It was Australian Citizenship day and a new announcement has been made!
Australia’s Citizenship test is getting its first update in more than a decade! And the test will now include a section on Australian Values from mid- November.
Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alan Tudge said: “Our Australian values are important. They have helped shape our country and they are the reason why so many people want to become Australian citizens”.
The new questions would require potential citizens to understand and commit to Australian Core values such as Freedom of Speech, Mutual Respect, Equality of opportunity, The Importance of Democracy and the Rule of Law.
The new inclusion requires potential citizens to understand the core values of the nation deeply before making a commitment to the nation.
What will the new test look like?
The Test will comprise of 20 multiple choice questions, including 05 new questions on Australian Values.
The applicant would be required to answer all 05 questions on Values correctly together with an overall mark of at least 75% to pass the test.
There have been no changes made to the English Language or residency requirements for Citizenship.
Did you know the Difference between Permanent Residency and Citizenship?
Generally Permanent Residents can live, work and Study permanently in Australia, but they are not entitled to an Australian passport. If a permanent resident chooses to travel internationally, they need to ensure they have a permanent visa with a valid travel authority if they wish to return to Australia as a permanent resident; where as a citizen has an automatic right of entry to Australia. In most cases permanent residents cannot vote in Australian government elections. However, if a permanent resident was enrolled to vote (as a British subject) prior to 1984, they may remain eligible to vote; whereas a citizen has a Right and duty to vote in Australian Governmental Elections. However, the Eligibility for government services and benefits depends on the rules set by the relevant government agency responsible for the service or benefit for both citizens and permanent residents.
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