Australian citizenship

Become an Australian citizen

You can become a citizen of Australia in different ways. You must meet the criteria before you apply. Conferral and descent are the most common ways to apply. Find out more here.

Become an Australian citizen (by conferral)

Permanent residents or New Zealand citizens

This is for:

  • ​Australian permanent residents aged 18-59
  • children aged 16 or 17
  • children 15 years or younger applying with a parent or guardian
  • Commonwealth Child Migration Scheme migrants
  • eligible New Zealand citizens
  • partners or spouses of an Australian citizen
  • refugees or humanitarian migrants

Become an Australian citizen (by conferral)

Person 60 years or over

This is for:

  • ​permanent residents aged 60 years or over
  • Commonwealth Child Migration Scheme migrants
  • eligible New Zealand citizens
  • partners or spouses of an Australian citizen
  • refugees or humanitarian migrants

Become an Australian citizen (by descent)

Your parent was an Australian citizen when you were born overseas

This is for:

  • ​​​​​people born overseas to a parent who is or was an Australian citizen and for parents to register a child born overseas