Monday 17 September is Australian Citizenship Day, a special day to reflect on and celebrate being an Australian citizen.
Australian Citizenship Day was launched in 2001 as a result of a recommendation by the Australian Citizenship Council, to increase community awareness of Australian citizenship. The date is the anniversary of the renaming of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 to the Australian Citizenship Act 1948.
The day now provides a main point for activities and celebrations related to citizenship. Many Australian citizenship ceremonies are held to mark this special occasion. In 2013, over 2,200 people became Australian citizens at over 46 ceremonies.
Being an Australian citizen is more than a legal status. It is our common bond that represents our shared democratic beliefs and gives us a sense of belonging and pride in our achievements as a nation.
All Australians are encouraged to value their Australian citizenship and the contributions that citizens make in shaping the nation, whether born here or migrated from overseas.
Check your local Council website for any events which might be scheduled on this day.
You can also visit the Home Affairs social media hub to see citizenship stories that people have shared, or download resources such as posters and stickers.
The Home Affairs site is www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Citi/Curr/Even/Australian-citizenship-day.