Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are Australian Citizenship ceremonies held?

Mackay Regional Council hosts six (6) ceremonies throughout the year for information on dates of ceremonies, or to make a booking, please contact the Department of Immigration & Border Protection on 131 880. Family and friends are invited to attend the ceremonies.

The Mayor officiates and as part of the council ceremony new citizens receive a voucher for an orchid and a photographic memento.

Day of the Ceremony

What to Wear People attending citizenship ceremonies usually wear smart casual clothing. If you wish to wear your traditional dress you are more than welcome to do so.

What to Bring You will need to bring the following documentation with you to the ceremony and present it on arrival:-

1. One of the following forms of identification:-

  • Driver's Licence; or
  • Passport; or
  • Official document which includes a photograph; or
  • If you do not have any photographic identification, at least 3 documents bearing your name, address and signature (eg. bank statements, credit cards or bills)

Please note: children under 16 years of age do not need to provide identification

2. If you want to make the pledge of commitment on a holy book please ensure you bring the book to the ceremony.

What happens at the Ceremony Please ensure that you arrive at the venue at the time on the invitation letter and make contact with council's Corporate Communications representative, who coordinates council's citizenship ceremonies.

Please note that Citizenship Ceremonies may attract media attention and representatives from the local media may attend ceremonies to film or photograph the ceremony. Please advise council's Corporate Communications Officer if you do not wish to be filmed or photographed.

Allow two (2) hours for the citizenship ceremony even though the ceremony itself will only take approximately an hour. This extra time allows for registration, seating and photographs at the conclusion of the ceremony.

It will be necessary for you to make a Pledge of Commitment and this will take the form of either an Oath on the Bible or Sacred Book of your Religion, or by making an Affirmation. A pledge card with the words of the Australian Citizenship Pledge will be provided to you on the day. The pledges are as follows:-

Australian Citizenship Pledge No. 1 (Oath)“From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey”.

Australian Citizenship Pledge No. 2 (Affirmation) “From this time forward,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey”.

Ceremony Conclusion A photographer will be present at the ceremony and you are invited to have your photograph taken with the Mayor and your family and friends. Your photograph will be ready for collection from council's Sir Albert Abbott Administration Building, 73 Gordon Street, three weeks after the Ceremony. This photograph is provided to you as a gift from council. Additional copies of the photograph can be ordered through the photographer but these will be at a cost negotiated between you and the photographer.

Once the ceremony is completed you will also be offered the opportunity to put your name on the electoral roll, so that you can vote in Australian elections. You may complete your enrolment form at the ceremony or take it home to complete later. A representative from the Australian Electoral Commission will be present on the day to collect your form.

Your Certificate

Your certificate is an important legal document, which you should look after. You will need it when you apply to get an Australian passport.