The Australian Citizenship Test

The Citizenship Test was introduced in 2007 for anyone between the age of 18 and 60 years old. The purpose of the Test is to ensure that applicants have a solid understanding of the English language and Australian culture and society. The questions in the test are in multiple choice format and cover a number of topics from local customs and traditions, to the laws and political systems that govern the country.

Anyone who is seeking to make an application for citizenship must pass this test before they can complete their application process.

Fast Facts

  • The test is made up of 20 multiple choice questions
  • The test is computer based
  • Questions are drawn randomly from a large pool of confidential questions
  • Applicants will be given 45 minutes to complete the test
  • The pass mark is 75% (15 questions correct out of 20)
  • Published results show 85.4% of applicants pass first time and 95.5% of people pass overall (data taken from Department of Immigration and Citizenship statistics, September 2009)

Beginning a Life in Australia

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) provide various resources for people have have recently arrived to Australia from abroad. It may take some time before you are able to take your citizenship test, during which there are many things you will need to do to start your life in the country.

The 'Settle in Australia' section of the DIAC website contains guidance and information for anyone new to the country.

The DIAC also publish an information booklet, entitled Beginning a Life in Australia (PDF, 768KB) which is free to download. This booklet is available in English and 37 other languages.

The Application Process

You usually apply to become an Australian citizen. The process may vary depending on the application requirements but, in general, you will need to:

  • determine which type of application for citizenship suits your personal circumstances
  • check that you are eligible to apply for your selected application type
  • gather your original documents that prove your identity, show you are of good character and support your eligibility
  • complete and lodge your application with the necessary documents and appropriate fee
  • wait to find out if you have been approved and, if you applied for citizenship by conferral attend a citizenship ceremony to formalize (legalise) the decision.

A decision on your application for citizenship will only be made after you have lodged a completed application form together with the required documents and fee.