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Changes to events and gatherings
Following NSW Health advice all face-to-face Council events have been postponed or temporarily suspended. Please check the Changes to events and gatherings page for the most up to date information.

We have moved to online Citizenship Ceremonies during lockdown and hope to resume our normal in person ceremonies once we can safely do so.

Once you have been approved and received your letter of approval from the DIBP, you will be put on a six to twelve Month waiting list for a ceremony. Council will receive your details prior to your allocated ceremony date and will then contact you at this time. Please do not contact Council prior to receiving your invitation to a ceremony as we are unable to tell you where you sit on the waiting list.

The ceremonies are still run in order of approved citizenship, the Department supplies council a list of citizens the week prior to the online ceremony, if you are on this list you will receive an email invitation. Please note council is hosting 2-3 ceremonies a week with approx. 50 citizens attending each.

If you are offered an online ceremony, you may decline if you would prefer to wait for in person.

All candidates as a group will take the pledge of Citizenship (Oath or Affirmation). If you wish to hold a holy book while you pledge, you’re welcome to bring your own choice.

A smart casual dress code applies to all citizenship ceremonies. National or cultural dress is also acceptable.

Citizenship for children

If you apply for citizenship for a child under 16 years of age, you need to attend the ceremony and receive their Citizenship Certificate on their behalf. Children are not required to attend, but of course we welcome them.

Still have questions about ceremonies

Enquiries specifically relating to your ceremony (not including your waiting time) can be made by contacting Northern Beaches Council at Events@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au .

At a Northern Beaches Council Citizenship Ceremony you’ll receive your citizenship certificate in front of your family and friends. It’s a proud and memorable day.

Once you have been approved and received your letter of approval from the DIBP, you will be put on a six month waiting list for a ceremony. Council will receive your details one month prior to your allocated ceremony date and will then contact you at this time. Please do not contact Council prior to receiving your invitation to a ceremony as we are unable to tell you where you sit on the waiting list.

2020 ceremony dates

DateVenue
Sunday 26 JanuaryGlen Street Theatre, Belrose
Saturday 7 MarchGlen Street Theatre, Belrose
Monday 16 MarchGlen Street Theatre, Belrose
Monday 6 AprilGlen Street Theatre, Belrose - Cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions 
Monday 11 MayGlen Street Theatre, Belrose- Cancelled due to COVID19 restrictions 
Saturday 13 JuneGlen Street Theatre, Belrose
Monday 3 AugustGlen Street Theatre, Belrose
Monday 10 AugustGlen Street Theatre, Belrose
Thursday 17 SeptemberCivic Centre, Dee Why
Monday 19 OctoberCivic Centre, Dee Why
Monday, 23 NovemberCivic Centre, Dee Why

Ceremony details

Ceremonies are held at Glen Street Theatre, Belrose or Council Chambers, Dee Why for 90-150 candidates.

Ceremonies will usually commence at 6pm (with registration prior) and take approximately one hour. Confirmed ceremony times will be provided on your invitation. 

Dates are subject to change, so check the details on your invitation, or contact us closer to the date.

Don’t forget to bring photo identification.

All candidates will stand as a group and take the pledge of Citizenship (Oath or Affirmation). If you wish to hold a holy book while you pledge, you’re welcome to bring your own choice.

Professional photographs are taken and available to download online, free.

A smart casual dress code applies to all citizenship ceremonies. National or cultural dress is also acceptable.

Family and friends

We welcome your family and friends. However, we ask that you bring no more than two guests so we can seat everyone. Guests sit separately from the candidate during the ceremony.

Citizenship for children

If you apply for citizenship for a child under 16 years of age, you need to attend the ceremony and receive their Citizenship Certificate on their behalf. Children are not required to attend, but of course we welcome them.

Still have questions about ceremonies

Enquiries specifically relating to your ceremony (not including your waiting time) can be made by contacting Northern Beaches Council on 9942 2301 or 9976 1624.