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In the current week, invitations have been extended to over 22,200 individuals hailing from 150 countries, urging them to partake in over 430 citizenship ceremonies held across the nation in celebration of Australia Day.

In the milestone year of 2024, we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Australian citizenship, a significant status established in 1949. The inaugural citizenship ceremony, held on February 3rd at Canberra’s Albert Hall, witnessed the transformation of seven individuals from seven nations into proud Australian citizens. Each person represented a state or territory, symbolizing the unity of Australia.

Becoming an Australian citizen is a profound journey marked by numerous small decisions and choices, culminating in a special day of recognition. Those who attain citizenship are not only officially embraced as ‘Aussies’ but also formalize their membership in the Australian family. Many new citizens describe this moment as one of the most meaningful in their lives. Citizenship not only fosters a shared identity that unites all Australians but also celebrates and respects our diverse backgrounds.

For those seeking a broader celebration, witness the Governor-General and the Prime Minister commemorate Australia Day at the National Citizenship and Flag Raising Ceremony in Canberra. Tune in to ABC TV or stream on ABC iView starting at 9:00 am on January 26.

This occasion also offers a unique opportunity to explore the stories of Australia’s Local Heroes—ordinary Australians making extraordinary contributions to their communities. The Local Hero Award, part of the Australian of the Year Awards, is proudly sponsored by the Department of Home Affairs. Catch the live ceremony at 7:30 pm on January 25 on ABC TV or stream it on ABC iView.