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Become an Australian citizen

Overview

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.