The Philippines is in the top 4 countries conferred citizenship on 26 January 2020 Australia Day. 1,531 Filipinos took their oath as Australian citizens. They are part of the record 27,419 new Australian citizens.

Those in the top list are: the United Kingdom, 5,053, India, 4,031 and China, 2,175.

Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge congratulated the tens of thousands who are scheduled to attend 454 ceremonies around the nation.

“Australia Day is an opportunity to celebrate our success as a multicultural nation and reflect on what it means to be an Australia,” Mr Tudge said.

“Citizenship is a chance for new migrants to make a pledge to uphold our laws and values and contribute to our cohesive, open and inclusive society.

“A citizenship ceremony is an important event in every new citizens’ life and being able to attend one on Australia Day adds extra significance.”

Number of conferees attending a ceremony by state/territory

State/territory26 January 2020
(scheduled to attend)
26 January 201926 January 2018
ACT39114032
NSW6,4364,2483,152
NT231171109
QLD6,8812,7332,331
SA2,1881,138938
TAS565320125
VIC6,2643,3742,703
WA4,4633,0132,697
Total27,41915,13712,087

Number of citizenship ceremonies scheduled to be held on Australia Day 2020 by conferral body type and state/territory

Conferral Body Type
State TerritoryCouncilDepartmentOtherTotal
ACT22
NSW1224126
NT718
QLD81182
SA52355
TAS1818
VIC73376
WA8787
Total440122454

Number of conferees scheduled to attend Australian citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day 2020, by top ten nationalities

Country of nationalityNo. of conferees
United Kingdom5,053
India4,031
China**2175
Philippines1531
South Africa1000
Vietnam886
Pakistan847
Afghanistan814
New Zealand808
Iran658
Other9,616
Total27,419

Australia Day is the most popular day for people to attend a citizenship ceremony, with 100,000 people becoming Australian citizens on our national day in the past six years.

In September 2019, the Morrison Government amended the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code to require councils to hold a citizenship ceremony on Australia Day.

Every council required to hold a ceremony is doing so and almost 140 councils who would be exempt under the code have chosen to hold a ceremony anyway.

“This is the first time we are requiring councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day,” Mr Tudge said.

“We want them to do the right thing as it is the most popular day for new migrants to become an Aussie. This is the day that all of us can celebrate, whether born here or only just becoming a citizen.”

The Government reached out to all councils affected by the recent bushfires, but all have indicated they are going ahead with their ceremonies in recognition of their importance to new citizens and the wider community.

More than 106,000 people have been welcomed as new Australian citizens in the last six months.

Between 1 July and 31 December 2019, 106,704 people were conferred with Australian citizenship, up from 48,983 in the same period in 2018.

All citizenship applications are processed against a range of strengthened integrity measures, introduced by the Government in 2015.

Photo credit: Southern Downs Regional Council | Facebook


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