The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) surveyed its membership regarding the proposed changes to the Australia Citizenship Ceremonies Code. The survey was completed by 22 councils from both metropolitan and rural municipalities, representing 28% of the 79 Victorian councils.
The survey revealed that
Based on the survey findings, the VLGA recommended that the dates for ceremonies and dress codes remain at the discretion of councils, and that the Federal government should consider direct financial assistance to councils for conducting citizenship ceremonies on its behalf, noting the financial impost they have on councils.
Importantly, the feedback that councils have received from their communities which indicate that some people would rather not have their citizenship ceremony on Australia Day as they feel intimidated by so many people and that they would rather be part of a smaller, more intimate ceremony involving mostly family and friends, should not be overlooked in this discussion.
The VLGA submission, including data and comments from councils, can be accessed via https://www.vlga.org.au/news/australian-citizenship-ceremonies-code-submission-victorian-local-governance-association
Please attribute to Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Arndt