Australian Citizenship is an important common bond for all Australians (whether Australians by birth or by choice) and lies at the heart of a unified, cohesive and inclusive Australia.

How to become an Australian citizen

To become an Australian citizen you must apply to the Department of Home Affairs. Please visit the citizenship website for application information or call the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

Citizenship ceremonies

Redland City welcomes new citizens five times a year at citizenship ceremonies conducted by Council to formally welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian and Redlands community.

Once your application for citizenship is approved by the Deparment of Home Affairs, we will issue you with an invitation to the next available ceremony. 

Generally, ceremonies are scheduled within six months of approval but waiting periods vary. When you have been scheduled to attend a ceremony you will receive an invitation approximately 3 – 4 weeks before the date of your ceremony.

Please do not contact Redland City Council to enquire if you are included in a particular ceremony as the allocation of candidates to ceremonies is a Department of Home Affairs function.

Please note: if it has been less than six months since your application for citizenship was approved, the Department of Home Affairs will not respond to any enquiries regarding ceremony dates

Your Australian citizenship comes into effect when you attend the ceremony. It can take up to eight months from the date you lodge your application to the date of the ceremony.

Please note Redland City Council will allocate a date once the list of candidates has been received from the Department of Home Affairs as such, Redland City Council cannot supply ceremony dates until this list has been received and a ceremony allocated.

Photos from citizenship ceremonies can be found on Council's Flickr gallery