Family holding Australian flag on Citizenship Day

Australian Citizenship Day – 17 Sept.

Since 2001, the Department and local councils promote this day by holding:

  • special citizenship ceremonies
  • affirmation ceremonies
  • other events around the country

Schools, organisations and community groups are also encouraged to organise special events and activities.

Australia is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world. Since 1949, we have welcomed over five million new citizens to our shores.

Our Australian citizenship is the common bond which unites us all.

Through our Australian citizenship, we hold the values of Australian citizenship dear—respect for the freedom and dignity of others, equality before the law regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnic background, and a fair go for all.