The City of Stirling is the largest local authority in Western Australia by population. We are also lucky to be home to many new Australians however, this can result in a waiting time for newly approved recipients to receive their Citizenship Ceremony.

The City of Stirling receives over 100 new recipients per month to be booked into ceremonies. The City endeavours to process all our recipients in a timely manner and appreciates recipients' patience in regard to this matter.

Any enquiries can be directed to the City of Stirling Contact Centre on (08) 9205 8555.

Please see the City's frequently asked questions below:

How do I apply for Australian citizenship?

The City of Stirling cannot assist with applications for Australian citizenship. For information on eligibility and how to apply for Australian Citizenship, please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection:

Phone: Citizenship Information Line 13 18 80
Web: www.citizenship.gov.au

Australian citizenship application packages can be downloaded from the above site.

Visit: Wellington Central
836 Wellington Street
West Perth WA 6005

Postal: Locked Bag 7
Northbridge WA 6865

When and where are Citizenship Ceremonies held?

The City of Stirling holds regular citizenship ceremonies in the City of Stirling Reception Hall. Registration opens from 6.00pm and the ceremony commences at 7.00pm. Guests are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement time. Ceremonies usually conclude between 8.00pm and 8.30pm after which refreshments are served in the lobby.

How can I find out when my citizenship ceremony will be?

The City of Stirling is unable to provide you with a ceremony date until we receive notification from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that you have been approved for citizenship. Once the City receives this notification, you will be booked into the next available ceremony. It should be noted that the City is advised of your approval by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection approximately three weeks after you have received your approval letter.

What is the waiting time for a ceremony?

The waiting period for a citizenship ceremony is approximately 2-4 months after you have received your approval letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

When will I receive notification confirming my ceremony?

The City of Stirling will post an invitation to you approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your ceremony date.

Do I need to bring anything to the ceremony?

Yes, recipients aged 16 years or older are required to bring along photographic identification such as a driver's license or passport. It is also suggested that you bring along your invitation to assist in the registration process.

Will I receive my certificate at the ceremony?

In most cases recipients are presented with their Australian Citizenship Certificate upon taking their pledge. If your certificate is not available for presentation at this time, it will be forwarded to you as soon as it is available.

Do children need to attend citizenship ceremonies?

Children aged 16 years and over are legally required to attend their citizenship ceremony and take the citizenship pledge to become an Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not legally required to take the citizenship pledge, however the City of Stirling provides an allocated seat for their attendance and they are encouraged to take the citizenship pledge where possible.

What is the difference between Pledge 1 and Pledge 2?

There are two variations of the citizenship pledge - the Oath and the Affirmation. The Oath pledge refers to God whereas the Affirmation pledge does not.

How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?

The City of Stirling allows two guests per recipient. Additional guests can be accommodated in most cases however, please contact the City on (08) 9205 8555 to discuss.

What is the dress code for the ceremony?

There is no strict dress code for Citizenship Ceremonies however, smart casual is recommended. Recipients often like to wear their traditional dress adding a wonderful element to our ceremonies.

Does the City provide a photographer at these ceremonies?

The City of Stirling does not provide a photographer at its Citizenship Ceremonies however, recipients and guests are invited to bring their cameras along and are welcome to take photos during the ceremony. The Presiding Member will also be available following the ceremony for photographs.

Is it possible to arrange a ceremony earlier than the standard waiting time?

In exceptional circumstances a private ceremony may be arranged with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. For further information please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880.

Do you accept recipients from outside the City of Stirling?

Unfortunately, the City cannot accept recipients from outside of its boundaries due to the large number of pending recipients from within the City of Stirling.

I have lost my citizenship certificate, what should I do?

If you have lost your citizenship certificate, you will need to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to arrange a replacement on 13 18 80. The City of Stirling cannot issue or replace citizenship certificates.

If you require further information relating to the City of Stirling's citizenship ceremonies, please contact the City's citizenship line on (08) 9205 8555.

Contacts

City of Stirling Customer Service Centre
25 Cedric Street
Stirling WA 6021
Phone: (08) 9205 8555

 

Other Contacts and Information

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Phone: Citizenship Information Line 13 18 80
Web: https://www.border.gov.au/
Wellington Central
836 Wellington Street
West Perth WA 6005


Australian Passports' office

www.passports.gov.au