In order to become an Australian citizen, an applicant must first pass the ‘citizenship test’ which, according to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, ensures that prospective citizens “have an adequate knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship”. It is also intended to assess English proficiency of applicants, as it is conducted in English only.
The Department publishes a guide, “Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond” which contains all the information one needs to pass the test itself.
Questions are multiple choice, and categorised within 3 broad topics:
- Australia and its people
- Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights and liberties; and
- Government and the law in Australia.
There is a standard question set, from which 20 questions are drawn at random for each test. Accordingly, it is necessary to study the entire guide to ensure you are covered on the day of your test. The Department also publishes practice tests on its website, which allow applicants to get a sense of how the tests will look and feel on the day.