Under the Citizenship Act 2007, Mitchell Shire Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies on behalf of the Commonwealth Government. Ceremonies take place at Mitchell Civic Centre for candidates who live in Mitchell Shire.
Successful applicants are invited to attend a citizenship ceremony as the final step in their journey to become an Australian citizen and to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge.
All Ceremonies except for Australia Day are held at the Mitchell Civic Centre, 113 High Street Broadford 3658.
While these ceremonies are held in the Mitchell Civic Centre, the Mitchell Shire Council is not responsible for allocating candidates to dates. This is the decision of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Applicants who are unable to attend the ceremony on the nominated date should contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880 to make alternative arrangements.
Applications for citizenship are made to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by phoning 131 880 or online at www.citizenship.gov.au Applicants are advised in writing by the Department if their application has been successful.
Voting by new citizens
All new citizens over the age of 18 are required to enrol to vote. This enrolment can be completed at the Citizenship ceremony and entitles new citizens to vote at Commonwealth, State and Council elections.
Voting at Commonwealth, State and Council elections is compulsory and there are fines for failure to do so without a valid excuse.