Changes to The Australian Citizenship Test

On 15 November 2020 the Australian citizenship test will be updated and will be more focused on Australian values. This is the first time the citizenship test has been updated in over 10 years. The changes were announced by the acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge who stated that “Our Australian values are important. They have helped share our country and they are the reason why so many people want to become Australian citizens.”

The updated citizenship test will be made up on 20 multiple choice questions, including 5 questions that relate to Australia values. To pass the test the 5 Australian values questions must be answered correctly, with at least 75% correct answers overall. An updated version of the Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond booklet is available to download from the Department of Home Affairs website to help applicants prepare for the test. There will be no changes to the residency requirements or English language requirements.

From 30 October 2020 most new visa and citizenship applicants will be required to affirm the updated Australia Values Statement. The updated statement will better reflect Australians shared values including rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of associated and equality of opportunity for all Australians.

Despite to the Coronavirus Pandemic restrictions more than 85,000 have obtained Australian citizenship since 31 March 2020 through online citizenship ceremonies. Citizenship testing has resumed throughout Australia with the exception of Victoria.

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Nick Hansen

Nick has been a Registered Migration Agent since 2016 when he founded Hansen Migration. Since then he has helped many migrants obtain permanent residency in Australia and Australian citizenship.

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