Australian Citizenship

Requirements

Recent proposed changes apply to citizenship applications lodged on and after 20 April 2017:

held permanent residence for four years
introducing an English test
strengthening the Australian Values Statement
review “Am I eligible” for more information

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The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian citizen. This includes:

  • Increasing the general residence requirement, which means an applicant for Australian citizenship will need to demonstrate a minimum of four years permanent residence immediately prior to their application for citizenship
  • Introducing an English language test, which means applicants will need to demonstrate competent English language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before being able to sit the citizenship test
  • Strengthening the Australian Values Statement to include reference to allegiance to Australia and require applicants to make an undertaking to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community
  • Strengthening the test for Australian citizenship through the addition of new test questions about Australian values, and the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship
  • Introducing a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community
  • Strengthening the Pledge of commitment as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to refer to allegiance to Australia; and extending the requirement for individuals aged 16 years and over to make the Pledge to all streams of citizenship by application, including citizenship by descent, adoption and resumption.

Subject to the passage of legislation required to enact some of the measures, the changes will come into effect, and apply to applications made from the date of the Government’s announcement on 20 April 2017.

The changes apply to citizenship applications lodged on and after 20 April 2017. The changes do not apply to applications made before 20 April 2017.

Applicants will receive communication on the implementation of these measures and any additional information and documentation that may be required to support their application.

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The citizenship test is designed to assess whether you have an adequate knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship.

The test is also designed to assess whether you have a basic knowledge of the English language. English is our national language. Communicating in English helps you to play a more active role in Australian society. It helps you to take full advantage of education, employment and the other opportunities Australia has to offer

A number of special days and events are celebrated in Australia and citizenship and affirmation ceremonies are often held as part of the celebrations. These include:

​The Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code, further information and products for ceremony and event organisers is available.

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Citizenship ceremonies

The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen, for most people, is to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to attend your ceremony.

Citizenship ceremonies are special events. They fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law. They also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community. They are often an emotional experience for the new citizen, as well as their host and guests.

An Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony often follows a citizenship ceremony, giving everyone present an opportunity to publicly affirm their loyalty to Australia in a similar way to new citizens.

Attending your ceremony

Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to attend your ceremony where you will make the Australian Citizenship Pledge.
See: Attending your citizenship ceremony

Australian Citizenship Pledge

Most people are required to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at a citizenship ceremony. In doing so you are making a public commitment to Australia and accepting the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.
See: Australian Citizenship Pledge

Australian Citizenship Affirmation

An Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony is a short ceremony where those present can publicly affirm their loyalty and commitment to Australia and its people by reciting an affirmation that is based on the Australian citizenship pledge.
See: Australian Citizenship Affirmation

Organising a ceremony

Most citizenship ceremonies are organised and hosted by local councils. The Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code provides guidance and highlights the legal requirements for conducting citizenship and affirmation ceremonies. You can download a copy of the Code and order ceremony related products.
See: Organising a ceremony

The Minister’s Message

The Minister’s message is a special welcoming message which is read at citizenship ceremonies.
See: The Minister’s Message

 

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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