19 Apr

The Turnbull government is tightening the requirements for Australian citizenship, with applicants to face a stand-alone English test and asked to commit to embracing Australian values. The government will also extend the residency requirement from one year to four, and demand evidence of integration including employment, tax payments and schooling for children.

Here are the sample citizenship questions under discussion, a guide to the new system and what has changed under the old system.


Sample ‘shared value’ questions under discussion (source: Dept of Immigration)

* Does Australia’s principle of freedom of religion mean that it is permissible to force children to marry?

* In Australia’s multicultural society, under which circumstances is it permissible to cut female genitals?

* While it is illegal to use violence in public, under what circumstances can you strike your spouse in the privacy of your own home?

* Under what circumstances is it appropriate to prohibit girls from education?

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Examples of current generic historical questions

What do we remember on Anzac Day? 
a) The landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli, Turkey.
b) The arrival of the first free settlers from Great Britain.
c) The landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove.

Which of these statements about Australia’s system of government is correct? 
a) The Queen of Australia chooses people to form the Australian Parliament
b) The government is elected by the people
c) The PM chooses our Members of Parliament

Which of the statements about government in Australia is correct? 
a) The government does not allow some religions
b) Government in Australia is secular
c) Religious laws are passed by Parliament

You can take a practise test at the Dept of Immigrations site here and download a Test resource guide here.

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Key Points: New system

• Requires all applicants to pass a stand-alone English test, involving reading, writing and listening
• Requires applicants to have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least four years
• Strengthens the citizenship test with meaningful questions that assess an applicant’s understanding of, and commitment to,, Australia’s shared values and responsibilities
• Requires applicants to show the steps they have taken to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community.
• Examples include evidence of employment, membership of community organisations and school enrolment for all eligible children.
• After three failures, an applicant must wait two years before resitting the test
• Automatic fail for applicants who cheat during the citizenship test

Old System

• No specific requirements on English language and writing
• Requires applicants to have lived in Australia for at least one year
• Prospective citizens can sit the citizenship test an unlimited number of times
• There is no automatic fail for applicants who cheat
• Citizenship test currently includes generic historical questions and no questions testing prospective citizens “shared values”


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