Australian Citizenship Day

Australian citizenship day occurs each year on 17 September. It is a special day to reflect on 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.

Citizenship is a privilege to have, not a birthright. On Australian Citizenship Day all Australians are encouraged to join our newest citizens as they make a commitment to Australia and start their own Australian story.

You can visit our social media hub to see all the Australian citizenship stories that people have shared with us.

You might also like to download our range of resources to help you reflect on what it means to be Australian.

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.     

Reflect on Australian Citizenship Day

The Australian citizenship affirmation is a way to affirm your loyalty and commitment to Australia and its people and reflect on what it means to be Australian.
Ways you can reflect on your Australian citizenship:

You can download a range of resources to assist with recognising Australian Citizenship Day.

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​.

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