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Living in Dorset

Dorset Council provides community services based on the principles of quality, equity, value and responsiveness.

Visiting Dorset

Dorset has a unique blend of wilderness, wildlife, stunning scenery, mining heritage, secluded beaches and world class golf courses.

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  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After hrs 1300 858 824

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Citizenship Ceremonies

The Dorset Council conducts Australian Citizenship Ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs - Immigration and Citizenship


The Council's role is to provide a ceremony where conferees are required to pledge their allegiance to Australia and its laws, and after which they receive their Certificate of Australian Citizenship.  The presentation of a Citizenship Certificate is the final step to becoming an Australian Citizen.

Once you have received notification from the Department of Home Affairs - Immigration and Citizenship, Council will contact you to make arrangements for the next available ceremony.

The official ceremony is very brief and family and guests are welcome to attend.  An electoral form is also completed at the ceremony, so that the names of new citizens can be added to the Electoral Roll in preparation for upcoming elections.

The Council may be able to arrange a private ceremony when a citizenship is required urgently or is specifically requested by the recipient.  However, the recipient must provide a valid reason why a public ceremony is not appropriate.  A private ceremony is held on a date and time mutually convenient to the recipient and the Presiding Officer, which is usually the Mayor.

More information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs - Immigration and Citizenship website here