Citizenship is about more than just a ceremony and forms an important part of Australia Day celebrations.
Australian citizenship symbolises our unity as a nation. It represents commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share and our common future. It also symbolises the sense of belonging to the country where we have been born or where we have decided to make our home.
Citizenship ceremonies are often presided over by officials including the Australian Governor General, Prime Minister, Government Ministers and local government Mayors.
Citizenship brings with it significant rights and responsibilities, including the right to vote, stand for public office, and travel on an Australian passport.
Taking up Australian Citizenship doesn't necessarily mean that you'll lose your original Citizenship. Some countries allow you to have both.
The situation in the country of your current Citizenship may change, so make sure you check with your embassy or consulate.
Australia Day is also an opportunity for all Australians to affirm their commitment to Australia by taking part in an Affirmation ceremony. These ceremonies may be part of a citizenship ceremony or other community function.
If you would like to find out more about becoming an Australian Citizen, please visit www.citizenship.gov.au or contact the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs on 131 880.