Before you start
Check that your application type and circumstances allow you to apply for Australian citizenship online and that you meet the eligibility requirements. You will also need to have your documents ready to scan and attach to your application.
You can apply online if you:
- are not applying for a fee concession or exemption
- are not part of the Australian Defence Force
- have travelled in and out of Australia since July 1990, and
- are a permanent resident and meet the eligibility requirements.
Select your online application
When you have determined that you are eligible to lodge an Application for Australian citizenship and are able to apply online, you need to find out which of the two categories to apply for:
If you need evidence of Australian citizenship or are applying for citizenship by descent, adoption or resumption you can only apply on a paper application form.
Continue a saved application
You will need to use your Saved Application ID and password.
See: Continue a saved online application
Attach documents to your application
As soon as you have lodged and paid for your online application, you will be prompted to attach your documents. Attach your documents immediately after lodging your online application to ensure your application is attended to as quickly as possible.
See: What documents do I need?
When uploading your original documents you need to follow the guidelines on attaching documents. Each document you attach must be no larger than 500KB and in JPEG format - documents in other formats are not acceptable.
See: Guidelines on attaching documents
Check the progress of your online application
You can access information about the progress of your online application at any time following lodgement. You will need to use your unique Transaction Reference Number (TRN) to do this.
See: E-Business Systems – Query Application Status
Technical information about applying online
To apply online your browser must support 128 bit encryption. You can check your browser if you experience problems connecting to these services.
See: Online Services – Browser Requirements
If you are experiencing difficulty with your online application, most fields have help information that can be accessed by clicking on the symbol.
If the does not meet your needs, or you are having a technical issue with your online application, contact the department for assistance by clicking on the symbol located at the top of each page of your online application.
Frequently asked questions
To assist you to complete your online application, some frequently asked questions and answers are available.