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Citizenship changes: New rules to becoming an Australian

The Turnbull government is tightening requirements for Australian citizenship, with applicants to face a stand-alone English test and asked to commit to embracing "Australian values".

The changes come in the same week Malcolm Turnbull announced he would abolish the 457 visa, an announcement that also featured the term "Australian values" prominently.

Applicants will also be required to have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least four years, which is up from one year.

There's currently no limit on how many times someone can fail the test, but a new limit of three fails will also be introduced.

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The current test is based on the document "Our Common Bond"

Although the following are not necessarily correct answers, they are correct in the context of the test.

  • Which one of these is a responsibility for every Australian citizen? (Join with Australians to defend Australia and its way of life, should the need arise)
  • Which one of these values is important in modern Australia? (Everyone has equality of opportunity)
  • What is Australia's national floral emblem? (The golden wattle)
  • What is a Bill? (A proposed law that has not yet passed through parliament)
  • In what year did Federation take place? (1901)
  • Which day of the year is Australia Day? (26 January)
  • What is the first line of Australia's national anthem? ("Australians all let us rejoice")
  • What is the population of Australia? (approx 24 million)
  • In what city is the Parliament House of the Commonwealth Parliament located? (Canberra)
  • Who is the Queen's representative in Australia? (the governor-general)
  • How are Members of Parliament chosen? (by election)
  • Who do Members of Parliament represent? (the people of their electorate)
  • After a federal election, who forms the new government? (the political party or coalition of parties which wins a majority of seats in the House of Representatives)
  • What are the colours on the Australian flag? (red, white and blue)
  • Who is the head of the Australian Government? (the prime minister)
  • What are the three levels of government in Australia? (Commonwealth, State or Territory and local)
  • In what year did the European settlement of Australia start? (1788)
  • Serving on a jury if required is a responsibility of Australian citizenship: true or false? (true)
  • In Australia, everyone is free to practise the religion of their choice, or practise no religion: true or false? (true)
  • To be elected to the Commonwealth Parliament you must be an Australian citizen: true or false? (true)
  • As an Australian citizen, I have the right to register my baby born overseas as an Australian citizen: true or false? (true)
  • Australian citizens aged 18 years or over are required to enrol on the electoral register: true or false? (true)
  • What do we remember on Anzac Day? (The landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli, Turkey)
  • What are the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag? (Black, red and yellow)
  • Which official symbol of Australia identifies Commonwealth property? (Commonwealth Coat of Arms)
  • Which of these statements about Australia’s system of government is correct? (The government is elected by the people)
  • Which of these is an example of freedom of speech? (People can peacefully protest against government decisions)
  • Which of these statements about government in Australia is correct? (Government in Australia)
  • Which of these is an example of equality in Australia? (Men and women have the same rights)
  • Which of these is a responsibility of Australian citizens aged 18 years or over? (To vote in elections)
  • Which of these is a responsibility of Australian citizens aged 18 years or over? (To serve on a jury if called to do so)
  • Which of these statements about passports is correct? (Australian citizens can apply for an Australian passport)
  • Which of these is a role of the Governor-General? (The signing of Bills passed by the Australian Parliament)
  • Which of these statements about state governments is correct? (Each state has its own constitution)
  • What is the name given to the party or coalition of parties with the second largest number of members in the House of Representatives? (The Opposition)
  • What is the name of a proposal to make a law in parliament? (Bill)
  • Who maintains peace and order in Australia? (Police)