The final stage in making the pledge of commitment is to attend a Citizenship Ceremony.
Burwood Council holds ceremonies 4 times a year.
It can take a few months from the date of approval* until you are invited to attend a citizenship ceremony but you will receive an invitation to your citizenship ceremony well in advance. *Until Council receives a list from DIMIA (approximately one month before a ceremony) we have no knowledge of when a candidate’s ceremony will be conducted.)
Australian citizenship formalises your membership of the Australian community.
It unites the people of Australia and presents us with a common bond helping us to unite as one family with a common set of values.
It also entitles you to the privileges of Australian citizenship and brings with it the responsibilities of being an Australian citizen.
Burwood Council ceremonies are held at the Council Chambers in Elsie Street, Burwood. It is important that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony in order that you can be registered and seated. If a candidate arrives after the start of the ceremony they will not be allowed to participate and another ceremony date will be allocated.
You will be sent an invitation from Burwood Council to attend a ceremony approximately one month before the ceremony date. You may bring guests to witness this exciting occasion (the number will be stated in your letter of invitation.)
The ceremony is a formal occasion at which you will take a pledge (Oath under God or Affirmation) before a person delegated by the Minister for Citizenship (this being the Mayor, at Burwood Council) THIS IS A LEGAL REQUIREMENT and you will not be able to receive your certificate if you do not say the oath / affirmation.
After saying your pledge you will be given a citizenship certificate.
You will need to bring with you some photo ID (apart from people under the age of 16), the letter from the Department of Immigration approving your citizenship and the letter from Burwood Council with your reference number.
You will receive an electoral enrolment form at the ceremony in order to be able to vote. This can be filled in at the ceremony and given to a representative from the Electoral Commission.
2013 Schedule of Ceremonies
For more information, please scroll down and select the relevant link. If you are having trouble opening these documents, please contact Council on 9911 9911.