Check here to see if you qualify to apply, and if you do, pay the fee. Ours cost $260 each.
Wait to hear the date of your Australian citizenship test from the Department of Immigration & Border Control.
Crack open a tinnie of your favourite beer and….
Watch these videos…..
Our Common Bond Clip 1 – Introduction
Our Common Bond Clip 2 – Australia and its people
Our Common Bond Clip 3 – Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights and liberties
Our Common Bond Clip 4 – Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights and liberties
Our Common Bond Clip 5 – Government and the law in Australia
Our Common Bond Clip 6 – Government and the law in Australia
I watched them twice. Once about five days before my test and the second time the night before. Mrs BobinOz watched the videos just once, the first time with me, but chose to read the downloadable book on the night before the test. She prefers reading as her method of learning.
Clicking the following link will download the book immediately; it’s called Our Common Bond.
Everything you need to know is in those videos and the book contains the exact same information. There is nothing else you need to learn, nothing to buy and no need to sign up for any courses or online tutorials.
For us, the process moved pretty fast. We applied on 15 November and got an email back the next day confirming our citizenship tests were to take place on Friday, 25 November.
That was today.
Go take the test.
So me and Mrs BobinOz went to our test centre, for us that was in the city of Brisbane. We arrived about 10 minutes before our 10:20 AM appointment. A sign said to take a seat and wait to be called, so we joined the other 10 or so people in the waiting room.
They were running a little behind, but by about a 10:45 we were called to the desk to provide all of our proofs. We were then issued with our unique identification numbers before entering the test room.
Logging in on one of the computers with your ID opens the screen to begin your test. You have a maximum of 45 minutes to complete 20 multiple-choice questions. You need 15 or more correct answers to pass the test.
So, how difficult is it Bob?
The videos last about 40 minutes all up; the booklet only has 45 pages. As I said, they both contain the exact same information and it is all the information you need to pass this test. If you didn’t watch the videos or read the book, you might still just about pass.
But if you watch the videos or read the book, is difficult to see how you can fail.
We both got full marks and I reckon it took us about 5 or 6 minutes to complete the test. Mrs BobinOz, who was sitting behind me, says she finished her test about 45 seconds before I did. She seems to forget that when I opened the door to the test room, like a gentleman, I let her go in first.
So she got to her computer before I did. So come on! Let’s call it a draw. Anyway, we weren’t that fast. There was only one other person in the room, an Asian lady who came in at the same time as us. She finished her test about a minute before we did.
So really, how hard do you think it is?
And guess what? If you fail the test you can simply ask to take it again.
Want to take a test test? Well, you can.
What happens next?
Having passed our citizenship tests, the Department of Immigration & Border Control will now run a final police check on us to make sure we haven’t been naughty. We haven’t, honest!
Assuming those checks come back clean, they will write to us at some point to let us know when and where our citizenship ceremony is going to take place.
It is only after attending this ceremony and taking “The Pledge” that Australian citizenship is awarded. So that’s it, we’re just waiting for our letters.