Australian Citizenship Day
Image: Kate and Tick with the Hon Minister David Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, who was the Presiding Officer for the citizenship ceremony.
This year we celebrated Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September, a day that recognises the value and significance of Australian citizenship. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution of all Australian citizens of our great nation.
Ceremonies take place around the country to celebrate the day.
A large ceremony was held at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra with Kate and Tick as guests of honour, welcoming participants in the ceremony and speaking to the assembled crowd. The Hon Minister David Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, was the Presiding Officer for the citizenship ceremony.
Kate also read the Australian Citizenship Affirmation.
Citizenship ceremonies are under the Department of Home Affairs, sponsors of the Australia Day Local Hero Award, which Kate and Tick were awarded earlier this year.
The citizenship ceremonies encourage grass roots participation in communities and to help foster harmony and social inclusion. The Department acts as an advocate for Local Hero winners and actively works to help them make connections, particularly with Government agencies.
Michael Pezzullo, Secretary, Department of Home Affairs met with Kate and Tick to discuss their experience as Local Heroes, as well as the great work they’re doing with Dolly’s Dream and explored opportunities for the Department to continue to support their work.
Tick and Kate also met with Ms Meg Brighton, Director-General, ACT Education Directorate, ACT Government along with some senior members of her team, and their final meeting in Canberra was with the Deputy Secretary, Schools and Youth in the Commonwealth Department of Education.