Why should I include an Affirmation Ceremony in my event?
Far from being just words that articulate the values we are committed to in Australia, Affirmation ceremonies can be a positive community event that create a feeling of shared pride, and enthusiasm for other activities on the day. They also bring a level of inclusion to your event, uniting all Australian citizens through a celebration of our shares values.
Australians who were born here miss out on the opportunity to declare their loyalty to Australia and its people that new citizens have to make at their citizenship ceremony through the Citizenship Pledge. Also, Australians who were born overseas and who have made the pledge of commitment may wish to join in re-affirming their loyalty to Australia and its people.
An Affirmation ceremony is also open to people who live in Australia and consider it their home, but are not yet citizens, to declare their commitment to Australia.
Who can participate in an Affirmation ceremony?
Everyone is welcome to participate. People who are not yet Australian citizens but consider Australia their home can take part from the second line of the Affirmation onwards.
Participation in the ceremony is voluntary.
Who can conduct an Affirmation ceremony?
People conducting Affirmation Ceremonies should be Australian citizens, but that is the only requirement.
On Australia Day, the person who conducts the citizenship ceremony will often also conduct the Affirmation Ceremony. You could also use a special guest, such as a local school student or outstanding citizen to lead the audience in the Affirmation.
In Canberra on Australia Day, the Governor-General leads the Affirmation ceremony. The Hills Shire Council ask their Australia Day Ambassador and Citizen of the Year Award recipients to lead the guests and crowd in the Affirmation ceremony.
When should I hold an Affirmation Ceremony?
Australia Day, a day dedicated to celebrating Australia and being Australian, is a great time to hold an Affirmation ceremony. It doesn't need to be expensive to hold and can be part of your existing Australia Day event program. View our resources to help get you started.
An Affirmation ceremony can also be held on any day of the year, and is especially appropriate on days of significance or as part of special events, such as during a citizenship ceremony, on Harmony Day or as part of a school assembly.
What are Affirmation cards? What is a special Australia Day Affirmation card?
Affirmation cards contain the words of the Affirmation and can be provided to each guest at your event on Australia Day.
The introduction of a special Australia Day Affirmation card is designed to give Affirmation ceremonies on Australia Day a special significance and to distinguish them from ceremonies at other times of the year. Organisers of local Australia Day celebrations can order complimentary copies of the Australia Day Affirmation Cards free of charge here.
Where can I find out more information about Australian Citizenship Affirmation ceremonies, and Australian citizenship?
You can visit the Australian Citizenship website
Why not include the Affirmation in your Australia Day activities or next special event?