Making it easier to find citizenship information

It is now easier to find out how to apply for citizenship, thanks to your feedback and research conducted by us. We’ve made some changes to the citizenship pages on our website.

We’ve improved the navigation to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, and we’ve simplified the information so it’s easier to read and understand.

We’ve made it easier to find out what you need to do to apply if you:

  • are a migrant with permanent residence
  • are the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen
  • were born overseas to a former Australian citizen
  • arrived under the Commonwealth Child Migration Scheme
  • lost Australian citizenship and want to resume citizenship
  • are a New Zealand citizen
  • are Australian and adopted a child overseas
  • are Australian and your child was born overseas
  • are a Refugee and Humanitarian entrant
  • are Australian and need evidence of your citizenship.

If you have applied for citizenship online, or are in the process of applying, your application will not be affected and you will still be able to access your application through your ImmiAccount.

For more information, visit our new citizenship pages today.

You’re invited to celebrate Australian Citizenship Day

Citizenship Day

Australian Citizenship Day is celebrated annually on 17 September. It is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our citizenship and reflect on what it means to be Australian.

The Australian citizenship affirmation allows all community members to participate in a formal declaration of pride in being an Australian citizen. The affirmation is based on the pledge of commitment made by new citizens at their Australian citizenship ceremony, and it was introduced to provide Australian-born citizens with a similar opportunity.

Read more about Australian Citizenship Day and the Australian citizenship affirmation.

Australian Citizenship Day, 17 September

Australian Citizenship Day is celebrated annually on 17 September.


Introduced in 2001, this special day celebrates the common bond of citizenship in Australia’s diverse society.

Australia’s population is made up of people from over 300 ancestries – our Australian citizenship unites us all, regardless of our background.   As one of the world’s most diverse countries, we are proud of our harmonious, egalitarian and democratic nation.

Whether you are Australian by birth or by pledge at a citizenship ceremony, Australian Citizenship Day is an opportunity for all to reflect on the meaning and value of citizenship.

This year marks a significant milestone of 65 years of Australian citizenship (1949-2014). Throughout the year, but particularly on Australian Citizenship Day, Australians celebrate and recognise the privileges and freedoms we enjoy as part of a contemporary, diverse, egalitarian and democratic nation.

What do you like most about being an Australian citizen?

You can share your family’s Australian citizenship story on social media using #AusPledge or in the comments section below.

Watch new Australian citizens share their citizenship story on the ‘The Pledge’ miniseries.

Read more about Australian Citizenship Day, and see how you can get involved by hosting an Australian Citizenship Affirmation ceremony and download promotional products.

We’re a diverse mob!

This post is part of the On the Move blog series. These posts have been prepared by our Economic Analysis Unit.

How many places of birth are represented in Australia? Which local government areas (LGAs) have a majority of their residents born overseas? What language could we all be speaking in 2021? All of these questions and more can be answered with the help of a recently released series of publications called The People of Australia (PoA).

Prepared under the auspices of the former RAC (Research Advisory Committee), the PoA series have been released every five years since 2003. They are based on data from the most recent Census and provide detailed overviews of Australia’s population at the national, state and LGA levels. Birthplace, language, religion and citizenship are all covered. With several thousand graphs, tables and maps spread across eleven volumes covering over 4000 pages in total, there is something in here for everyone!

For example, did you know there are 252 distinct places of birth represented in the Australian population? Australia takes out top spot accounting for 15 million of us, while England with 900 000 and New Zealand with 483 000 make up the top three. At the other end of the list Sao Tome and Principe (252nd on the list) has contributed 11 persons.
The PoA can also reveal where all these immigrants live. As detailed in Figure 1, although they are scattered across Australia, of the nearly 600 LGAs only six can claim to have a majority of their population born overseas (See Figure 1).

FIGURE 1 - Canberra Stones

On the issue of languages, PoA reveals that Mandarin is the most common language spoken at home (other than English or Indigenous languages) accounting for more than 1.5 per cent of the population. Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek and Vietnamese are the only other languages accounting for more than 1 per cent each. This might all change however if the growth of the Seychelles Creole language keeps up. As the PoA highlights (see Figure 2), between the 2006 and 2011 Census’ the number of speakers of this language increased nearly 3 800 per cent. Although total numbers remain small (702 in 2011 up from 18 in 2006) if this rate of growth keeps up all of us will be speaking Seychelles Creole well before the 2021 Census!

FIGURE 2 - Canberra Stones

Australia Day offers perfect 65th birthday present for new citizen

Portrait of Niels-Jorgen Toxvaerd

Niels-Jorgen Toxvaerd

For Niels-Jorgen Toxvaerd 2014 will be a momentous year. This Australia Day not only will he celebrate his 65th birthday, he will become an Australian citizen on the 65th anniversary of Australian citizenship.

On 26 January 1949 the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 came into effect creating the new status of Australian citizen. Since then, more than 4.5 million people from around the world have become Australian citizens.

After venturing from Denmark on a business trip, Niels-Jorgen, his wife and two children moved to Australia in 1995. Niels-Jorgen said ‘I fell in love with the friendliness of its people, the fantastic nature and the exquisite food’.

After 20 years he has decided to cement his connection to Australia. ‘I feel as much Australian as I am a Dane,’ he said.

Niels-Jorgen will join nearly 17 900 other people across the nation who will make the Australian citizenship pledge and become citizens on Australia Day.

What’s your family’s Australian citizenship story? Comment below or share your Australian citizenship story, photos and videos with us on social media using #AusPledge