Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies

The path to citizenship

Before you can become an Australian citizen you need to first contact the federal Department of Immigration and Border Protection, to find out if you meet the criteria.

If you are eligible, you'll be asked to complete an application form, pay a fee and attend a short interview. The department will notify you in writing if your application is successful and will contact you again to advise the date, time and location of your citizenship ceremony.

If you are a City of Sydney resident, your ceremony will take place at the historic Sydney Town Hall.

The first citizenship ceremony in NSW took place at the Sydney Town Hall on 26 March 1954.

The City of Sydney's role

The City of Sydney places great importance on Australian citizenship and hosts large ceremonies each month for local residents who have been approved to become Australian citizens by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The Lord Mayor of Sydney conducts the ceremonies.

Please note: The City of Sydney does not process applications and our staff are not involved in any decision making at all. We don't even decide which ceremony you will attend. All of these decisions are made by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. If you have any questions about your application, contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or phone the Citizenship Information Line on 13 18 80.

Upcoming citizenship ceremonies in 2016    

  • Wednesday 27 July
  • Thursday 11 August
  • Wednesday 24 August
  • Friday 23 September
  • Wednesday 19 October
  • Friday 11 November
  • Wednesday 30 November

Dates are subject to change.


Should you have any special requirements regarding the ceremony, such as assisted disability access, contact the Lord Mayor's Protocol Unit as soon as you are advised of your scheduled ceremony date.

Office of the Lord Mayor (Protocol Unit)

02 9265 9982


Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Australia Day 2016

Lord Mayor Clover Moore made 27 local residents Australian citizens at a citizenship ceremony at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Australia Day.

The Lord Mayor was joined by federal member of parliament for Sydney Tanya Plibersek and NSW members for Sydney and Newtown, Alex Greenwich and Jenny Leong, respectively.

The new Australian citizens come from 17 countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Croatia, Fiji, France, India, Iran, Ireland, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, Syria, United Arab Emirates, USA and Zimbabwe.

Last updated: Friday, 20 May 2016