How much does it cost to become an Australian citizen

The Cost to Become an Australian citizen

Being born in Australia as an Australian citizen generally has no cost, other than the birth certificate cost, but for Migrants who wish to apply for Citizenship, and for Australians born outside Australia, there are some costs.

The Australian Citizenship Fees in 2019 are:

$285.00 Australian citizenship – General eligibility
$ NIL for Child under 16 years applying on the same form as a parent

$230.00 Australian citizenship by descent
$ 95.00 for Second and subsequent siblings applying at the same time


These fees include the Citizenship Test.

Criteria for General Eligibility

  • are aged 18 years or over and under 60
  • are a migrant who is a permanent resident
  • satisfy the residence requirement
  • are likely to reside, or to continue to reside, in Australia or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia, and
  • are of good character

Permanent residents residency requirement:

  • have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for 4 years immediately before applying which must include the last 12 months as a permanent resident, and
  • not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in the year before applying.

Australian citizenship by descent

  • you must have been born outside Australia
  • at least one of your parents must have been an Australian citizen when you were born.

Australian Birth Certificate cost in January 2019:

$33.00 + Postage. Victoria
$46.00 NT
$48.20 QLD
$49.00 WA
$49.75 SA
$53.98 Tasmania
$58.00 NSW
$63.00 ACT

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5 thoughts on “How much does it cost to become an Australian citizen”

    1. There are various costs to become an Australian Citizen.

      The actual fee to apply for Citizenship is $285.00, but that is for people who already have an Australian Permanent Resident visa.

      It sounds like you are not yet a Permanent Resident of Australia, so there are a few more costs involved than just citizenship.

      There are a few different routes to getting an Australian Permanent Resident visa, all at different costs.

      The most expensive one is the partner visa route, which has a cost of almost $8,000 just for the visa alone. With probably a few thousand more for various other costs. Medicals, Police Checks, Migration Agents fees (if used), Flights, etc.

      A Skilled independent visa has a cost of about $4,000, plus all the extras, as above.

  1. How much does it cost for all visas to become an Australian citizen for a 38 year old woman who was born in the UK?

  2. After gaining citizenship comes the cost of a passport.

    Standard Australian Passport Fees in Australia.

    10-year passport for persons aged 16 and over – $293
    5-year passport for children under 16 years – $148
    5-year passport for persons aged 75 and over – $148

    Possible Additional passport Costs

    priority processing fee – $215 (This can enable a passport to be issued in one or two days.)

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