Affirmation ceremonies allow all Australian citizens to affirm their loyalty to Australia and its people—engendering a feeling of belonging to their community and building pride in their citizenship.
These ceremonies have no status in law and no legal effect. Participation is voluntary.
The Affirmation Ceremony should be foreshadowed at the beginning of the function or Citizenship Ceremony to allow those present to consider whether they wish to participate. It should be made clear that participation is voluntary and that recitation of the affirmation has no legal effect.
The Affirmation reads:
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.
To learn more visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Affirmation Ceremonies
Affirmation cards and a wide range of other Australian citizenship and affirmation products are available at no charge and can be obtained via an online order form from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The special edition Australia Day Affirmation cards can be ordered from the National Australia Day Council by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.