The Federal Government is making moves to ensure local councils can’t hold their citizenship ceremonies outside of Australia Day.
The Immigration Minister is expected to today reveal the changes to the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code.
The changes will enforce January 26 as the national day for citizenship ceremonies to be conducted, after a number of rogue councils chose to distance themselves from Australia Day and the offence it causes some Indigenous Australians.
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The only other option for holding the ceremonies will be on September 17 – Australian Citizenship Day.
It’s believed the official change will also introduce a strict dress code for ceremonies, ensure people don’t turn up wearing items such as boardshorts and thongs.
The Local Government Association claims it has not been consulted about the amendments.
It has raised concerns including the cost of running events on public holidays.