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Ludmila Witer


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Australian Citizenship Ceremonies are an integral part of Australia Day.

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  2. 2. <ul><li>The affirmation on Australia Day </li></ul><ul><li>Australia Day is a special day for all Australians whether by birth, or by choice – to celebrate what we love about Australia. </li></ul><ul><li>Each year, Australia Day is the day on which the largest number of new citizens make the pledge at citizenship ceremonies all around the nation. </li></ul><ul><li>On Australia Day 2011 more than 13000 people from 143 countries became citizens at 325 citizenship ceremonies around the country. </li></ul>Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies
  3. 3. <ul><li>The affirmation on Australia Day </li></ul><ul><li>More than 95% of the nation’s population are Australian citizens. </li></ul><ul><li>Australia Day is the perfect opportunity for all Australians – new and old – to affirm their loyalty and commitment to Australia. </li></ul><ul><li>Existing citizens can express their national pride and celebrate being Australian by making the Australian citizenship affirmation . </li></ul>Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies
  4. 4. <ul><li>What is an affirmation ceremony? </li></ul><ul><li>It is a short ceremony at which all Australians can publicly affirm their loyalty and commitment to Australia and its people. </li></ul><ul><li>It is based on the pledge made by new citizens at citizenship ceremonies. </li></ul><ul><li>As an Australian citizen, </li></ul><ul><li>I affirm my loyalty to Australia and its people, </li></ul><ul><li>Whose democratic beliefs I share </li></ul><ul><li>Whose rights and liberties I respect, </li></ul><ul><li>And whose laws I uphold and obey </li></ul>Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies
  5. 5. <ul><li>What is an affirmation ceremony? </li></ul><ul><li>Affirmation ceremonies have no status in law and no legal effect. </li></ul><ul><li>Affirmation ceremonies can easily be incorporated into citizenship ceremonies or other events. </li></ul>Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies
  6. 6. <ul><li>Why were affirmation ceremonies introduced? </li></ul><ul><li>Affirmation ceremonies were introduced in 1999 to mark the 50 th anniversary of Australian citizenship. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Australians, particularly those born in Australia, wanted an opportunity to pledge their commitment to Australia and its people in the same way new citizens do at citizenship ceremonies </li></ul>Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies
  7. 7. <ul><li>Who can participate? </li></ul><ul><li>Participation is voluntary and has no legal effect </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is welcome to participate </li></ul><ul><li>People who are not Australian citizens are welcome to join in at the second line </li></ul>Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies
  8. 8. <ul><li>Why host an affirmation ceremony? </li></ul><ul><li>Affirmation ceremonies: </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance awareness of Australian citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Promote community involvement and participation </li></ul><ul><li>Help people feel they belong to their community </li></ul><ul><li>Help build pride in Australians about their citizenship </li></ul>Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies
  9. 9. <ul><li>Including the affirmation in a citizenship ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporating an affirmation ceremony gives everyone present a chance to participate and share in the occasion. </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines for incorporating an affirmation ceremony into a citizenship ceremony are set out in the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code. </li></ul>Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies
  10. 10. <ul><li>How to include an affirmation ceremony in your event </li></ul><ul><li>The person leading the affirmation must be an Australian citizen </li></ul><ul><li>The affirmation should be foreshadowed at the beginning of the function to allow those present to consider whether they wish to participate. </li></ul><ul><li>Affirmation cards, with the words of the affirmation, should be placed on seats or handed to guests as they arrive. </li></ul><ul><li>Invite all who wish to publicly affirm their commitment to Australia to stand and join in repeating the affirmation. </li></ul>Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies
  11. 11. <ul><li>Partnership with NADC </li></ul><ul><li>As part of the government’s ongoing promotion of Australian citizenship and the affirmation, we have worked with the NADC since 2004 to promote the Australian citizenship affirmation. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2009 a special affirmation website was launched to encourage event organisers to incorporate the affirmation into their Australia Day celebrations. </li></ul><ul><li>See </li></ul>Australian citizenship affirmation ceremonies
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