australian citizenship

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. The 1948 Act was amended many times, notably in 1973, 1984, 1986 and 2002. The Australian Citizenship Act 2007 replaced the 1948 Act, commencing on 1 July 2007. On 13 December 1973, Australia acceded to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and to the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Australian citizenship law is administered by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection which can issue certificates of citizenship on naturalisation or on request provide other proof or evidence of Australian citizenship. Australian passports are issued to Australian citizens by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In Australia, the terms "nationality" and "citizenship" can be used interchangeably, but the term "citizenship" (or citizen) is more commonly used, while "nationality" is more commonly used on official documents and forms. A person may acquire citizenship automatically, "by operation of law", or by application after a period of residence in Australia. The process of acquiring citizenship by application is referred to as "naturalisation". Wikipedia
ABC News Tue, 2017-04-25 07:01

Australia's immigration changes 'disappointing', NZ PM says
The changes require New Zealanders and others seeking Australian citizenship to be permanent residents for four years before being eligible, up from one year.
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ABC News Sat, 2017-04-22 01:34

Making people feel excluded: that's not an Australian value
Politicians tend to resort to "values" and "vision" in the absence of policy and hope we don't notice, writes Stan Grant.
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ABC News Fri, 2017-04-21 07:54

Turnbull forges 'values' into political weaponry: Grattan
Grattan on Friday: This week's targeting of foreign skilled workers and the new, tougher citizenship requirements smack of a desperate effort to tap into community concerns and insecurities, whether those fears are about job prospects, ethnic crime gangs, or terrorism.
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NBC News World Fri, 2017-04-21 02:52

Australia introduces "values" test for citizenship
Those wishing to apply for citizenship must have lived in the country for at least four years- up from one year.
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ABC News Thu, 2017-04-20 23:37

Citizenship test overhaul to prioritise 'Australian values'
The new citizenship test will assess migrants' attitudes to religious freedom and gender equality.
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China Daily Thu, 2017-04-20 07:04

New 'Australian values' test planned for citizenship
Australia plans to raise the bar for handing out citizenships by lengthening the waiting period, adding a new "Australian values" test and raising the standard for English language.
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