Person Born In Papua Before Independence In 1975

You may be eligible for Australian citizenship if you were born in Papua before independence on 16 September 1975 and:

  • one of your parents was born in Australia as we now know it.
  • your parent was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth
  • you are of good character. 

Children

Your children will not be eligible for Australian citizenship by descent because you were not an Australian citizen at the time of their birth. However, they may be eligible to apply for citizenship. The Citizenship Wizard will suggest an application option that may be suitable.

Your Australian citizenship options

People born in Papua before independence on 16 September 1975, and who satisfy the eligibility requirements, apply for citizenship using Form 1290 Australian citizenship – Other situations.

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

You can also apply on a paper application form.