20 April 2017

Australian values underpin strengthening of citizenship test

I welcome the Turnbull Governments decision to strengthen the test for Australian citizenship by putting Australian values at the heart of the country’s citizenship processes.

Under the changes:

  • All applicants will need to pass a stand-alone English test, involving reading, writing, listening and speaking;
  • Applicants must have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least four years (instead of one year at present);
  • The citizenship test has been strengthened with new and more meaningful questions that assess an applicant’s understanding of – and commitment to – our shared values and responsibilities;
  • Applicants will need to show the steps they have taken to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community. Examples would include evidence of employment, membership of community organisations and school enrolment for all eligible children;
  • The number of times an applicant can fail the citizenship test will be limited to three (at present there is no limit to the number of times an applicant can fail the test); and
  • An automatic fail will be introduced for applicants who cheat during the citizenship test.

To continue to build a successful, prosperous and safe nation, it is vital that new migrants and citizens support our values, democratic beliefs and freedoms and are willing to integrate and contribute to the community.

The Turnbull Government reforms are integral to Australia’s future as a strong and successful multicultural nation, united by our allegiance to Australia and our commitment to freedom and prosperity.

20 April 2017