Citizenship

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Australian citizenship is an important step in your migration story. Australian citizenship is a privilege that offers enormous rewards. By becoming an Australian citizen, you are joining a unique national community. Australia has been built on the combined contributions of our Indigenous people and all those who later travelled and settled in the country. Australia is a vast, diverse country which is simultaneously a unified and harmonious nation. Becoming an Australian citizen means making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all the values that it stands for as a democratic, free country.

As an Australian citizen you have the right to vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum, apply for work in the Australian Public Service or in the Australian Defence Force, seek election to parliament, apply for an Australian passport and re-enter Australia freely, access to government benefits and assistance and register children born overseas as Australian citizens by descent. As an Australian citizen you have duties that include to obey the law, defend Australia should the need arise, serve on a jury if called to do so, vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum.

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