To become an Australian Citizen you start the process by contacting the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) via the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880 or online at www.citizenship.gov.au.
Once the application has been processed and approved, a Certificate is printed and forwarded to Council for presentation at a Citizenship Ceremony. This presentation is the final step to becoming an Australian Citizen.
Bellingen Shire hosts approximately 4 Ceremonies a year and they are conducted by the Mayor, Cr Mark Troy at the Council Chambers.
The official Ceremony is then followed by a morning or afternoon tea and photographs. Recipients are welcome to bring a small group of family and friends to witness the event.
An electoral form is also completed at the Ceremony, so that the names of new citizens can be added to the Electoral Roll.
General Manager's Office
Phone: 02 6655 7315
Fax: 02 6655 2310