The Shire is proud to welcome those who choose to take up Australia Citizenship.
To apply for Australian Citizenship you will need to visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website www.immi.gov.au or phone 131 880 and confirm your eligibility by viewing the eligibility requirements, then complete an online application form. The Department will advise of the process involved in applying for Australian Citizenship.
You will be advised by letter from Canberra when your application has been approved. Following this, Immigration will forward a report to Council listing the names of those who have recently been approved. Council will then request certificates advising Immigration of the ceremony date. Citizenship certificates are then printed in Canberra and sent to the Council in time for the ceremony.
Ceremonies at the Shire of Murray are held approximately every 3 months throughout the year and on Australia Day 26 January (except during the month of December). Ceremonies are normally held on a week day at 4.00pm and you will be forwarded an invitation to attend the next ceremony. If for some reason you cannot attend that ceremony, please advise us and we will move you to the next ceremony date. Please note that you may need to wait 3 months for the next available ceremony.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How often do you have your ceremonies?
A: The Shire of Murray holds a Citizenship Ceremony approximately every three months and always on Australia Day (26 January), however, we do not hold a ceremony in December.
Q: I have received my approval letter; can I book into a ceremony?
A: Not necessarily. Immigration will send your approval data to Council within two weeks of you receiving your letter of approval. We cannot allocate you to a ceremony without the data from immigration. We then allocate you to the very next available ceremony date and following a phone call checking your availability we will post you an invitation to attend that ceremony.
Q: I can’t attend the ceremony I have been invited to. Can I reschedule?
A: Yes. We can move you to the next available ceremony. You may have to wait up to 3 months for the next ceremony.
Q: I live in another Council, can I have my ceremony at Murray?
A: Yes. This is at the discretion of the Shire President and the request is usually granted depending on the circumstances of the request.