An Australian permanent resident and an Australian citizen are not the same thing. Get to know the key differences here as well as the privileges and responsibilities of being an Australian citizen.
Becoming an Australian citizen means you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and everything Australia stands for.
There are 3 main ways to become an Australian citizen:
Generally, those over the age of 18 who apply for Australian citizenship must:
Children may also apply for Australian Citizenship, although different requirements apply. Please visit the Department of Home Affairs websiteexternal link for more information.
Any adult who became a permanent resident on or after 1 July 2007 must have been lawfully residing in Australia for four years immediately before applying for Australian citizenship. This includes:
If you satisfy the general eligibility criteria, you will need to pass a test before applying for Australian citizenship. Those covered by other situations (such as those aged under 18 or over age 60, or people who suffer from a substantial impairment or loss of hearing, speech or sight) are not required to sit a test.
The Australian citizenship test has been designed to help future Australian citizens gain an understanding of Australia’s:
The test is an important part of ensuring you have the capacity to fully participate in the Australian community as a citizen and maximise the opportunities available to you in Australia. It promotes social cohesion and successful integration into the community.
To sit the test you must:
The citizenship application costs AUD$285.
There is no cost for a child 15 years or younger applying with a parent. Other exemptions and concessions apply.
To discover whether you are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.