Celebrating citizenship on Australia Day

​Australia Day is celebrated on 26 January each year. This day is an opportunity for us to think about the importance and value of being Australian. We celebrate what we have achieved as a nation together and recommit to making Australia an even better place for the future.

Citizenship ceremonies are an important part of Australia Day celebrations. They are often led by officials including the Governor-General, Prime Minister, government representatives or other prominent Australian citizens. Since the first Australian citizenship ceremony in 1949, more than 5 million people have chosen to become Australian citizens.

Australia Day is also an opportunity for all Australians to affirm their commitment to Australia by taking part in an Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony. These ceremonies can be part of a citizenship ceremony or other community function.

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Australia Day celebrations this year saw over 16 000 people from around 150 countries become Australian citizens across the nation, in almost 400 ceremonies hosted across all states and territories.

Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP with the new citizens at their special Australia Day citizenship ceremony on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin.

Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP with the new citizens at their special Australia Day citizenship ceremony on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin.

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On the bank of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP conferred Australian citizenship on 27 people at a special ceremony which was televised live on the ABC.

Following the ceremony one of our newest citizens, an opera singer, Diego Torre Villegas performed a beautiful rendition of the Australian National Anthem accompanied by the Royal Australian Navy Band.

Diego Torre Villegas performing the Australian National Anthem during the Australia Day citizenship ceremony in Canberra.

Diego Torre Villegas performing the Australian National Anthem during the Australia Day citizenship ceremony in Canberra.

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The Governor-General, who presided at a ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, in Sydney on Australia Day 2016, with new Australian citizen Bollywood choreographer and director, Prafulla Prafida.

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2016 Australian of the Year Award recipients. Gordian Fulde, Nic Marchesi, Lucas Patchett, Catherine Keenan and David Morrison.

2016 Australian of the Year Award recipients. Gordian Fulde, Nic Marchesi, Lucas Patchett, Catherine Keenan and David Morrison.

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As part of the national Australia Day celebrations, the Prime Minister announces the recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards. Each year we recognise the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia.

The Department proudly sponsors the Local Hero Award which recognises the contributions of citizens in their local communities.​

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