The path to citizenship
Before you can become an Australian citizen you need to first contact the federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), 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. DIAC will notify you (in writing) if your application is successful and 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 DIAC. The Lord Mayor of Sydney oversees the ceremonies.
Please note that 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 DIAC. If you have any questions about your application, call the DIAC Citizenship Information Line on 13 18 80.
Upcoming citizenship ceremonies
- Wednesday 26 March 2014
- Friday 4 April 2014
- Friday 9 May 2014
- Friday 30 May 2014
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 9355
LinksDepartment of Immigration and Citizenship
Last updated: Monday, 17 February 2014