Australian Citizenship represents full and formal membership of the community of the Commonwealth of Australia. With Australia renowned as “The Lucky Country”, it’s unsurprising that the number of individuals seeking to gain citizenship continues to rise.
There are three ways to become an Australian citizen. By birth (If you are born here and one or both of your parents is an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia), by descent (If you are born overseas but are the child of an Australian citizen, you will generally be granted Australian Citizenship) and by grant (If you are a non-citizen of Australia you can apply to become an Australian citizen).
Citizens of the Land Down Under are afforded some of the most generous opportunities and liberties in the world, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of association – the right to form, join and leave associations such as political parties, trade unions, religious bodies, cultural groups and legal organisations to pursue common goals.
These values are enshrined in a number of laws designed to ensure a person is not treated differently to others because of their gender, race, disability or age.
In exchange, citizens are expected to adopt Australian values based on freedom, respect, fairness and equality of opportunity. Citizenship gives individuals the chance to fully participate in Australian life and community. The greatest example of this is the spirit of mateship – the strong Australian tradition of service and volunteering – to look out for each other and strengthen the community.