Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies

Australia Day 2017

Lord Mayor Clover Moore made 29 local residents Australian citizens at a citizenship ceremony at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Australia Day. 

The Lord Mayor was joined by NSW members for Sydney and Newtown, Alex Greenwich and Jenny Leong, respectively.

The new Australian citizens come from 18 countries including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia.

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.

Citizenship ceremonies in 2017

  • Wednesday 28 June
  • Tuesday 18 July
  • Thursday 17 August
  • Wednesday 20 September
  • Wednesday 15 November
  • Wednesday 22 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

Last updated: Monday, 5 June 2017