How to apply

To apply for Australian citizenship you must first determine if you are eligible.

Click on the citizenship options below and find out how you can apply.

Australian citizenship

This option is for you if you are a:

Find out how to apply for Australian citizenship and apply online.

You can also apply on a paper application form.

Australian citizenship by descent

This option is for you if you were born overseas to an Australian citizen

Find out how to apply for Australian citizenship by descent and apply online.

You can also apply on paper application Form 118 - Application for Australian citizenship by descent (228KB PDF)

Australian citizenship by adoption

This option is for you if you were adopted by an Australian citizen in accordance with the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.

Find out how to apply for Australian citizenship by adoption.

You apply using the paper application Form 1272 Application for Australian citizenship for children adopted under the full Hague Convention arrangements (200 kB pdf)

Resuming your Australian citizenship

This option is for you if you lost or gave up your Australian citizenship.

Find out how to apply to resume your Australian citizenship.

You apply using the paper application Form 132 Application to resume Australian citizenship (221 kB pdf)

Evidence of Australian citizenship

This option is for you if you ever had, or have been included in, a certificate that says you are an Australian citizen. There are also other circumstances where you might be eligible. If you think you might be an Australian citizen, but are unsure of your Australian citizenship status, you can also apply.

Find out how to apply for evidence of Australian citizenship. You apply using the paper application Form 119 Application for evidence of Australian citizenship (234 kB pdf)

Important information about privacy

Your personal information is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988. Important information about the collection, use and disclosure (to other agencies and third parties, including overseas entities) of your personal information, including sensitive information, is contained in Form 1442i Privacy notice (228 kB pdf) and Form 1243i Your personal identifying information (63 kB pdf). You should ensure that you read and understand forms 1442i and 1243i before completing your citizenship application.

Identifying information collected under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (the Act) are photographs and signatures. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the department) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have signed an arrangement in accordance with the Act that permits disclosure of your identifying information for the purposes of administering the Australian Passport Act 2005. If your application for Australian citizenship is approved, your photograph, client number, name, date of birth and gender will be provided to DFAT.

Citizenship testing in regional Australia by the Department of Human Services

Under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007, the department has authorised selected officers of the Department of Human Services (DHS) to be citizenship test administrators and to conduct citizenship appointments on behalf of the department in selected regional centres.

Test administrators are authorised to collect and access your identifying information such as your photograph and signature, and use it along with personal and identifying information provided to DHS by the department to verify your identity and confirm that you are eligible to sit the citizenship test. Personal and identifying information includes your name, date of birth, address, photograph, signature and copies of identity documents.

At the conclusion of your test appointment, the test administrator will electronically transmit the documents and photograph that were used to verify your identity, to the department for storage in the department’s records management system. The test administrator will then securely destroy the personal and identifying information held by DHS, including electronic records, except for a record of your name, date of birth and the date of your appointment.

Need help?

Based on your answers to a series of questions, the Citizenship Wizard will suggest an application option to suit your circumstances.