Citizenship Ceremonies

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Willoughby City Council hosts Citizenship Ceremonies to welcome people in our community who are taking the step to become an Australian citizen.

Australian citizenship symbolises our unity as a nation. It represents commitment to this country and its people, the values we share and our common future. Australian Citizenship also represents the sense of belonging to the country you’ve decided to make your home.

If you have applied for Citizenship, the Department of Home Affairs will notify you of the date and time of your ceremony. If you have any enquiries about becoming an Australia Citizen or the date of your ceremony, please call the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 or via email at:

Please do not contact Council prior to receiving your invitation to a ceremony as we are unable to tell you where you sit on the waiting list.

2023 Citizenship Ceremony dates

  • Thursday 16 February, 2023
  • Thursday 16 March,2023
  • Thursday 20 April, 2023
  • Thursday 18 May, 2023
  • Thursday 22 June, 2023.

Arrival Time: New citizens are recommended to arrive 45 minutes before their ceremony time to have their photo ID checked and electoral form filled out. Please confirm your arrival at the check-in tables, where Willoughby City Council staff will welcome you. Guests will be seated in order of arrival.

Venue: Willoughby City Council Chambers

Venue address: 31 Victor Street, Chatswood NSW 2067

About the ceremonies

Confirmed ceremony times will be provided on your invitation and take approximately one hour.

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.

Citizenship for children

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 we welcome them.

Further information is available from the Department of Home Affairs website.