Citizenship ceremonies are administered by the Horsham Rural City Council on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. The ceremonies are held periodically at Council meetings and are usually presided over by the Mayor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you eligible?
The requirements of Australian citizenship eligibility changed on 1 October 2007. People who apply must: have successfully completed a citizenship test before applying be aged 18 years or over at the time the application is made be a permanent resident satisfy the residence requirement be likely to reside, or to continue to reside, in Australia or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia be of good character (exemptions exist for some requirements - see http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/ for further details).
How do you apply?
Pass the Australian Citizenship Test - The resource book, Becoming an Australian Citizen, will help you prepare for the citizenship test. All test question will be based on the content of this book. It is highly recommended that you study the book prior to making a test booking. Bookings for the Citizenship test can be made on 131 880. Complete the form and pay the fee - you can apply online from the Department of Home Affairs website at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/, or forms are also available by calling 131 880. Completed forms should be lodged online or with the Department in Melbourne and the fee paid. If your application is approved, you will be contacted by the department about your citizenship ceremony.
If your application is not approved, you will be advised of any review rights.
Attend a citizenship ceremony - Once you have been approved, the Department of Home Affairs will forward your certificate to the Horsham Rural City Council.You will be allocated to the next available citizenship ceremony and a letter with the arrangements will be forwarded to you. You will need to confirm your attendance and the number of guests you will be bringing.
How does the test work?
The Australian citizenship test has been designed to assist people who want to become Australian citizens to gain an understanding of Australia's values, traditions, history and national symbols.
The test will:
There will not be a separate English language test; your English language skills will be measured by your ability to pass the test which is available in English only. How much does an application cost?
The standard application fee is currently $285. A concession fee is available to applicants who have a permanent financial disadvantage and are recipients of certain pensions from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The fee payable is $40. Evidence of eligibility for a fee concession is required.
How long does an application take to process?
Processing time can vary; around 90% of applications are decided within 90 days of lodgment. Usually the Horsham Rural City Council will receive your printed certificate up to six weeks after you receive your letter of approval.
How can you find out more?
Citizenship Information Line: 131 880
Department of Home Affairs website: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/ - the website also includes information on citizenship for spouses and children, citizenship by descent, dual citizenship and other related subjects.