How do you become an Australian Citizen?

All applications for Australian Citizenship are processed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

More information on how to apply for Australian Citizenship is available from the Australian Citizenship website.

Citizenship Information Line

Phone: 131 880.

Please note:  Hepburn Shire Council has no involvement in approving your application or allocating candidates to ceremony dates.

The Final Step

Once a candidate’s application has been approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the final step in becoming an Australian citizen is to make a Pledge of Commitment at an Australian citizenship ceremony.

Candidates will receive an invitation from Council confirming their Citizenship Ceremony date and location and other important information.

At Citizenship ceremonies we celebrate candidates becoming an Australian Citizen.  Candidates are welcome to bring family and friends to ceremonies to share this special occasion.

Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies are administered by Hepburn Shire Council on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Council generally hosts ceremonies twice a year which are open to members of the public.

Ceremony 1:               Australia Day Eve – 25 January

Ceremony 2:              Tuesday 4 July 2017

For further information on previous or upcoming Citizenship Ceremonies, please contact Ms Tenique Hell- Governance Officer on 03) 5321 6115 or email