Nearly after a decade, the Australian government has decided to bring new changes in the Citizenship Test. Australia is now keen on testing the applicants on their knowledge of Australia’s core values.
The proposed addition of five questions from November 15 shall cover the following aspects: freedom of speech, mutual respect, equality of opportunity, the importance of democracy, and the rule of law.
Australian Citizenship Test
No changes in other requirements like language, residency have been announced. Infact, candidates are encouraged to attain the highest level of proficiency in English.
The Guardian even quoted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on this. He said, “One of the things I learned when I was immigration minister and a social services minister is that people’s employment outcomes as a migrant to Australia rapidly increase if they have got a good strong command of English.”
There are a total of 20 questions in Multiple-Choice format. Candidates are required to attain a minimum of 75% in the overall test to obtain Australian citizenship. However, they are required to get 100% on all the five newly added questions. The citizenship test is followed by an interview.
The entire process may take over a year to complete.
Some examples of possible questions
- Are people in Australia free to marry anyone transcending the gender-social matrix?
- Which of these form the core aspect of freedom of speech in Australia?
- What is the nature of state and federal polity in Australia?
- Should people in Australia make an effort to learn English?
- Is domestic violence an acceptable norm in Australia?
- Do you agree that men and women should be provided equality of opportunity when pursuing their goals?
- Is it acceptable to encourage violence against a person or a group if you have been insulted in public?
However, you may not find the exact questions and these examples are only to help you analyse the nature of questions that may be asked. Get in touch with our Australian Immigration consultant for any further clarifications.
The Current State of Australian Immigration
Australian immigration is witnessing an upward trend with the release of interim allocations for 190/491 visas to each state & territory. Australia even held its SkillSelect round for Subclass 189/491 visas last month.
Australia seeks to strengthen its health and economy response through skilled-focussed immigration. Recently, Australia came up with a new Priority Migration Skills Occupations List (PMSOL) which included occupations in Health Care, Construction and IT sectors.
The new PMSOL shall allow small numbers of sponsored skilled workers to return to Australia on priority basis. This will help fulfil urgent skills requirements in critical sectors, thereby helping to create jobs and rebuild the country’s economy.
Australia even awarded close to 204,000 citizenships in 2019-20. It pushes the figure to a total of 686,000 citizenships in the past five years.
Until the borders of Australia are kept close for normal immigration, CanApprove advises offshore aspirants to keep working on their skill set and language proficiency. It will strengthen their prospects to migrate to Australia in near future.