Citizenship online applications

To apply for Australian citizenship you will need to:

  • meet the eligibility requirements
  • be of good character if you are 18 years of age or over
  • be likely to reside, or continue to reside, in Australia or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia.

Before you start

Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements and your application type and circumstances allow you to apply for citizenship online.

You will also need to have your documents ready to scan and attach to your application.

You cannot apply online if you:

  • are applying for a fee concession or exemption
  • are part of the Australian Defence Force
  • are a stateless person
  • do not have a passport, or
  • have not travelled in and out of Australia since July 1990.

If you require evidence of your Australian citizenship or are applying for citizenship by descent, adoption or resumption you will need to apply on a paper application form.

What documents you need

After you lodge your online application, you will be prompted to attach documents to:

  • prove your identity
  • establish that you are of good character
  • support your application, as required.

Use this document checklist as a guide to the original documents that are usually required.

If you are invited to an interview, you will need to present:

Start your online application

When you have determined that you are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship and can apply online, you need to find out which of the two categories to apply for.

Australian citizenship - general eligibility (Form 1300t)

Start your application here if you:

Australian citizenship – other situations (Form 1290)

Start your application here if you:

  • are 60 years of age and over, or 17 years of age and under, or
  • 18 years of age and you:
    • were born overseas to a parent who had previously lost their Australian citizenship because they acquired the citizenship of another country, or
    • suffer from a permanent loss or substantial impairment of hearing, speech or sight, or
    • have an enduring physical or mental incapacity that means you are not capable of understanding the nature of your citizenship application
  • meet the eligibility requirements
  • have all of the required documents.

Continue your saved application

You will need to enter your Saved Application ID and password to continue your saved application. Your Saved Application ID is the number we emailed to you when you first saved your online application. Check your junk folder if you did not receive this email.

If you do not remember your password, you will need to start a new application as we cannot reset your password.

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. Attaching your documents immediately after lodging your online application will 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

If you have already exited your application you will need to go back into your application to attach your documents. You will need your TRN, your date of birth and the password that you selected when you created and saved your application.
See: E-Business Systems

You can continue to attach documents up until your citizenship appointment.

If you have forgotten your password, you will not be able to attach documents. You will need to bring your original documents as well as certified copies of your documents to your citizenship appointment.

Note: When uploading your form 1195 Identity declaration please make sure that you upload a copy of your photograph with both a front and back view, which should show the authorised person's declaration and signature.

Check the progress of your 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. This is the number emailed to you when you submitted your online application. Check your junk email folder if you have not received this email.

If you are unable to locate your TRN, you can send a request at E-Business Systems – Query Application Status.

Technical information

Planned system maintenance and technical issues

For detailed information about planned system maintenance or current technical issues including known system errors.
See: Planned System Maintenance and Technical Issues

Browser requirements

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

Help

If you are experiencing difficulty with your online application, most fields have help information that can be accessed by clicking on the Help Icon symbol.

If the Help Icon 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 Image of Help iconsymbol located at the top of each page of your online application.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions and answers are available to assist you to complete your online application.

Last reviewed Tuesday 11 March 2014

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