Becoming an Australian Citizen

Please note: All citizenship ceremonies have been suspended by the Department of Home Affairs. For further information please contact the department on 131 880.


Citizenship ceremonies are an important event in the lives of people who have chosen to become new Australian citizens. It is a very formal and significant occasion for them.

Members of the community interested in becoming Australian citizens should telephone the Department of Home Affairs on 13 18 80, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Once citizenship applications have been processed by the Department and Council has been notified of an applicant’s success, an invitation will be sent to attend a ceremony at Penrith City Council where new citizens will receive their Citizenship Certificate. This can take up to 6 months from the date of your approval letter.

Penrith City Council hosts citizenship ceremonies most months of the year for about 70 people per ceremony. The ceremonies are conducted at the Council Chambers, 601 High Street, Penrith, at 7.00pm.  

The presentation of the Citizenship Certificate is the final step to becoming an Australian citizen.

Becoming an Australian citizen confers upon people certain responsibilities as well as privileges and benefits.  Most importantly, as an Australian citizen you have the opportunity to have your say on how our country should be run by being able to vote at local, state and federal elections.

Officers from the Australian Electoral Commission attend Council’s citizenship ceremonies and at the conclusion of the ceremony you can complete an Electoral Enrolment form so that your name can be added to the Electoral Roll.

For more information about Citizenship Ceremonies, you can contact Council on 4732 7652 or 4732 8678.