- 507 people have become Australian citizens at 18 ceremonies across WA this week
- Today is Australian Citizenship Day
More than 500 people from 63 countries have become Australian citizens at 18 different ceremonies across Western Australia this week, ahead of Australian Citizenship Day today.
They are among nearly 6,000 people to take the citizenship pledge across the country today in 89 ceremonies held to celebrate Australian Citizenship Day, which was launched in 2001 to increase community awareness of Australian citizenship and its benefits.
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said Australian Citizenship Day was an opportunity to acknowledge the role new citizens played in building the nation.
"Today is a day for all Australians to reflect on the meaning and importance of citizenship, and the responsibilities and privileges associated with it," Dr Nahan said.
"Australian citizenship symbolises our unity as a nation, the values we share and our common future. It also represents a sense of belonging and pride in our nation's achievements.
"WA has the benefit of being one of Australia's most multicultural States, attracting a significant number of migrants who have all become valued members of our community.
"The development of WA owes much to the hard work, valuable skills and commitment of those who have chosen to make this State their home."
Under the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code, local government councils are encouraged to hold ceremonies on or around this day. Schools, organisations and community groups are also encouraged to organise special events and activities.
The Liberal National Government, through the Office of Multicultural Interests - in partnership with the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia, Electoral Education Centre and Australia Day WA - run Civic and Citizenship workshops to improve understanding of citizenship rights and responsibilities.
- WA's top five migration countries are the UK, India, Philippines, South Africa and Ireland
- In 2015-16, more than 21,000 people acquired Australian citizenship in WA
- The next Civic and Citizenship workshop will be held on November 23, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au
Minister's office - 6552 5700