There are different ways to become a citizen of Australia. All of them are detailed at the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/become-a-citizen
In each case, you must meet certain requirements before applying for Citizenship.
Here’s the list of most common options (included but not limited to):
- Permanent residents or New Zealand citizens
- Persons over 60 years old
- Your parent was an Australian citizen and you were born outside Australia
- Children born to a former Australian citizen
- Children adopted by Australian citizens
Australian citizenship gives you:
- The right to vote;
- The right to apply for an Australian passport;
- The right to enter Australia without a visa for Australia;
- The right to stand for election in Australian governments;
- The right to work for the public service;
- The right to serve Australia in the army, navy and air force;
- The right to Australian diplomatic or consular protection when overseas;
- Exemption from being deported from Australia unless you obtained your citizenship by illegal
- In some cases multiple citizenships and many other.
Besides gaining these and other rights Australian citizenship involves certain responsibilities:
- you will be required to vote in the Federal, State, and Local government elections
- you may be asked to serve on a jury in courts
- you may be required to denounce the citizenship from your origin country.
Want to become an Australian citizen? Talk to a lawyer.