Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge has announced that from 15 November 2020, there will an updated ‘Australian Citizenship Test’ with a clear focus on Australian values.
The Acting Minister stated “The updated Citizenship Test will have new and more meaningful questions that require potential citizens to understand and commit to our values like freedom of speech, mutual respect, equality of opportunity, the importance of democracy and the rule of law.”
The updated Citizenship Test will comprise of 20 multiple-choice questions, including five
questions on Australian values. A person will be required to correctly answer all five of the
questions on Australian values, with a mark of at least 75 per cent overall, to pass the test. There will be no changes to the English language or residency requirements for citizenship.
From 30 October 2020, most new visa and citizenship applicants will be required to affirm the updated Australian Values Statement (AVS). The updated AVS will better reflect the shared values of Australian society, including the rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of association and equality of opportunity for all people in Australia.
(Although our office is based in Melbourne, immigration is under the federal legislative framework and we can assist applicants based in or interested in any part of Australia.)