The Department of Home Affairs is the federal government department responsible for processing applications for citizenship. Ipswich City Council organises the citizenship ceremony where you will take the Australian Citizenship Pledge to become an Australian citizen. The Department of Home Affairs provides a list of approved citizenship conferees to Council to invite to a future citizenship ceremony.

How do I apply to become an Australian citizen?

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for all information regarding applications to become an Australian citizen. If you have a question about applying for Australian citizenship or how your application is progressing please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 13 18 81 (opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.30 am-4.30 pm) or email

When are citizenship ceremonies held in Ipswich?

Citizenship ceremonies are held approximately every two months. The duration of ceremonies is usually one hour, depending on the number of Conferees attending on the day. The Department of Home Affairs will issue a ceremony list of approved citizenship applicants to Ipswich City Council approximately four weeks before the ceremony date. If you have been allocated to a ceremony date, you will receive an email invitation from Ipswich City Council approximately three to four weeks before the ceremony.

When do I receive an invitation to a ceremony?

Ipswich City Council will issue invitations to candidates approximately three to four weeks before the date of the ceremony, allowing plenty of time for the candidate to arrange to be there. The invitation will ask the candidate to email reply or phone Ipswich City Council to accept the invitation and also to advise if there are any family and friends attending the ceremony. Ipswich City Council needs to know this information so we know who is attending.

Ceremony Wait Times

Approved citizenship applicants will be allocated to a ceremony in order of date of approval. Ceremony wait times for Ipswich City Council can be viewed here: Ceremony wait times ( The Department of Home Affairs are responsible for ceremony allocations. Please note, if you have requested to be linked to other people for your ceremony, you will not be allocated for a ceremony until the last person in your group has been approved. Having family members linked to your application may also affect your wait time.

I need citizenship urgently- what can I do?

Requests for urgent ceremonies, accompanied by supporting documentary evidence, may be considered in exceptional and very limited circumstances. Requests are assessed on a case by case basis. If there is no evidence provided, your request will not be assessed. All requests must be sent to The Department of Home Affairs via email:

What happens on the day of the Ceremony?

You should allow at least two hours for a citizenship ceremony. The ceremony itself may take about one hour. Registration will open one hour prior to the ceremony commencing. The ceremony proceedings include:

  • A formal introduction
  • Speeches, including a welcome message from the Minister
  • The pledge of commitment
  • Handing out of certificates
  • National Anthem

What to bring to the ceremony?

You need to bring one form of photo identification:

  • Driver’s licence
  • Passport, or
  • An official document with a photograph

If you do not have photo identification, then bring at least three documents showing your name, address and signature:

  • Bank statements
  • Utility bills, or
  • Credit card statements

Where do I park?

Limited street parking is available near the Ipswich Civic Centre where ceremonies are usually held. The majority of parking is metered parking with time restrictions in force until 5.00 pm. For more information about parking in Ipswich please visit Council's Parking webpage.

Am I allowed to take photos?

Ipswich City Council hires a photographer to take your photo when you are presented your citizenship certificate. The free photo is then emailed to you after the ceremony. Sometimes the media also attend the ceremony and take photos - however, you will be asked for your permission before these photos are published.

Australian passport applications

Go to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for all information regarding applying for an Australian passport.

Australian elections/voting

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