The City of Stirling holds regular citizenship ceremonies in the City’s Reception Hall. Registration opens at 5.30pm, and the ceremony starts at 6.30pm. Guests are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before start time. Ceremonies usually finish between 7.30pm and 8.00pm, after which refreshments are served in the lobby.
The City of Stirling is unable to provide a ceremony date until we receive notification from the Department of Home Affairs that you have been approved for citizenship. Once the City receives this notification, you will be booked in for the next available ceremony. Please note, the City is advised of your approval approximately three weeks after you have received your approval letter.
The waiting period for a citizenship ceremony is approximately three to six months after you have received your approval letter from the Department of Home Affairs.
The City of Stirling will email an invitation to you approximately two to four weeks before your ceremony date.
Yes. Recipients aged 16 years or older must bring photographic identification such as a driver's licence or passport. We suggest that you also bring your invitation to help with the registration process.
In most cases, recipients are presented with their Australian Citizenship Certificate upon taking their pledge. If your certificate is not available, the Department of Home Affairs will post it to you.
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 allocates a seat for them, and they are encouraged to take the citizenship pledge where possible.
There are two variations of the citizenship pledge:
- The Oath pledge which refers to God
- The Affirmation pledge which does not.
The City of Stirling allows two guests per recipient. On occasion, additional guests may be accommodated. For more information, please phone our Contact Centre on (08) 9205 8555.
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.
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. The presiding member will also be available for photographs, following the ceremony.
In exceptional circumstances, a private ceremony may be arranged with the Department of Home Affairs. For more information, please phone the Department of Home Affairs on 13 18 80.
Unfortunately, the City cannot accept recipients from outside its boundaries, due to the large number of pending recipients from within the City of Stirling.
If you have lost your citizenship certificate, you will need to fill in form 119 - application for evidence of Australian citizenship from the Home Affairs website alternatively you can contact Home Affairs via phone 131 880.
The City of Stirling cannot issue or replace citizenship certificates.