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    Become an Australian citizen


    Being an Australian citizen is a privilege not a right. While you are granted entitlements as a citizen of Australia there are important responsibilities you must accept too.

    Responsibilities and privileges

    As an Australian citizen, you have new responsibilities to:

    • behave in accordance with Australia’s democratic beliefs
    • respects the rights and liberties of Australia
    • follow and obey the law
    • vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in referenda
    • defend Australia if necessary
    • serve on jury duty if summoned

    Citizenship entitlements

    As an Australian citizen, you are eligible for certain entitlements too.

    You can:

    • apply for an Australian passport
    • leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you want
    • ask for help from an Australian consulate if in trouble overseas
    • vote in federal, state or territory elections
    • vote in a Constitutional referendum or plebiscite
    • seek election to parliament, if you are aged 18 years or over and are not dual citizen
    • register the birth of your children in another country as an Australian citizen

    Making a promise

    At your citizenship ceremony, you will make the Australian citizenship pledge.

    You promise to remain loyal to Australia and its people and to share and uphold Australia’s:

    • democratic beliefs
    • rights
    • liberties
    • laws

    Australia is a democracy. You can freely elect representatives to run the country and make laws on your behalf.