an Australian citizen is an important, even life-changing, decision
made by over 200 Hobson Bay residants every year.
Concil holds up to six citizenship ceremonies annually where residents
pledge their commitment to Australia by reciting the responsibilities
of upholding thet commitment. The ceremony is condcted by the Mayor
who presents each candidate with their citizenship certificate and
a native Australian shrub.
The ceremony is often a very special event attended by many familiy
members who are able to take photographs to remember the occasion.
Eligability to become an Australian citizen depends on a number
of criteria, including being a permanent resident of Australia,
being able to speak and understand basic English, and being wiling
to honour the responsibilities and privileges of beung an Australian
One of these privilegs is heving a say in the future of your local
community, the State of Victoria and the nation through the right
to vote at government elections.