Australian citizenship

Due to the COVID-19 virus citizenship ceremonies in Ballina Shire are now being held online until COVID-19 restrictions are eased.  However, our Australia Day 2021 ceremony will be a face to face ceremony with limited numbers.

If you would like to become an Australian Citizen visit to download the relevant forms or telephone 13 18 80.

After completing the relevant paperwork, you will be interviewed and your application will be assessed by the Office of Home Affairs.

Once your application has been assessed and approved, your Certificate of Australian Citizenship is sent to Council ready for the Citizenship Ceremony. Council's Citizenship Ceremonies (pre-COVID-19) are normally held on the second Tuesday of even-numbered months at 11am (except for December, Australia Day and Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September). 

Steps to becoming an Australian Citizen (pre-COVID-19):

  1. Visit or phone 13 18 80 to complete and lodge an application for citizenship grant
  2. Attend an interview
  3. Office of Home Affairs confirms that your application has been successful
  4. Ballina Shire Council confirms the relevant paperwork has been received and the date of the next citizenship ceremony (or online ceremony)
  5. Confirm your attendance at the ceremony and advise the number of guests who will attend. Council is obliged to return your Certificate to the Office of Home Affairs if you cannot attend the Ceremony on the allocated date
  6. Enjoy the ceremony with family, friends and other new Australian Citizens.

Dates for 2021 ceremonies are as follows – dependent on COVID-19 these may still be on-line ceremonies

Tuesday 26 January (face to face ceremony with limited numbers)

Tuesday 13 April

Tuesday 8 June

Tuesday 10 August

Friday 17 September (Australian Citizenship Day)

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Postal Address

The General Manager
Ballina Shire Council
PO Box 450
Ballina NSW 2478

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40 Cherry Street
Ballina NSW 2478


Opening Hours

8:15am - 4:30pm

Monday to Friday