Australian citizenship was created by the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948, which came into effect on January 26, 1949.
A record-breaking 17,863 people are expected to become Australian citizens across the nation this year and, in the City of Melville, 46 people from 15 countries will become citizens at a special Australia Day breakfast that will be held at John Creaney Park in Bull Creek.
The Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony will also feature the announcement of the Australia Day Citizens Awards, including the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Group or Event of the Year.
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said Australia Day was not only a chance to celebrate the things that unite Australians, but was also a chance to acknowledge the importance of citizenship.
‘Australia Day is always a special day and with this year also marking 65 years of Australian citizenship, there has never been a better time to celebrate the spirit and diversity of our nation,’ he said.
‘For those becoming an Australian citizen, it is a particularly significant occasion, marking the final stage of their migrant journey with a pledge of their commitment to Australia and its people, and accepting the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship.’
The Lions Club Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony breakfast welcomes a gold coin donation, starts at 8.30am and is open to all members of the community.