Becoming an Australian citizen grants you access to an exclusive club with a number of privileges.
You can stay outside Australia as long as you want. You do not need to apply for a Resident Return Visa to re-enter the country.
You are also entitled to consular and embassy assistance abroad.
Where permanent residents can lose their status if they spend long periods of time outside of the country or if they commit certain crimes, Australian citizenship is not easily revoked once you gain it.
Vote – shape the country’s future
Australian citizenship gives you the right to vote in federal, state or territory elections, as well as council elections and national referendums. In fact, voting is mandatory for Australian citizens.
Defer university fees
You maybe eligible to defer your education fees under the Higher Education Loan Program.
Apply for government jobs
Most Australian Defence Force or public service positions require you to be an Australian citizen.
Your children can become citizens
After becoming an Australian citizen any of your children born overseas can be registered as Australian citizens too, giving them the same rights as children born in Australia.
Become a parliamentarian
As a citizen you can become a member of Federal Parliament, however, you can not hold dual citizenship unless you can show you’ve made every effort to have your other nationality revoked.
Many international sporting and cultural events require participants representing Australia to be Australian citizens.
Greater access to New Zealand and US work permits
As an Australian citizen you have full residence rights in New Zealand without any time limit constraint or risk of losing those rights.
Australian citizens with professional jobs have access to a simplified work visa for the United States.
Adopt a child
Some states and territories require one or both parents to be Australian citizens to adopt a child.