Citizenship

The City holds regular ceremonies to welcome new Australian citizens to Kwinana. Find out whether you’re eligible, how to apply, citizenship ceremony details and more.

Eligibility and how to apply

Becoming an Australian Citzen is an important step in your migration story, by becoming an Australian citizen you are choosing to make an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that it stands for.

Eligibility

Residents of the City of Kwinana may be eligible for Australian Citizenship if they;

  • are a permanent resident of Australia;
  • have lived in Australia at least four years, including at least 12 months as a permanent resident​;
  • are of good character;​​​
  • have a basic knowledge of English (this requirement won't apply if you are aged 50 or over);
  • have an adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of being an Australian citizen; or
  • intend to live in, or maintain a close continuing association with Australia.​

How to apply

To apply for citizenship please follow the below steps;

  1. Complete a citizenship application form through the Department of Home Affairs or by phoning the citizenship information line on 131 880.
  2. After submitting your application, check its progress by tracking your citizenship application online. Please note; the City of Kwinana does not have access to the progress and timeline of your application until it has been approved by the Department of Home Affairs.
  3. Once your application has been approved, you will receive a letter from the Department of Home Affairs.
  4. The City will receive information from the Department of Home Affairs and you will be allocated a position in the next available citizenship ceremony. A letter will be sent to notify you of your ceremony date approximately four weeks before your ceremony date. The waiting period for a ceremony is between 12 to 14 weeks.
     

Cost

The cost of becoming an Australian citizen is around $285 per person. (Cost is subject to change)

Attending a ceremony

At the City of Kwinana, our citizenship ceremonies are special events conducted by the Mayor where applicants are required to make the Australian citizenship pledge. This is the final step in the journey to becoming an Australian citizen.

Citizenship ceremonies are held once a month at Medina Hall on an evening during the week at 5.30pm. Ceremonies in the City of Kwinana are only able to be attended by residents of the City.

Ceremonies are closed off at least four weeks before the ceremony date to allow time for invitations to be posted and certificates ordered from Immigration in Sydney. The City will close off a ceremony earlier if numbers have reached maximum capacity.

Rescheduling your ceremony

If you are unable to attend your scheduled ceremony date, are a fly-in/fly-out worker or are travelling, please contact the City to discuss your situation and ensure you are moved to the next available date.

Special ceremonies are only granted in special circumstances and are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Home Affairs.

Obtaining a Passport

Applications for an Australian passport can be lodged at your local post office after you receive your citizenship certificate and the ceremony. A passport application takes around 14 working days and requires you to complete a separate application form which you can get at your local post office.

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