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In-person ceremonies have resumed.
Please do not contact Council about your specific application. The Hills Shire Council does not process applications and our staff are not involved in any decision making.
All decisions regarding Citizenship are made by the Department of Home Affairs. If you have any questions about your application, contact the Department of Home Affairs or phone the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.
In addition to the benefits that come with permanent residence, the legal status of Australian Citizenship carries with it the right to:
To become an Australian Citizen you need to apply through the Department of Home Affairs.
Apply to become an Australian Citizen
Once your Australian Citizenship application is processed by the Department of Home Affairs you will receive a letter advising you that your application has been successful. The next step is to attend a ceremony.
If you would like information regarding becoming an Australian Citizen visit the Department of Home Affairs website or call their information line on 131 880
Attendance at a ceremony to become a Australian Citizen is a privilege and is by invitation only.
It takes 6 - 9 months before you will be sent a second letter from the Department of Immigration inviting you to attend your Citizenship ceremony.
If you have applied for Citizenship, and haven’t received your invitation please call the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.
This second letter from the Department of Immigration is sent directly to candidates approximately four - six weeks prior to their ceremony date and will provide this information.
The Hills Shire Council does not determine who will attend the various ceremonies. Attendees will be contacted by a Council officer via email or phone for RSVP purposes.
Australian Citizenship Ceremonies are hosted by The Hills Shire Council for Shire residents who have applied to become Australian citizens through the Department of Home Affairs.
Ceremonies are held throughout the year with one major ceremony on Australia Day.
Council is resuming face to face ceremonies in 2022:
If you would like more information about the ceremony that you have been invited to attend, phone The Hills Shire Council on +61 2 9843 0425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hills Shire Council can assist with the translation of information. Anyone requiring a translation or an interpreter can either visit Council's Administration Centre for assistance or contact the Telephone Interpreter Service (TIS) on 13 14 50 and ask an interpreter to call Council on +61 2 9843 0555 and enquire on their behalf.