WELCOME MESSAGE FROM EVERYDAY AUSTRALIANS TO NEW CITIZENS

WELCOME MESSAGE FROM EVERYDAY AUSTRALIANS TO NEW CITIZENS

Australia Day is marked around the nation with thousands of people proudly becoming new citizens as they recite the pledge of commitment to share Australia’s democratic beliefs and respect the rights and liberties of the people of Australia.

We as a nation truly value our Australian Citizenship, whether you are Australian by birth or choose to settle here, Australian citizenship is at the heart of who we are and what we believe as a nation.

Australian Citizenship is a unique symbol of formally identifying with Australia, acknowledging responsibilities and conferring significant privileges that allow people to participate fully in the Australian community.

Australia Day 2019 will see a record number of people become Australian citizens, with 16,212 individuals, made up of 146 nationalities, scheduled to attend one of the 365 ceremonies being held across the country.

The 3rd February 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the 1st ever Australian citizenship ceremony, held in Canberra. 

The 70th Anniversary of Australian citizenship will be officially marked on Australia Day 2019 observing the commencement on the 26th January 1949 of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 that created the new status of Australian citizen.

To mark the 70th anniversary since Australian citizenship was introduced into law, all conferees who receive their citizenship at a ceremony on 26 January 2019 (marking the official date of the 70th anniversary) will receive a 70th Anniversary coin from the Department at their citizenship ceremony.

The emblem for the 70th anniversary coin is Australian wattle, which represents the roots of Australia. It is also part of the coat of arms and the national flower.