25 Jan 2017

Becoming an Australian citizen | Changes ahead

When you become an Australian citizen, there is a sense of identity and pride that comes with officially being able to call yourself an ‘Aussie’. It’s a privilege cherished by so many that come to Australia. So how do you become an Australian citizen?

The majority of migrants granted Australian citizenship must:

– Meet the permanent residence requirements

– Be of ‘good character’ and meet criminal checks required by the Immigration Department

– Have good English language skills

– Intend to continue living in Australia or maintain association with Australia

– Have an adequate understanding of the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship

– Pass the Immigration Department’s citizenship test

Currently, the citizenship test is based on Australian history, government structure, election rights and duties of an Australian citizen, however the test is undergoing review by Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton.

Mr Dutton would like to see the test place greater emphasis on the adoption of Australian values during their time in Australia as a permanent resident by quizzing applicants on their employment, children’s education, English attainment and criminal record.

“We need to see whether people are abiding by Australian laws, whether they are educating their children, if they are able-bodied and of working age, whether they are engaged in work or whether they have had a long period of time on welfare,” he told 3AW radio station.

Immigracious will keep you up-to-date on any upcoming citizenship changes. Read our post about possible Government changes to obtaining permanent residency and citizenship, or if you would like assistance with becoming an Australian citizen, contact


Brisbane Times

Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian

Perth Now

3AW Radio Station

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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