Children Aged 15 Years And Under Or Unaccompanied Minors

If you intend to apply for Australian citizenship on your own, you must be a permanent resident when you apply and when a decision is made on your application. You also need to be living with:

  • a responsible parent who is an Australian citizen or
  • a responsible parent who is not an Australian citizen and you would otherwise suffer significant hardship or disadvantage.

Your application form must be signed by the responsible parent you live with.

Unaccompanied humanitarian minor

If you are an unaccompanied humanitarian minor and you are a ward of the Minister then your application requires the consent of the Minister's delegate.

If you are an unaccompanied humanitarian minor and you are not a ward of the Minister then your application requires the consent of your responsible carer.

Your Australian citizenship options

If you are aged 15 years and under and want to apply for Australian citizenship in your own right, you must complete and lodge application Form 1290 Application for Australian citizenship – Other situations with the correct fee and all of the required documents.

Find out how to apply for Australian citizenship and apply online.

You can also apply on a paper application form.

Do you think you might already be an Australian citizen?

If you think you are already are an Australian citizen and you would like confirmation, please contact the Citizenship Information Line.
Telephone: 131 880 (8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday).

If you want proof of your Australian citizenship, you can apply for evidence of citizenship. You will be asked to provide a range of documents that assist us to confirm your citizenship status.