The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian Citizen. Changes apply to citizenship applications lodged on and after 20 April 2017. The changes do not apply to applications made before 20 April 2017.
Australian citizens can:
- live in Australia
- apply for an Australian passport and leave and re-enter Australia without applying for a resident return visa
- seek assistance from Australian diplomatic representatives whilst overseas
- vote to help elect Australia's governments
- work in the public sector
- serve in the armed forces and
- register by descent of any children born overseas after you become a citizen.
Australian citizens are required to:
- obey Australian laws
- enrol on federal and state/ territory electoral registers
- vote in elections
- defend Australia should the need arise and
- serve on a jury if called to do so.
People who apply must:
- have successfully completed a citizenship test before applying;
- be aged 18 years or over at the time the application is made;
- be a permanent resident;
- satisfy the residence requirement;
- be likely to reside, or to continue to reside, in Australia or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia; and
- be of good character.
For all Eligibility requirements, please refer to website
For more information contact the Citizenship Ceremonies line on 131 880 or visit the Department of Home Affairs website.