Residents wishing to become an Australian citizen must apply to the (federal) Department for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, and proceed through the appropriate departmental processes. However, it is the responsibility of local government to conduct the actual citizenship ceremonies for the residents of their particular city.
It is a strong preference of the Department and concurrently, of the City of Playford, to encourage as many candidates as possible to be part of one of the public citizenship ceremonies held throughout the year.
After progressing through the Department's citizenship processes, the individual will receive a letter from the Department advising that they have been successful in being granted citizenship and that their local council will contact them to advise of the details of a ceremony.
It is also possible for private citizenship ceremonies to be conducted, but only for 'exceptional circumstances', such as a death in the family and an urgent passport requirement to attend the funeral. Private Ceremonies are determined at the discretion of the Mayor.
To apply for citizenship, click here.