New Australian Citizenship Ceremony code

Local councils must now hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day, 26 January, unless they conferred citizenship on fewer than 20 people in the previous year, the Australian Government has said.

Councils are also required to introduce a dress standard for people attending citizenship ceremonies, and must give their local office of the Department of Home Affairs a schedule of their planned ceremony dates, the Citizenship Ceremonies Code released on 20 September, said.

Ceremonies should be held outside of parliamentary sitting days wherever possible. However, Citizenship Day is an exception, as 17 September generally falls on a federal sitting day.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman, said he will write to all councils to advise them of the new code.