Australia Day

26 January 2015

158 days to go

More Choosing to Affirm their Commitment to Australia on Australia Day

The National Australia Day Council reports an increase in the number of councils holding Australian Citizenship Affirmation ceremonies as part of Australia Day celebrations, with more than 100 councils planning to include an Australian Citizenship Affirmation ceremony on 26 January, 2012.

The Australian Citizenship Affirmation is based on the pledge of commitment made by new Australian citizens at Citizenship ceremonies, and enables all Australians to publicly voice their commitment to Australia.

The Australian Citizenship Affirmation reads:

As an Australian citizen,
I affirm my loyalty to Australia and its people,
Whose democratic believes I share,
Whose rights and liberties I respect,
And whose laws I uphold and obey.

Warren Pearson, Chief Executive, National Australia Day Council says the Affirmation gives everyone the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to the values we hold up as Australians and to express their pride in being an Australian citizen.

“Australia Day is the day we celebrate what's great about our nation, to remember why we are privileged to live in this great land and to give thanks for that,” said Mr Pearson.

"While thousands of people become new Australians citizens on Australia Day, many people feel they want to share in the pride of citizenship which these ceremonies generate.

"The Affirmation gives us an opportunity on Australia Day to celebrate the common bond which unites us all - Australian citizenship. Taking part in the Affirmation is completely voluntary and everyone is welcome to join in.

“Reciting the Affirmation gives everyone the opportunity to stand up and express their pride in being Australian and to articulate our common commitment to our country, no matter what our personal reasons are for being a proud Australian."

In more than 100 local council areas around the country, people attending Australia Day events will have the opportunity to take part in Affirmation ceremonies.

In Marion, South Australia, the Affirmation has become a key part of annual Australia Day events and more than 300 people are expected to take part this year.

Felicity-Ann Lewis, Mayor of Marion, says the inclusion of the Australian Citizenship Affirmation in the area's Australia Day celebrations has added atmosphere at the events.

“We have included the Australian Citizenship Affirmation for some years now as it embraces the spirit of Citizenship, giving everyone, not just those becoming citizens on the day, a feeling of inclusion and pride on the day,” said Ms Lewis.

“The act of everyone standing to say the Affirmation out loud adds a great sense of occasion to the event and enables everyone to feel part of the experience.”

Local councils and community groups interested in holding Affirmation ceremonies can find out more, order  cards featuring the Affirmation or download the card from www.australianaffirmation.com.au.

Some of the many local councils conducting an Affirmation Ceremony on Australia Day are listed in the media release below.