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Citizenship ceremonies

We conduct citizenship ceremonies 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.

Citizenship Ceremony Dates and Locations

Each year a ceremony is held on Australia Day (26 January) at various locations within Mitchell Shire.

Three additional ceremonies are held every year in March, June and September at Broadford Shire Hall, 20 Murchison Street, Broadford.

Ceremony wait times

The Department of Home affairs now publishes wait times data to increase transparency around when approved applicants will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony.

To access this information, visit the Department of Home Affairs website and search for Mitchell Shire Council.

How to apply to become a citizen

To apply for citizenship, visit the Australian Government: Department of Home Affairs website or phone 131 880.

Applicants are advised in writing by the Department if their application has been successful.

New Citizens – Compulsory Voting

All new citizens over the age of 18 are required to enrol to vote. 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.

This page was last updated on 19 October 2022.