Individuals and Travellers

Organising a ceremony

Most citizenship ceremonies are organised and hosted by local councils.

The Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code is a guide for local councils and community organisations on the procedure for conducting citizenship and affirmation ceremonies. The code highlights the legal requirements for the conduct of a ceremony, outlines the role of those conducting a ceremony and provides practical advice to people planning to conduct a ceremony.
See:Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code (1.6MB PDF file)

National Symbols

In keeping with other Commonwealth official occasions, the following national symbols must be present in a citizenship ceremony. These are generally available through the local federal member of parliament under the Constituents Request Program.

Further guidance on displaying national symbols and the Australian National Anthem is available on the It's an Honour website.

Commonwealth Coat of Arms and portrait of The Queen

The Commonwealth Coat of Arms and an official portrait or photograph of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II are to be displayed. The portrait should be placed behind the presiding officer or in another prominent position, at the same level and to the left (when facing) of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms.

Images of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms and Portrait of The Queen

Commonwealth Coat of Arms

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Australian National Flag

Information on protocols for flying the flag is available on the It's an Honour website

Australian National Anthem

The Australian National Anthem (Advance Australia Fair) must be played at the end of the ceremony. This may be played as a live performance or a recording. All attendees at the ceremony should be invited to join in singing the National Anthem. The words of the National Anthem should be provided.
Further guidance on the Australian National Anthem is available on the It's an Honour website.

Other Australian Flags

It is customary to display the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at citizenship ceremonies.
Further guidance on other Australian flags is available on the It's an Honour website.

Ordering products for ceremonies

A wide range of Australian citizenship and affirmation products are available at no charge.

If you are a ceremony organiser and you would like to order products for a citizenship ceremony, please use the Organising a Ceremony order form. A password is required to use this order form and can be obtained from the department's ceremonies contact officer.

If you would like to order products for your personal use, please use the Citizenship Products order form.

Letter templates

A template for the letter sent to ceremony attendees is available from the department's state and territory offices. You may use this with your organisation's letterhead in its entirety or in a modified form.

The Minister's message

A message from the Minister must be read out at every citizenship ceremony that the Minister does not attend. The Minister's message should be read out after the opening address and before any official speeches.