before their ceremony time to have their photo ID checked and electoral form filled out. Guests will be seated first come, first served.

Venue: The Auditorium at The Dougherty Centre

Venue address: 7 Victor Street, Chatswood

The Department of Home Affairs supplies Council with a list of conferees for each ceremony. If you are on this list you will receive an email invitation from the Department of Home Affairs at least 2 weeks before your ceremony date. Only invited citizens and their guests will be contacted, if you're waiting for your citizenship and haven't received an invitation, it means your ceremony is on a later date.

For queries relating to ceremony allocation or application management, please contact the Department of Home Affairs as follows:

If you apply for citizenship for a child under 16 years of age, you need to attend the ceremony and receive their Citizenship Certificate on their behalf.
Children are not required to attend, but of course are welcome to do so.

When attending a citizenship ceremony we recommend to dress in smart casual attire or traditional cultural clothing to reflect this significant occasion. Citizens and guests are welcome to take photos during the ceremony.

Further information is available from the Department of Home Affairs website