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.
Six new Light Regional Council citizens made their Australian Citizenship pledge at Freeling on 26 January 2020.