New Australian Citizenship Test 2017 – what is it all about?
An Australian citizenship test was introduced for the first time on 1 October 2007 by the Australian government. This means that people need to pass this test before applying for citizenship.This test assesses whether citizenship applicants have a basic level of English and an adequate understanding of Australia and of the rights and responsibilities of being an Australian citizen.
The pass mark is 75% so applicants only have to answer correctly 15 questions out of 20 to pass the test, and be able to apply for Australian citizenship, assuming they meet all other criteria.The Australian citizenship test format is 20 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes.
The test is based on the resource book Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond, and covers a wide variety of facts about Australia and about Australian citizenship. The test encourages people to know more about their new country and about the responsibilities and privileges of being Australian.
Citizen applicants need to study the resource book in order to pass their test, as all questions are based on the testable section of the resource book.
UPDATE: The Australian government is implementing a new Australian citizenship test. The new citizenship test will still have questions from the study guide, “Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond”, but will also include new questions about the applicant’s understanding of and commitment to Australian values.
This new test will apply to all citizenship applications made on or after 20 April 2017 (applications made before 20 April 2017 follow the old rules where applicants will only be tested on the resource book Our Common Bond).
Between now and 1 June 2017, the government will consult the public on which “Australian values” questions to ask.
Also, under the old system, citizenship applications were rejected if the applicant was convicted of a serious offence. The government now views this as insufficient. The new test will look deeper into the applicant’s history for all offences, including minor ones, which are not acceptable by the standard Australian values, such as welfare abuse.
The new potential questions will test migrants for example on their views about gender equality and religious freedom. The new questions will include issues such as violence against women and children, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
Here are some of the “Australian values” questions under consideration:
“Under what circumstances is it appropriate to prohibit girls from education?”
“Does Australia’s principle of freedom of religion mean that it is permissible to force children to marry?”
“In Australia’s multicultural society, under which circumstances is it permissible to cut female genitals?”
“While it is illegal to use violence in public, under what circumstances can you strike your spouse in the privacy of your own home?”
The cost of this citizenship test is covered by the application fee. If you fail the test and need to pass it again, you will not be charged again.
The new rules stipulate that after 3 citizenship test failures, the applicant must wait 2 years before retaking the test (the old system allowed applicants to retake the test as many times as they wanted).
As well, applicants who cheat during their test will now be denied citizenship.
The resource book Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond has a lot of facts to memorize, and the computer-based multiple-choice test format can be disconcerting if you are not used to it. We offer a Complete Online Training Program to help you prepare for your official Australian citizenship test: click here for more info.