To get Australian citizenship, you need to pass a test that proves your command of the English language and understanding of Australian history, culture and laws. Since November 2020, the test includes a section about Australian values. Read our tips that will help you prepare for it!
1 – Find out if You are Eligible to Apply for Australian Citizenship
Australian citizenship brings many privileges! You will be able to live in Australia indefinitely, obtain a passport, work in the public service, stand for parliament and register your children born overseas as Australian citizens. The requirements include:
- You have been a resident for four years
- You have been a permanent resident for at least one year
- You have not been absent from Australia for more than 12 months
- You have not been absent from Australia for more than three months within the 12 months before applying for citizenship
- You have a basic knowledge of the English language
- You have sufficient knowledge about the duties and privileges that come with the citizenship
- You are likely to reside in Australia in the future or maintain a close association with the country
- You are of good character
- You have passed the citizenship test
2 – Familiarise Yourself with the Test
The Australian citizenship test comprises 20 multiple-choice questions and can be taken at a designated testing centre throughout the country. The cost of the citizenship test is included in the application fee, which means you don’t have to pay for it separately. The test aims to assess your knowledge about Australia and language skills. You need to demonstrate:
- Basic knowledge of the English language
- An understanding of what does it mean to become a citizen of this country
- Solid knowledge of Australia
- Understanding the duties and privileges of being a citizen of Australia
- Commitment to unique Australian values
Questions included in the test are covering different topics. You can expect to find questions such as ‘what are the colours of the Australian Aboriginal flag’ or ‘which symbol identifies Commonwealth property’. There are also questions like ‘what is a referendum’ or ‘what is the role of the Governor-General’. The sections of the test include:
- Australia and Australian people
- Democratic principles, rights and liberties
- Government and the law
- Australian values
3 – Aim for the Maximum Score
Since the test includes only 20 questions, and you need to answer at least 75% correctly, it is best to aim for the maximum score. It is probably easier than you think because you’ll get multiple-choice questions with only one correct answer for each of them. If you fail the test the first time, you may be allowed to do it again.
4 – What You Need to Know About Australian Values
The most recent addition to the Australian citizenship test is the section on the country’s values. This is a very important part of the test because you are required to answer all five questions correctly. For someone who has already been living in Australia for at least four years, common values of its citizens is certainly not a new concept. The questions are there to test your knowledge on the basic principles of democracy, human rights, freedoms, equalities and mutual respect.
5 – How to Prepare for the Test
Learning about Australia will help you be more confident while doing this test. Read about the history, traditions, culture and politics as much as you can. While it is possible to learn a lot in just a few weeks or months before the test, ideally, you’ll be building your knowledge as soon as you arrive in Australia for the first time. To help you prepare well, read the booklet Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond, which is available for download. You can also contact us to ask for further guidance and help.