Becoming an Australian Citizen is an important step in the journey of immigration to Australia. Mareeba Shire Council welcomes all new Australian Citizens to the region.

Information on applying for Australian Citizenship is available on the Department of Home Affairs website. Please contact the Department of Home Affairs if you have any questions via email at ceremony.qld@homeaffairs.gov.au or 131 880.

To become an Australian citizen, you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony and make the pledge.

A Citizenship Ceremony consists of:

  • Reading the Minister’s message
  • Mayor’s welcome
  • Citizenship preamble
  • Citizenship pledges
  • Australian National anthem
  • Photos and presenting certificates
  • Morning tea

Please aim to arrive 10 minutes before the ceremony to ensure there is enough time for registration and allow 45 minutes for the ceremony. Family and friends are more than welcome to join.

Ceremony Dates 2024

  • Thursday, 25 January
  • Thursday, 4 April
  • Friday, 21 June
  • Thursday, 26 September
  • Tuesday, 5 December

Please be aware that if you do not attend a ceremony and make a Pledge of Commitment within 12 months of the date your citizenship application was approved, the approval of your application may be cancelled.

Ceremony Invitations

The Department of Home Affairs will send an approved list of Candidates to Council approximately four weeks before the ceremony and Council will send an invitation once the list is received via email and postal address.

What to Bring

Please remember to bring valid photo ID, such as a passport or Australian driver’s licence for conferees 16 years of age and over. Conferees who wish to make the pledge of commitment on a holy book or scripture of their choice should bring it to the ceremony.

Children

Children under the age of 16 years are not required to make the pledge of commitment or attend a citizenship ceremony although they are welcome and encouraged to do so with their parent(s) if they wish. Children who were under 16 on application, but have since turned 16 are not required to make the pledge. Children do not have to present identification at citizenship ceremonies. Most children aged 16 years or over must make the pledge of commitment and provide identity documents at the ceremony.

Media Consent

During the ceremony, Conferees will have an opportunity to take a photo with the Mayor / Presiding Officer and Council will also take a group photo for those who wish to join. Conferees will be provided with a media consent form before the ceremony which will be available to sign on the day of the ceremony at registration. It is not compulsory to join the group photo.

Dress Code

The attire of attendees at citizenship ceremonies should reflect the significance of the occasion. Conferees are more than welcome to wear your national or cultural dress.

Please click the button below to view the dress code.

Citizenship Ceremony Dress Code