Australian Citizenship





Australian Citizenship


How to become an Australia citizen

• You can become a citizen of Australia in different ways. You must meet our criteria before you apply. Conferral and descent are the most common ways to apply

Become an Australian citizen (by conferral)

Permanent residents or New Zealand citizens

This is for:

• Australian permanent residents aged 18-59

• children aged 16 or 17

• children 15 years or younger applying with a parent or guardian

• Commonwealth Child Migration Scheme migrants

• eligible New Zealand citizens

• partners or spouses of an Australian citizen

• refugees or humanitarian migrants


Become an Australian citizen (by conferral) Person 60 years or over

This is for:

• permanent residents aged 60 years or over

• Commonwealth Child Migration Scheme migrants

• eligible New Zealand citizens

• partners or spouses of an Australian citizen

• refugees or humanitarian migrants Become an Australian citizen (by descent)


Your parent was an Australian citizen when you were born overseas

This is for:

• people born overseas to a parent who is or was an Australian citizen and for parents to register a child born overseas







Other pathways


Become an Australian citizen (by conferral) Child 15 years or younger applying on their own

This is for permanent residents aged 15 years or under who apply on their own Become an Australian citizen (by conferral)


Born to a former Australian citizen

This is for children of former Australian citizens


Become an Australian citizen (by adoption)

Child adopted outside Australia by an Australian citizen

This is for a child born overseas who is adopted by an Australian citizen


Become a citizen (by conferral) Person born in Papua before independence in 1975

This is for people born in Papua before independence from Australia in 1975


Become a citizen again (resume citizenship)

Become an Australian again

This is for people who used to be Australian citizens


Become a citizen (by conferral) Born in Australia and are stateless

This is for people who are born in Australia and are stateless.


https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/become-a-citizen