Descent

The Australian Citizenship Act 2007 contains no age and time limitations for registration of citizenship by descent. The only requirements for people applying to become an Australian citizen by descent are that:

  • at least one (1) of their responsible parents was an Australian citizen at the time of the person's birth
  • the person is of good character, if 18 years or over.

It is also a requirement that if a responsible parent of the person acquired Australian citizenship by descent, that parent must have spent a total of two (2) years in Australia as a lawful resident at any time before the person makes the application.

People born overseas before 26 January 1949 to a person who became an Australian citizen on 26 January 1949 are also eligible. The only requirement is that they are of good character.

I am 30 years of age. My parents were Australian citizens when I was born. I was born overseas. Will I be able to apply for Australian citizenship by descent?

Yes. The only requirement is that you are of good character.

Do I need to be in Australia to apply for citizenship by descent?

No. You can contact your closest Australian Embassy.
See: Overseas contact details

Last modified Thursday 13 February 2014