Australian Citizenship Day

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2019 Date:17 September 2019
2020 Date:17 September 2020
Australian Citizenship Day

Australian Citizenship Day History

Australian Citizenship Day provides Australians with a special holiday to reflect on being an Australian citizen while celebrating all fellow citizens of the country. The day also serves to recognise inspiring citizens and their contributions to the nation. Australian citizenship is a bond that unites all Australians regardless of all other factors.

Australian Citizenship Day has been celebrated since 2001. It is celebrated annually on September 17, a date chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the renaming of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 to the Australian Citizenship Act 1948.

Australian Citizenship Day Facts & Quotes

  • Since the first Australian citizenship ceremony in 1949, more than four million people have chosen to become Australian citizens.
  • More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
  • Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens.
  • The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year.
  • From this time forward, I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey. - Australian Citizenship Pledge

Australian Citizenship Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Host an Australian citizenship affirmation. The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection offers a free citizenship affirmation kit for those who register their event.
  • Download and colour in one of the Australian Citizenship templates available online. The templates represent Australia and can help affirm loyalty and commitment to the country.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using hashtags #AustralianCitizneshipDay, #AussieCitizen and #LoyaltoAustralia.
  • Celebrate your citizenship by tracing your lineage to your ancestors. Since Australia is a relatively new country, do some research to find out where your forefathers came from and when they arrived. Governments and online sites provide census information and ship passenger records that can help kickstart your search.
  • Watch a movie about Australia or set in Australia. Some of our favourites include: Walkabout (1971), Crocodile Dundee (1986), Ned Kelly (2003) and The Castle (1993).

Australian Citizenship Day - References and Related Sites

Australian Citizenship Day
Citizenship Ceremonies
Citizenship and Affirmation

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