Form 119 Tables A-E

Tables A to E provide more detailed information on when and how you may have acquired Australian citizenship and the documents you will need to support your claim.

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Table A: If you were previously issued with evidence of Australian citizenship

If you were previously issued with evidence of Australian citizenship after: Supporting documents needed:
  • migrating to Australia and becoming an Australian citizen (this includes children who are on a parent’s citizenship certificate), or
  • registration by descent, following your birth overseas to an Australian citizen, or
  • adoption under ‘full and permanent’ Hague arrangements and becoming an Australian citizen, or
  • resumption, if you lost your Australian citizenship and then re-acquired it, or
  • notification - from 1 May 1970 to 31 May 1974, British subjects could acquire Australian citizenship ‘by notification’ provided they had been living in Australia for the five years before notifying their intention to become citizens.
  • If you still have your citizenship certificate, extract, or your name is included on your parent’s certificate, you need to provide this document.
  • If you are requesting a new certificate you must surrender the old one unless other people are named on it.

Table B: If you acquired Australian citizenship by being born in Australia

If you acquired Australian citizenship by being born in Australia: Supporting documents needed:
before 26 January 1949 and you were a British subject on 25 January 1949 You became an Australian citizen on 26 January 1949 unless your father was a foreign diplomat. No additional documents required
between 26 January 1949 and 19 August 1986 You became an Australian citizen at birth unless your father was a foreign diplomat.
on or after 20 August 1986

You became an Australian citizen at birth if at least one of your parents was an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia at the time of your birth, or

  • Evidence of one parent's Australian citizenship (if available), for example an Australian passport issued after 1 July 2005, a certificate of Australian citizenship, or an Australian birth certificate, or
  • Evidence of one parent’s permanent residence in Australia (if available) for example a passport with a visa granting permanent residence or permanent entry stamp.
    Note: Form 1391 Request for confirmation of Australian citizenship status of a deceased person cannot be used to obtain this information.
 

You may have become an Australian citizen on your 10th birthday if:

  • you lived in Australia for the first 10 years of your life, and
  • neither of your parents were entitled to diplomatic privileges during this time.
  • Evidence of both parents' status at the time of your birth (if available), for example a passport, and
  • Evidence of your residence in Australia for 10 years since your birth, for example immunisation certificates, a passport, baptismal certificate, school reports, club memberships, banking records etc.
to New Zealand citizen parents

You may be an Australian citizen (unless your parents were entitled to diplomatic privileges) if you were:

  • born in Australia between 26 January 1949 and 19 August 1986 (Note: children born in Australia between 20 August 1986 and 31 August 1994 generally did not acquire Australian citizenship by birth), or
  • born in Australia between 1 September 1994 and 26 February 2001 and at least one of your parents held a permanent residence visa or a Special Category Visa, or
  • born in Australia on or after 27 February 2001 and at least one of your parents held an Australian permanent residence visa, or
  • born in Australia on or after 27 February 2001 to New Zealand citizen parents present in Australia on a Special Category Visa if at least one parent:
    • was in Australia on 26 February 2001, or
    • had been in Australia for a period, or periods that total, at least one year in the 2 years immediately before 26 February 2001, or
    • had been issued with a Centrelink certificate stating they were resident in Australia on particular date.
  • Evidence of the New Zealand citizenship of the parent present in Australia at the time of your birth, for example a New Zealand passport, certificate of New Zealand citizenship, and
  • A Centrelink certificate (if applicable), or
  • Evidence of Australian permanent residence of the parent present in Australia at the time of your birth (for example, a passport showing a permanent visa or permanent entry stamp).

Table C: If you were adopted in Australia

If you were adopted in Australia: Supporting documents needed:
on or after 22 November 1984 You acquired Australian citizenship if you were adopted by an Australian citizen and you were a permanent resident at the time of adoption and your adoption was finalised in an Australian court.
  • Adoption papers and
  • Evidence of your Australian parent’s citizenship and
  • Evidence of your permanent residence at the time of your adoption.

Table D: If you were born in the former Australian Territory of Papua

If you were born in the former Australian Territory of Papua: Supporting documents needed:
before 16 September 1975

You may be an Australian citizen from the date of your birth or, if born before 26 January 1949 you acquired Australian citizenship on 26 January 1949.

Persons born in the former Australian Territory of Papua prior to 16 September 1975 who have at least 2 grandparents born in Papua New Guinea (PNG) or adjacent areas automatically became PNG citizens and consequently lost Australian citizenship when PNG gained independence on 16 September 1975 unless:

  • they had been granted the right of permanent residence in Australia, or
  • they possessed another citizenship (other than Australian or Papua New Guinean) when they were under 19 years of age.
  • Evidence of your right to permanent residence in Australia, or
  • Evidence of citizenship other than Australian or Papua New Guinean, or 
  • Evidence of your paternal and maternal grandparents place of birth, for example your parents full birth certificate, or 
  • A signed statutory declaration indicating if, and when, you made a declaration of loyalty to Papua New Guinea.

Table E: If you were born outside Australia before 26 January 1949

You may have become an Australian citizen under special transitional provisions of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007:

Under special transitional provisions of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 if you were born outside Australia before 26 January 1949 and were: Supporting documents needed:
a British subject on 25 January 1949 and you lived in Australia for the five year period from 26 January 1944 until 25 January 1949

You became an Australian citizen on 26 January 1949.

  • Evidence of your British subject status, usually a full birth certificate, and
  • Evidence of your residence in Australia during this period, for example passports, school reports, employment records, club memberships, banking records etc.
a British subject born overseas to an Australian father before 26 January 1949.
  • You became an Australian citizen on 26 January 1949 if you entered Australia before 26 January 1949 on an unrestricted basis or you were granted permanent residence in Australia before that date, or
  • You became an Australian citizen on the date of arrival in Australia if you entered Australia between 26 January 1949 and 5 May 1966 as a permanent resident, or between 6 May 1966 and 30 April 1987 as a permanent resident.
  • Evidence of your British subject status, usually a full birth certificate, and
  • Your father’s full birth certificate.
a woman who was a British subject on 25 January 1949 and you married an Australian before 26 January 1949 You became an Australian citizen on 26 January 1949 if you entered Australia and were granted permanent residence before 26 January 1949.
  • Evidence of your British subject status, usually a full birth certificate, and
  • Your marriage certificate and
  • Evidence of husband’s Australian citizenship.
you were born in New Guinea and you were a British subject on 25 January 1949 You became an Australian citizen on 26 January 1949
  • Evidence of your British subject status usually a full birth certificate.

Last reviewed Thursday 13 February 2014

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