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Becoming an Australian Citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people.

The Light Regional Council conducts conferral ceremonies for approved Australian Citizenship applicants residing in the council area. Ceremonies are arranged when the council is advised by the department of Immigration and Border Protection that there are applicants available for conferral in the council area. Queries about citizenship applications, citizenship ceremonies and citizenship certificates can be addressed to the Department of Home Affairs by phone 131 880 or by visiting the Department of Home Affairs website.

For most people, the final step in becoming an Australian citizen is making the pledge of commitment at an Australian Citizenship Ceremony. Applicants for Australian Citizenship will generally be invited to attend a ceremony within 3 to 6 months from the date their application is approved. You will receive a written invitation to your ceremony.

The Light Regional Council conducts four Citizenship Ceremonies each year (pending applicants)

  • 26th Jan - Australia Day;
  • 21st March – Harmony Day 
  • 9th July – Constitution Day and 
  • 17th September - Australian Citizenship Day

With the exception of Australia Day, where any of these dates fall on a weekend, the ceremony will be held on the next working day. 

Ceremonies are conducted by the Mayor and held in the Light Regional Council Chambers unless otherwise specified (with the exception of Australia Day). New citizens are asked to arrive around 15 minutes prior to the ceremony to allow for registration and are welcome to invite family and friends to attend the ceremony. 

Applicants may also be given the opportunity to participate in ceremonies conducted by the Department of Home Affairs at the discretion of the department.

For further information contact the Department of Home Affairs on phone 131 880 or visit their website.


Newest Australian Citizen 2019

One new Light Regional Council citizen made their Australian Citizenship pledge at Wasleys on 26 January 2019.

70 Years of Australian Citizenship

On 26 January 2019, we mark 70 years since Australian citizenship was introduced into law, creating for the first time a legal status of being uniquely Australian.

The first Australian citizenship ceremony was held on 3 February 1949, with seven men - representing each Australian state and territory, like the Commonwealth Star on our flag - swearing their allegiance to Australia. They hailed from Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Greece, Norway, Spain and Yugoslavia. Despite their varied backgrounds, they were united by their commitment to Australian values - equality of opportunity, mutual respect and tolerance, freedom of speech and religion, and commitment to democracy and Australian law.

Today, Australia is one of the most successful multicultural nations in the world. Since 1949, we have welcomed more than five million new Australian citizens to our shores.

All citizens commit to Australia and its people, working together to increase the prosperity of our nation. In 2019 we celebrate the diverse stories of our citizens, the values that we share and the history we create together.

Light Regional Council
PO Box 72
Kapunda SA 5373
Tel: (08) 8525 3200