Australian Citizenship Day: DIAC’s 2013 initiative

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Celebrated on September 17 every year, Australian Citizenship Day is an important country-wide event that allows every Australian citizen, whether by birth or by choice, to reaffirm the essence of his or her citizenship. The Australian Citizenship Council designed this day to provide awareness of Australian citizenship in communities through citizenship-related activities and celebrations. Those who are looking to become citizens of Australia will appreciate this day more through the following ideas:

DIAC uses Instagram for Citizenship Day campaign

Role of DIAC

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has numerous roles in Australian society. Aside from ensuring that all entrants have the appropriate Australia visa when entering Australia, it manages Australian Citizenship Day. For this year, DIAC has organised a social media campaign in order to determine how Australians give importance and live by their citizenship.

“What we’re asking Aussies to do this Australian Citizenship Day is to create their own affirmation, starting with the words ‘As an Australian citizen, I affirm . . .’” and then explain a way they demonstrate what it means to be an Australian,” explains a department spokesman.

DIAC encourages Australians to post a video on Instagram that explains how they affirm their loyalty to Australia. Submission of entries ends on September 17th and DIAC will share the best ones on its Facebook, Twitter, and Storify accounts.

“The citizenship affirmation is a way for Australians to publicly affirm their commitment and loyalty to this wonderful country,” the DIAC spokesman stated.

Modes of celebration

On September 17th every year, hundreds of people are granted Australian citizenship through a special ceremony conducted in several locations in the country. Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane still remembers the citizenship ceremony he experienced in primary school:

“I wasn’t born in Australia, and my parents weren’t born in Australia either. So we had to become citizens through a special ceremony in our town hall. The local mayor conducted the ceremony and by the end of it we were given certificates and were officially Australian. I still remember my parents telling me how excited they were, how I could now tell everyone that I was Australian.”

Aside from ceremonies for granting citizenship, affirmation ceremonies are also conducted in local government locations, schools, organisations, and community groups, where applicants for citizenship as well as Australian citizens gather to recite the short affirmation below:

As an Australian citizen
I affirm my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect,
and whose laws I uphold and obey.

Other ways to celebrate the day include hosting a morning tea in the workplace or being active in the local community by being involved in events.

Australia is one country that proves that adherence to a country’s laws and beliefs is more important than racial distinctions. It is no wonder why Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, where many non-Australia-born people become citizens every year.

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