How the government plans to make the citizenship test harder

Becoming an Aussie citizen is something that’s come under the spotlight lately. At the moment, if you want to become

Becoming an Aussie citizen is something that’s come under the spotlight lately.

At the moment, if you want to become an Australian citizen you have to sit a 20 multiple choice question quiz on Australian history, society and politics.

Questions include:

  • What do we remember on Anzac Day?
  • What are the colours on the Aboriginal flag?
  • What happened in Australia on 1 January 1901?
  • What is a referendum?

So, sounds easy right?

Well, apparently it’s not.

Yahoo7 reports thousands of people have been failing the test each year.

It turns out they are reportedly allowed to sit the test until they pass.

In fact, the report states that one many took 48 attempts at the test before passing.

96% of new citizens in the past four years sat the test three times before passing, while 8000 sat the test four to 10 times.

The current test has been slammed by many people over the years, and it’s latest critics including Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and One Nation senator Pauline Hanson.

Dutton has raised the prospect of changing the test, and it looks like that will come to a head this year.

He believes it’s “a debate worth having”.

“The vast majority of people come here and do the right thing… but there is a minority that are on a path way to citizenship who we need to have a closer look at in my judgement,” he told 3AW Radio.

So, what would any proposed new test include?

Well, Dutton said he would like to see the test focus on people’s ability to integrate into Australian society, their willingness to learn English and their employment prospects and whether they will be depending on welfare.

“We’ve essentially got a multi choice test asking people whether they know different aspects of Australian culture and society,” he said.

“But we want people to have a greater, tangible demonstration of the fact that they’ve embraced Australian values.”


Pauline Hanson told Sunrise she supports any change, slamming the current test as “childish”.

“We are fools. We are being taken by mugs in this country by opening up our doors. We have to get tough on who we bring into this country, because you know what it will all come down to: Our standard of living our way of life and our safety and security,” she said.

“I agree with Peter Dutton when he says welfare dependency and language must be paramount in anyone becoming an Australian citizen.

“Welfare dependency is a very big thing. In other countries you have to have a bank statement saying you can support yourself for a certain period of time. You have to havae yor own health care. That shoud be a point as well That you are not going to be a drain on our society.

“And (as for) English. If you can’t communicate how can you expect anyone to assimilate into our society?”

So, what do you think? Should there be a change to the citizenship test? Will it change anything?




  1. David  

    It doesnt matter what the public say or do when you have politicians with a dairyfarm mentality we lose everytime.

  2. Joseph Eades  

    Over the past 50 years I have worked with with thousands of men from all over the world who couldn’t speak a word of English when they first came to Australia and turned out to be the best Australians you would ever wish to meet

  3. Carmel  

    What Joseph Eades no Women? They become good Australians as well, working outside the home, as well as inside and learning English as well.

  4. Lyn Dyke  

    I’d like to know how other nations approach this – do they require that applicants pass a written test? It certainly seems ridiculous to have someone try 48 times to pass a written test. How does this compare to people sitting written tests outlining the road rules in order to obtain a driving license? Were there inherent problems in people speaking a second language? Since the Govt. seem to go out of their way to communicate with people speaking a language other than English particularly in Health services and presumably in Centrelink exchanges, is the retry rate connected to not being fluent in English?If this is the case, surely some effort to have a person fluent in the foreign language to assist the newcomer to at least understand the situation behind the questions would help? I know, I know , all of the people who come here should learn to speak English to integrate, to become employable and to be able to fully participate in our society, but is the language barrier part of the problem?

  5. Just wondering  

    Tests about Australian values are pretty much a waste of time, in my view. How about a phyc test to check the values of the people who want to come here?

  6. Dee  

    This is just another form of stupid. Maybe our government would like us to focus on nationalism to distract us from their latest very public stuff-ups. Judging by the comments above, no one really cares.

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