Choosing to become an Australian Citizen demonstrates your personal loyalty and commitment to Australia and its people. In a way, it is the final step in the migration journey and in making Australia home. Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people. It gives a sense of belonging because you can fully participate in all aspects of Australian life.

Ararat Rural City Council places a high importance on being able to facilitate Citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Federal Government.

So if you are a permanent resident and you have lived in Australia for two or more years, you may be eligible to apply for Citizenship.

How to become an Australian Citizen

Application forms and further information can be obtained from the Department of Home Affairs or telephone the Citizenship Information line on  131 880, where an interpreting service is also available.

Eligibility Requirements and Final step

The role of Local Government Councils is to confer Australian Citizenship once the application is approved by the Department of Home Affairs.

Citizenship ceremonies are warm, friendly events where you celebrate becoming an Australian citizen. You are able to invite family and close friends to attend a ceremony and share in this celebration. Specified dates for a ceremony can be arranged once notification of approval has been received from the Department of Immigration.

Ararat Rural City Council has no involvement in approving your application.

For any further information regarding Citizenship Ceremonies held within Ararat Rural City please contact:

Josie Frawley, Executive Assistant on 03 5355 0271 or