Australian Citizenship Day

​​​​Australian citizenship day is celebrated each year on 17 September. It is a special day to reflect on and celebrate being an Australian citizen.

Australian citizenship is more than a legal status. It is our common bond that represents our shared democratic beliefs and gives us a sense of belonging and pride in our achievements as a nation​.​

Active citizens strengthen Australia by working to improve their local community. Australian Citizenship Day is a day to recognise the contributions of inspiring citizens in our community.

Find out how to make Australian Citizenship Day a day to celebrate your Australian citizenship. ​

The Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove presided at a citizenship ceremony where 35 people became new Australian citizens at Government House, Canberra.  Australian Citizenship Day 2015.

The Governor-Genera​l, Sir Peter Cosgrove presided at a citizenship ceremony where 35 people became new Australian citizens at Government House, Canberra. Australian Citizenship Day 2016. ​

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​​History of Australian Citizenship Day

In 2001, Australian Citizenship Day was launched to increase community awareness of Au​stralian citizenship. Australian Citizenship Day now provides a main point for citizenship-related activities and celebrations. It was introduced as a result of a recommendation by the Australian Citizenship Council. 17 September was chosen because it is the anniversary of the renaming of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 to the Australian Citizenship Act 1948.

Teaching resources

Australian citizenship is the bond that unites all Australians, regardless of whether we were born in Australia or have decided to make Australia our home. Explore Australian citizenship in the classroom with upper primary and lower secondary students using these teaching resources​. You may also decorate and educate with our colour-in bunting templates when you celebrate your Australian Citizenship​.

Host an Australian citizenship affirmation

The Australian citizenship affirmation offers the perfect opportunity to those who wish to publicly express their pride in being an Australian citizen and affirm their loyalty and commitment to Australia and its people.

Host your Australian citizenship affirmation at:

  • a workplace morning tea
  • your school assembly
  • a community event
  • a barbeque with friends and family.

To receive a free Australian citizenship affirmation kit, register your event

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