Lake Inverell


Australian citizenship is an important step in your migration story. Becoming an Australian citizen means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. It is also the beginning of your formal membership of the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say ‘I am Australian’.


To become an Australian citizen you will need to complete the following steps:

STEP 1: Confirm that you are eligible. The Department of Home Affairs website provides information on citizenship eligibility.

STEP 2: Fill in an application, lodge the form and pay the fee. Once you lodge the Citizenship Application Form, it will be processed by staff at the Department of Home Affairs.

STEP 3: Attend a short interview. You may be able to attend your interview at an Australia Post office. After your interview, the Department will write to you about whether your application has been approved. Most applications are processed in 6 – 8 weeks.

STEP 4 : Once your application has been assessed and approved you will receive correspondence from the Department of Home Affairs advising you that your application was successful. The Department of Homes Affairs will then finalise your paperwork, order your Certificate and provide Council with a list of names to include in the next ceremony. Once this information is received, an invitation will be sent to you to attend the next citizenship ceremony.

STEP 5: Attending a citizenship ceremony, taking the pledge and receiving  your Certificate is the final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen. The ceremony fulfils the requirements under Australian citizenship law and provides an opportunity for Inverell Shire Council to officially welcome its new citizens.

Enquiries regarding Australian Citizenship and the application process should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.


Conferees at citizenship ceremonies are encouraged to wear formal / smart casual clothing, or traditional cultural dress which reflects the significance of the occasion.

This Dress Code is a requirement of the Australian Government’s Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code.

The Presiding Officer will have the discretion to decide for those who do not meet the requirements of the dress code, as to whether they are allowed to make the Pledge of Commitment to become an Australian Citizen.


The dates for the upcoming Citizenship Ceremonies are detailed below:

  • Australia Day – 26 January, 2021
  • 24 March 2021
  • 26 May 2021
  • 28 July 2021
  • International Citizenship Day – 17 September 2021
  • 24 November 2021

Please note that dates are subject to change.


Inverell Shire welcomed 37 new Australian citizens from 13 nations in 2020.

Four in-person ceremonies were held in Inverell on 26 January 2020, 25 March 2020, and 22 July 2020. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, Council was unable to conduct in-person ceremonies from April to June 2020. During this time, seven conferees took the pledge via virtual ceremony conducted by the Department of Home Affairs.

Throughout 2020, proud new patriots have migrated from various countries around the world including:

Country Conferees
Brazil 16%
Britain 5%
Ireland 3%
India 14%
New Zealand 3%
Nigeria 3%
Philippines 35%
South Africa 3%
Sweden 3%
Tanzania 3%
Ukraine 3%
United Kingdom 3%
United States of America 8%


Congratulations to the following Inverell Shire residents who recently took their citizenship pledge and became Australian citizens.

Mayor, Paul Harmon with Australia Day 2021 Citizenship Recipients - (L:R) Ms Alaba Deji-ojo from Nigeria, Mr Tawseef Nasti from India, Ms Emmy Baert from Belgium.Citizenship recipient, Warwick Bedford from New Zealand - March 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Rosselle Zapata of the Philippines - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Piaget Abayo of Tanzania - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Patrick Veloso Gomes of Brazil - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Jheliton Martins da Silva of Brazil - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Harinder Singh of India - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Emmanuel Manallo of the Philippines - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Damara Decker the United States - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Carolina Andersson of Sweden - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient - Allan Abuan of the Philippines - July 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipients, Mrs Sheeba Baby & children, Alen & Lidiya Varghese from India (Lidiya - Ireland) - March 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient, Mrs Oksana Zakharchuk from Ukraine - March 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipient, Mrs Michelle Fallon from the United Kingdom - March 2020 Citizenship CeremonyCitizenship recipients - Australia Day 2020 Citizenship Ceremony

Last modified 28-Jan-2021



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Inverell NSW 2360

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