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.


Inverell Shire welcomed 23 new Australian citizens from nine (9) nations in 2019 over four (4) ceremonies held on 13 February, 24 April, 28 August and 23 October, 2019. The latest figures from Australian Bureau of Statistics states 15.8% of Inverell Shire residents were born overseas, which is an increase of 42% in the last four (4) years.

The citizenship ceremonies at the Council Chambers, took place in front of close to 100 family, friends, workmates and Councillors.

Throughout 2019, proud new patriots have migrated from various countries around the world including:

Country Conferees
South Africa 4%
New Zealand 4%
Vietnam 13%
Philippines 35%
England 4%
Tonga 4%
United States of America 4%
Brazil 26%
Indonesia 4%


The dates for the upcoming Citizenship Ceremonies are detailed below:

  • Australia Day – 26 January, 2020;
  • Wednesday, 25 March, 2020;
  • Wednesday, 27 May, 2020;
  • Wednesday, 22 July, 2020;
  • International Citizenship Day – 17 September 2020; and
  • Wednesday, 25 November, 2020.

Please note that dates are subject to change.


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

Citizenship recipients - Australia Day 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 recipient, Warwick Bedford from New Zealand - March 2020 Citizenship Ceremony

Last modified 20-Jan-2020



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PO Box 138 Inverell NSW 2360

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Inverell NSW 2360

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