Citizenship ceremonies go online

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Wyndham council will soon begin hosting online Australian citizenship ceremonies, for the first time in its history.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the council is not offering face-to-face citizenship ceremonies until further notice.

Mayor Josh Gilligan said the ceremonies would take place via an “easy-to-navigate and secure platform” that the council has been using for all of its online meetings.

The ceremonies will take place from the end of July until Tuesday, September 22, when the council’s caretaker period kicks in ahead of the October state-wide council elections.

Wyndham council’s events team will contact eligible citizenship ceremony participants in coming weeks, based on a list provided by the Department of Home Affairs.

“I’m so pleased council will once more help many of our residents achieve their dreams of becoming Australian citizens,” Cr Gilligan said.

“I’m committing to a target of processing 500 Wyndham prospective citizens between now and the end of my mayoral term to ensure residents in our community are not disadvantaged by the COVID-19 delay in becoming an Australian citizen.

“Each ceremony will be held on an individual basis, between myself as presiding officer and the conferee, except for family members, who can be conferred in a single ceremony.”