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Application for Australian Citizenship

Who can apply for citizenship of Australia?

You are eligible to apply if you:

1. a) Are a permanent resident of Australia, and have held a permanent residence visa and been living in Australia for at least the last 4 years, and for the full 12 months immediately before you apply for citizenship, and  b) You must not have been absent for more than 12 months in the last 4 years before application, including no more than 90 days in the last 12 months.  Note: There are some special residential circumstances that allow you to still apply – eg you are engaged in work in Australia that requires overseas travel.

2. You should be over 18 and under 60 years of age.

3. You should be of good character.

4. You intend to continue to live in Australia and make this country your home.


a) Children under 16 years of age can be included on their parents’ application,

b) Or, included on the application of a responsible adult  who has an order from the Family Court, custody of the child/children with parental responsibility, or full custody or guardianship for the child/children – either from the Australian Courts or appropriate authorities overseas.

New Zealand Citizens

a) You can apply if you hold a permanent residence visa, and fulfil the requirements for  1. above.

b) You can apply if you arrived before 26th February, 2001 on a Special Category Visa.

c) You can apply if you can prove (Centrelink evidence) residence issued before 26th February, 2001.

Where must I/we be to apply?

You can apply while you are overseas or in Australia.

To apply from overseas, you send your application to:

Overseas Citizenship Unit
Canberra ACT 2601

Or in person:

3 Londsdale Street,
Braddon ACT 2612

If you are overseas, you can sit your citizenship test and/or have an interview at your nearest DIAC office. They will contact you. However, you will be required to be in Australia at time of decision – unless there are very special circumstances.

The Steps for Citizenship Application

Step 1.  Check your eligibility and for all your family members included in the application. It is particularly important to check residency in Australia.

Step 2.   Download and read the Citizenship booklet. This can be downloaded from  here.  The booklet is simple, and is the basis for all the tests! You need to know about Australia to become a citizen.

Step 3.  Prepare your documents for a paper or online application. Get everything ready in advance for the application, so you make it complete at time of application. This makes for fast processing at the Department of Immigration (DIAC).

Step 4. Complete the application form, and lodge. Attach or include all your documents. Pay the correct fee either to the online portal or for payment to your nearest DIAC office, if lodging by paper.

Step 5. DIAC will contact you and request further documents if required, or give you a date for your citizenship appointment where you will be required to take the test.  The appointment and test both happen on the one day.

Step 6. Decision on your application! This will be sent to you in writing. You must be in Australia at Time of Decision – unless there is a very good reason why you can’t do this – which must be notified to DIAC in advance. 

Step 7.  Citizenship Ceremony.  This is a great event, a party. Usually organised in each Shire, new citizens can invite friends and family for a unique celebration – becoming a citizen of Australia.


For further information, forms and assistance with the applications, please contact us:

Viacorp Hello Australia,
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