Civic events

Local Citizen of the Year Awards

Each year on Australia Day we recognise the outstanding work of our community’s unsung heroes with the Local Citizen of the Year Awards.

These awards honour people and organisations who generously give their time and effort to help others and improve the Ku-ring-gai community.

The Local Citizen of the Year Awards aim to recognise residents of Ku-ring-gai who have demonstrated excellent citizenship and contribution to the people of Ku-ring-gai or the wider community.

Citizenship

Becoming an Australian Citizen is a very special occasion and an important decision that will impact on the rest of your life and the future of your children. It represents the beginning of a new period in a person's life, demonstrating their allegiance to Australia and the Australian way of life.

Ku-ring-gai Council hosts a number of Citizenship Ceremonies a year.

When the Department of Home Affairs have approved your application they will inform you by letter. You must then wait for the Department of Home Affairs to advise Ku-ring-gai Council of the date and time of the ceremony which they have allocated you.

Council will then immediately advise you of the date and time of your ceremony and other relevant information.

If you have been approved but have not received a letter from Council, and you have any enquiries about the date of your ceremony you can call the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

2021 Schedule of citizenship ceremonies

Australia Day Saturday 26 January - Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga 

Wednesday 21 April - Ku-ring-gai  Council Chambers Gordon

Wednesday 19 May - Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers Gordon

Wednesday 16 June- Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers Gordon

Wednesday 21 July - Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers Gordon

Wednesday 18 August - Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers Gordon

Citizenship ceremonies in Ku-ring-gai

Ku-ring-gai Council will be hosting two citizenship ceremonies per month for about 60 people each on a Wednesday at 3pm and 6pm in the Council Chambers. 

Once you have received your letter from Ku-ring-gai Council inviting you to attend a Citizenship Ceremony, please be sure to bring along your letter and a current form of photo identification such as a driver’s licence or passport. Such ID is mandatory and you may be excluded from the ceremony if it is not produced.

Important information

  • All client information is handled by Department of Home Affairs,  NOT Council.
  • Only the Department of Home Affairs can allocate clients to attend a ceremony, NOT Council.

Please note: Quite often the Department of Immigration Customer Service line advises clients to contact the local Council for information in regards to ceremonies. This information is not correct. Until Council has been informed that a person has been allocated to the next ceremony, we do not have access to any client information.

All enquiries regarding Australian Citizenship must be referred to: The Department of Home Affairs on 131 880.

If you have already been approved for Australian Citizenship please request to speak to the “Citizenship Ceremonies Section”.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the contact details for the Department of Home Affairs?

Phone: 131 880

Website: www.citizenship.gov.au

Mail: GPO Box 9984 Sydney NSW 2001

How will I know when I should attend a ceremony?

If your citizenship application has been successful, The Department of Home Affairs will write to you well in advance of your ceremony. Later they will allocate you to a ceremony and inform Council. Council will immediately send you a letter advising of the details (date and time etc..) of the citizenship ceremony to be hosted by Ku-ring-gai Council, as well as the paperwork you should bring for identification.

How frequently are ceremonies held at Ku-ring-gai Council?

Ceremonies are held approximately every 4-6 weeks at the Council Chambers, 818 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072 (with the exception of the Australia Day ceremony which is held outdoors).

Can I bring family or friends to watch?

Unfortunately due to current COVID19 restrictions the ceremony is only for invited citizenship receipients.

Is there an official photographer?

Yes. Council will have a professional photographer at the event and will provide a link for you to download HD images free of charge. 

Parking at the Ku-ring-gai Council Chambers?

There is limited parking for citizenship ceremonies on the evenings they are held. You may park in the few visitor car spaces at the rear of Chambers. After 5pm you may park in the staff car park also at the rear of Chambers. Please note it is illegal to park in spaces designated “Mayor” or “Councillors” and could result in the issue of an infringement notice. Parking spaces are usually available in the Gordon Centre opposite council chambers.

What do I have to wear?

Provided it is not offensive, you are at liberty to wear whatever you like to the ceremony. Generally people’s dress may be described as “smart casual”.

Can I bring a holy book if I am swearing an oath?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own Bible, Koran or other holy book if you wish.

How many people usually receive their citizenship at each ceremony?

The ceremony at Ku-ring-gai Council usually has about 60 to 80 people (including children) receiving their citizenship

Remembrance Day

Each year on at 11.00am on November 11 we observe a minutes silence to remember those who sacrificed their lives in all wars and armed conflicts. The Roseville Club in conjunction with Ku-ring-gai Council hosts a ceremony in Roseville each year.

Anzac Day

On 25 April all Australians come together for remembrance. There are several Anzac services in Ku-ring-gai including Roseville, Wahroonga, St Ives, West Pymble and Turramurra.

Enquiries

Contact our events team at events@kmc.nsw.gov.au.