Australian nationality law determines who is and who is not an Australian citizen. The status of Australian nationality or Australian citizenship was created by the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948, (in 1973 renamed the Australian Citizenship Act 1948) which came into force on 26 January 1949.
Click on the relevant link below to view changes to Australian Citizenship legislation which are contained within the Australian Citizenship Act 2007.
Find information about Australian citizenship including applying for citizenship, eligibility requirements, dual citizenship and how to obtain proof of citizenship.
Migrants will face a tougher citizenship test which will assess their commitment to Australia and their attitudes to religious freedom and gender equality.
This is a compilation of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 July 2016 (the compilation date). The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.
There is a risk that if Australian citizenship is too hard to attain, it will create a two-tier system of permanent residency.
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As it grapples with a growing number of Australian citizens joining Islamic militants, the government is rewriting its citizenship laws.
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