AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY

The Crescent | From 8am

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Witness more than 1000 people become Australian citizens on Australia Day during Australia's largest Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony!


In partnership with the Department of Home Affairs, City of Parramatta will be hosting Australia's largest Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in the Parramatta Park Amphitheatre on the morning of 26 January, hosted by Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson. With a myriad of special guests and performers, our community will welcome more than 1000 new Australians from Greater Western Sydney!


Information for Candidates

Please arrive early for registration with your photo ID and your invitation letter from the Department of Home Affairs. Once all the candidates have been registered, the formal ceremony will begin with a Welcome to Country performed by Darug Elders, followed by a City Welcome from the Lord Mayor and address by the Australia Day Ambassador.

All candidates will be asked to stand and make the Pledge of Commitment, repeating the words after the Lord Mayor. Making the Pledge is the final legal requirement to becoming an Australian citizen.

The singing of the Australian National Anthem will draw the official ceremony to a close and new citizens will then get the opportunity to complete their Australian Electoral roll applications, enabling them to vote in Australian elections.

If you have applied to become an Australian citizen and have not yet received your invitation, please phone the Australian Citizenship Information Line on 131 880. If you have been approved for Australian Citizenship, ask for the Citizenship Ceremonies section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Where will the ceremony be held?

The ceremony will be held in the Crescent, Parramatta Park. Please see the map for further details. Upon your arrival, follow the signs to the Crescent.


What happens if it rains?

If the ceremony cannot be conducted in Parramatta Park, all candidates will be notified by email from Monday, 21 January 2019. Any changes will also be advertised on this web page and the City of Parramatta Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cityofparramatta/). Your ceremony will still take place on Australia Day, but it will be held at another indoor venue.


How do I get to the ceremony?

There will be no general vehicle access into Parramatta Park on the day of your ceremony – you will not be able to park your car in Parramatta Park on the day. Parramatta Park is on the western edge of Parramatta CBD and it is an easy walk from both Parramatta and Westmead stations. If you are on foot, the best entry points to get to the Citizenship ceremony are from Pitt, Macquarie and George Streets on the eastern boundary.


Public Transport

Train (highly recommended)

Parramatta Park is a short walk from both Parramatta and Westmead train stations. They are approximately 10 minutes’ walk from either station. Refer to Transport NSW to plan your trip.

Taxi/ Ride share /Drop-off

If you are arriving via Taxi or any rideshare apps, please direct them to drop you off at Pitt Street, off Macquarie Street, Parramatta.

Bus

The Parramatta bus terminal is located next to the Parramatta train station in Darcy and Argyle Streets. Refer to Transport NSW to plan your trip.

Parking

Parramatta Park is closed for all vehicles on the 26 January 2019. However, there is limited free on-street parking around the park. Please see map for on-street parking close to the park. Alternatively, there are multiple council owned 24-hour multi-level parking stations. The closest ones to the park are Justice Precinct Carpark & City Centre Car Park. Please see the map for further details.

Accessible Parking

There are a number of accessible parking spots located inside the park for visitors with limited mobility. If you require disability access, please send an email to Fiona Jia FJia@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au before the ceremony to arrange disability parking. Cut off is 15 January 2019. Limited spots available.


What should I bring?

All candidates 16 years and over (as of 26 January 2019) must bring photo identification (such as a passport or driver’s license) and their invitation letter from the Department of Home Affairs. Without this, candidates cannot receive their Australian Citizenship. It is suggested that all guests bring water and sun protection.


I do not have any photo identification.

All candidates 16 years and over (as of 26 January 2019) must provide adequate identification. Without this, candidates cannot receive their Australian Citizenship. For candidates who do not have any form of photographic identification, at least three (3) documents bearing their name, address and signature(for example, bank statements, credit cards or bills) are required.


Does my child need to provide ID?

If your child is receiving Australian citizenship and is under 16 years old as at 26 January 2019, they are not required to provide ID, attend the ceremony or make the Pledge of Commitment. They are, however, encouraged to attend the ceremony and make the pledge if they wish. Children under the age of 16 years listed on a ceremony pledge list as part of a parent’s application only become Australian citizens when that parent becomes an Australian citizen. The parent becomes an Australian citizen by making a pledge of commitment at the citizenship ceremony and will then also be given the child’s certificate.


When can I apply for a passport?

You will not be able to apply for an Australian passport until you have become an Australian citizen by attending an official citizenship ceremony and made the Australian Citizenship Pledge. Once confirmation of your Citizenship has been received by the Department of Home Affairs, you can apply for a passport. For further information about passports, please contact the Australian Passport Office on 131 232 or via the website: https://www.passports.gov.au/


What is the Pledge of Commitment?

There are two forms of the pledge and candidates can choose which one they say - Pledge 1 (includes the words ‘under God’) or Pledge 2 (does not include reference to God). The words of the pledge are in the Program candidates will be given on the day. The Lord Mayor will say each Pledge one line at a time, and candidates are asked to stand and repeat after him. The words will also be on the screen during the ceremony. Further information about the Pledge can be found here: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/citi/pathways-processes/citi/australian-citizenship-pledge


Do I need to make the Pledge of Commitment?

Yes. Making the Pledge is the final legal requirement to becoming an Australian citizen. Candidates can choose between Pledge 1 (includes the words ‘under God’) or Pledge 2 (does not include reference to God). Children under 16 years of age, as at 26 January 2019, are not required to make the pledge but may do so. Further information about the Pledge can be found here: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/citi/pathways-processes/citi/australian-citizenship-pledge If you are becoming a citizen and are unable to make the Pledge, please notify a staff member on the day of your ceremony.


Do I need to use a Holy Book/Scripture or hold up my hand when saying the Pledge of Commitment?

It is not a requirement for candidates to use a holy book or scripture or hold up their hand/s when making the pledge, however, candidates are permitted to do so if they wish.


Do I have to stay for the whole ceremony? Can I leave once I receive my certificate?

Candidates must stay for the whole ceremony. Each component of the ceremony is important and candidates are required to take part in order to receive their Australian Citizenship. Candidates are not Australian citizens until they make the Pledge of Commitment, therefore they cannot leave the ceremony area with their certificate until this Pledge is made. Please see a staff member on the day if you are a candidate and need to leave the ceremony before the end.


Does my child need to attend the ceremony?

If the child is under 16 years old as at 26 January 2019, they are not required to provide ID, attend the ceremony or make the Pledge of Commitment. They are, however, encouraged to attend the ceremony and make the pledge if they wish. Children under the age of 16 years listed on a ceremony pledge list as part of a parent’s application only become Australian citizens when that parent becomes an Australian citizen. The parent becomes an Australian citizen by making a pledge of commitment at the citizenship ceremony and will then also be given the child’s certificate.


How many guests can I bring?

Candidates are welcome to bring as many guests as they like. Please note, guests will be seated separately nearby in the audience.


Where will I sit? Where will my family and friends sit?

Candidates will be seated together in front of the stage. Family and friends will be asked to sit separately nearby in the audience.


Can my child sit in the audience with family or do they need to sit with me?

If the child is under 16 years old as at 26 January 2019, they are not required to attend the ceremony with their parent. They are, however, encouraged to attend the ceremony and make the pledge if they wish. Children under the age of 16 years listed on a ceremony pledge list as part of a parent’s application only become Australian citizens when that parent becomes an Australian citizen. The parent becomes an Australian citizen by making a pledge of commitment at the citizenship ceremony and will then also be given the child’s certificate. If a candidate would like to sit with their child (under 16 years old as at 26 January 2019) who is not becoming a citizen, they are welcome to do so in the candidate’s seating area.


Why can’t I sit with my family in the audience?

Making the Pledge is the final legal requirement to becoming an Australian citizen. Staff will monitor candidates to ensure the Pledge is made, therefore all candidates must sit together.


I am required to sit with my friend/family member.

Please notify a staff member on the day of the ceremony.


Will there be photos taken on the day? When will they be available?

Yes, photos and video will be taken on the day. They will be uploaded to the City of Parramatta website and new citizens will receive an email with information about how to download them.


I don’t want to be in any photos/video.

Candidates are not required to be in any photos or video and should not be made to feel obliged to do so.


Can I have a photo with the Lord Mayor and other officials?

The Lord Mayor and other officials will be available for photos after the ceremony in the registration area.


Where do I fill in my Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Enrolment Form?

Candidates will receive their forms with their Australian Citizenship Certificates and are encouraged to return them to the AEC staff at the ceremony. If new citizens are unable to fill in and/or hand their form back to AEC staff on the day, they must complete and return it to the AEC via the details listed at the bottom of the form.


I require disability access.

If you require disability access, please send an email to Fiona Jia FJia@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au before the ceremony to arrange disability parking. Cut off is 15 January 2019. Limited spots available.


Do I have to go on stage?

No, candidates will not be required to go on stage.


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