Coming of Citizenship Age ceremony
- A suggested format
Welcome to Country -or- Acknowledgement of Country
National Anthem - lead by local choir.
What is Australian Citizenship Day?
Why are we celebrating Australian Citizenship?
Message from the Governor General - 3 minutes - on DVD
Message from the Prime Minister - 3 minutes on DVD
Story telling by some "community elders" - men and women
From respected Local Government; Chamber of Commerce; Non-profit Groups; Artists & Musicians; etc.
See: Article Certificate of Adulthood
Message from the Local Federal Member 3 minutes on DVD
Message from the Local State Member 3 minutes on DVD
Gathering of the 18 year olds
All 18 year olds ask to make a procession to the front.
Presentation from group entering Adulthood
This to be prepared in advance - perhaps in year 10 at school and refined by year 12.
Affirmation Ceremony by all 18 year old and those present who choose to join them
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.
Presentation of Medallions
Designed by national competition - produced by government, and purchased by local planning groups.
Meet Your Community Segment
Ceremony leader to ask different segments of the audience to stand for a minute:
For example: Please rise
who born overseas or whose parent was born overseas?
who is of Australian aborigine or Torres Strait descent?
who is of convict descent?
who is an Australian citizen?
who is a parent or grandparent?
who is an uncle or aunt? brother or sister?
who has a disability?
who is a carer?
who serves as a volunteer for a community based non-profit group?
who works in the legal sector?
who works in the health and welfare sector?
who works in the business sector?
who works in IT and computer sector?
who works in the hospitality industry?
who works in the automotive and travel industry?
who works in education and training?
who works in the entertainment industry?
who is a professional or amateur sports-person?
who is a professional or amateur musician or artist?
who is a professional or amateur poet or writer?
who has an interest in sport and recreation
who has an interest in history and /or genealogy
who has an interest in politics and government
who has an interest in crafts, cooking and home care
who has an interest in landscaping and gardening
who has an interest in religion and spirituality
We are Australian - an idea from Variety Club -Youtube > Click the video image!
And what is the Australia National Costume?
Maybe we need to give some serious consideration to this.
An Akubra or a Slouch Hat
Tea-shirts with a cotton over-shit
All present wear a white or light coloured over-shirt
- with one's individual roles and relationships on one side of the front
(eg mother, daughter, sister, son, boss, worker, wife, etc.)
- one's first name and interests on the other side of the front
(eg music, needlework, rail history, etc.)
- one's work and skills on the back of the shirt
and decorated or embroidered as desired.
Different groups to open their over-shirt to reveal a "I am Australian" dickey.
Lunch or afternoon tea - with healthy food and drinks
NB. The Over-shirts (like name tags) to assist with making the gathering more inclusive.
For more information, contact Rona Goold