Facts and statistics

This page provides information about:

  • the number of people who have become Australian citizens and where recent new citizens have come from
  • the number of applicants who have sat the citizenship test and the pass rates
  • the number of citizenship applications received and processed by the department.

Australian citizenship statistics

More than 4.5 million people have become citizens since Australian citizenship was introduced in 1949.

Former nationality or citizenship

In 1949, during the inaugural year of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948, Australian citizenship was granted to 2 493 people from just over 35 different nationalities. The top 5 nationalities (and number of grants) at that time according to the Australian Yearbook 1953, ABS were:

  • Italian (708)
  • Polish (597)
  • Greek (276)
  • German (225)
  • Yugoslav (80).

In 2013-14, 163 017 people became Australian citizens by conferral from at least 190 different countries.

The following table shows the number of people who were conferred as Australian citizens at ceremonies in 2013-14, according to their former nationality.

Former nationality
Persons
Per cent
India
27 827
17.1
United Kingdom
25 883
15.9
Philippines
11 628
7.1
South Africa
9 286
5.7
China, Peoples Republic of
9 203
5.6
New Zealand
5 361
3.3
Sri Lanka
3 957
2.4
Vietnam
3 514
2.2
Iraq
3 150
1.9
Ireland, Republic of
2 843
1.7
Other
60 365
37.0
Total
163 017
100.0

Australian citizenship test statistics

The Australian Citizenship Test Snapshot Report is an annual publication that provides data on citizenship tests. Reports include the number of applicants who have sat the citizenship test, pass rates and country of birth analysis.

If you would like an alternative accessible format of these documents, email comms@immi.gov.au.

Citizenship program quarterly reports

Citizenship quarterly reports provide operational statistics on the citizenship program. Reports include the number of conferral, descent, evidence and resumption applications received and finalised by the department, as well as the number of people who became Australian citizens.

If you would like an alternative accessible format of these documents, email comms@immi.gov.au.