ABOUT 13,700 people from 144 countries will become Australians this Australia Day.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says 365 special citizenship ceremonies will be held around the country today.
“Australia Day is a special time for all Australians, whether they are citizens by birth or by choice, to come together to celebrate our common bond,” Mr Bowen said.
“Today is a particularly special occasion for our newest citizens who are pledging their commitment to our great nation and I congratulate them on behalf of all Australians.”
Mr Bowen will preside over a special ceremony for 30 people making the citizenship pledge at Sydney’s Luna Park.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will confer citizenship on 27 people officially joining the Australian family in Canberra.