Becoming an Australian citizen means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. It is also the beginning of your formal membership of the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say 'I am Australian'.
Australian citizenship is a privilege that offers enormous rewards. By becoming an Australian citizen, you are joining a unique national community. Our country has been built on the combined contributions of our Indigenous people and those who came later from all over the world. We celebrate this diversity and at the same time, strive for a unified and harmonious nation.
The strength of the Australian community means that we work together to solve problems and to make Australia the great country that it is. We have a stable system of government and Australians respect the authority and laws of the government. Our stability, our culture and our laws have been shaped by our history. By joining the Australian community, you will inherit this history and you will be in a position to contribute to it." (Source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection website: http://www.border.gov.au/trav/citi)
The Southern Mallee District Council conducts conferral ceremonies for approved Australian Citizenship applicants residing in the council area. Ceremonies are arranged when the council is advised by the department of Immigration and Border Protection that there are applicants available for conferral in the council area. Queries about citizenship applications, citizenship ceremonies and citizenship certificates can be addressed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by phone to 131880 or by email to Adelaide.Citizenship@border.gov.au