Becoming an Australian Citizen is an important step in the journey of immigration to Australia. Gladstone Regional Council welcomes new Australian Citizens to the region.
Applying for Citizenship
Information on applying for Australian Citizenship is available by contacting the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on the Citizenship Hotline on 131 880 or via the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's website at http://www.citizenship.gov.au/applying/ . You may be required to undertake a citizenship test depending on your eligibility. Please contact the Department for further information.
Information booklet - Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond
An information booklet titled Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond is available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to download at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Citi/Lear/Citizenship-test/Australian-citizenship-test-resource or contact the Department on 131 880 for a copy.
Citizenship Ceremonies Conducted
Citizenship ceremonies are conducted on a regular basis (with the exception of December) with the Mayor. The Mayor holds public citzenship ceremonies and *urgent private ceremonies (*urgent private ceremonies are only held if the candidate has an urgent valid reason and a request must be made to the Department of Immigration and Border Control if an urgent ceremony is required). Council holds a special public ceremony on the eve of Australia Day (25 January) in conjunction with Council's Australia Day Awards and on Citizenship Day (usually 17 September).
Council is contacted at the end of the citizenship application process by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection when the candidate has received approval and has been allocated to a ceremony. Once a candididate has received their letter of approval from the Department it can take several months before Council is notified of their allocation to a ceremony. Please note that once the candidate has their approval letter it can take up to 3 - 6 months to be allocated to a ceremony. Council will contact the candidate via email and foward a copy of letter in the mail once we are advised of when the ceremony will be by the Department.
Should you have any queries regarding citizenship ceremonies please contact Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on 4972 2822 (who organise the ceremonies) otherwise all enquires regarding application for citizenship should be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 880.