Have you ever wondering what it takes to become an Australian Citizenship? Being an Australian citizen is a privilege not a right. While you are granted entitlements as a citizen of Australia there are important responsibilities you must accept too.
As an Australian citizen, you have new responsibilities to:
- behave in accordance with Australia’s democratic beliefs
- respects the rights and liberties of Australia
- follow and obey the law
- vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in referenda
- defend Australia if necessary
- serve on jury duty if summoned
You will also become eligible for the following entitlements and privileges:
- apply for an Australian passport
- leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you want
- ask for help from an Australian consulate if in trouble overseas
- vote in federal, state or territory elections
- vote in a Constitutional referendum or plebiscite
- seek election to parliament, if you are aged 18 years or over and are not dual citizen
- register the birth of your children in another country as an Australian citizen
At your citizenship ceremony, you will make the Australian citizenship pledge. Here, you will promise to remain loyal to Australia and its people and to share and uphold Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights, liberties and laws. Australia is a democracy. And you can freely elect representatives to run the country and make laws on your behalf.
Australian democratic beliefs, rights and liberties:
- Parliamentary democracy
The people you elect as representatives are answerable to the public for their decisions.
- Rule of law
All Australians are equal in the eyes of the law. No person or group gets preferential treatment.
- Living peacefully
We prefer discussion, peaceful persuasion and democracy. We do not use violence to bring about change.
- Respect for all individuals
We treat all Australians with dignity and respect. No matter their beliefs, traditions and background.
We always show a spirit of ‘mateship’ We come together to help and support each other during times of need.
Freedoms for citizens
All Australians will have freedom of speech and freedom of expression. You are free to say what you want on any subject, without harming others. You must also respect how other Australians think or express themselves. You are also free to join any political party, trade union, religious group, cultural group or social group. And, you can refuse to join a group if you do not want to join a group. You will also be able to freely choose to follow any religion, or choose not be. Australian laws make sure no one is treated differently because of race, gender, disability or age. Most importantly, men and women are treated equally in Australia. You are free to make your own choices on personal matters. The laws protect both men and women from intimidation and violence.
Both men and women:
- can work and go to school
- can become politicians
- can join the defence and police forces
- are treated fairly and equally in court
Our Registered Migration Agents at Migration Centre of Australia have been in the migration industry for many years and have helped thousands of clients onshore and offshore. We are trained professionals in Australian Migration Law and we are trusted providers in the industry for our services. If you want to know more about your rights and privileges as an Australian Citizen, or you wish to apply for Australian Citizenship contact us today on (02) 4626 1002 or send us an email at email@example.com and one of my registered migration agents will be ready to help you.