This page provides information about:
- the number of people who have become Australian citizens and where recent new citizens have come from
- the number of applicants who have sat the citizenship test and the pass rates
Australian citizenship statistics
More than 5 million people have become citizens since Australian citizenship was introduced in 1949.
Former nationality or citizenship
In 1949, during the inaugural year of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948, Australian citizenship was granted to 2493 people from just over 35 different nationalities. The top 5 nationalities (and number of grants) at that time according to the Australian Yearbook 1953, ABS were:
- Italian (708)
- Polish (597)
- Greek (276)
- German (225)
- Yugoslav (80).
In 2015-16, a total of 133,126 people become Australian citizens by conferral from at least 190 different countries.
The following table shows the number of people who were conferred as Australian citizens in 2015-16, according to their former nationality.
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Australian citizenship test statistics
The Australian Citizenship Test Snapshot Report is an annual publication that provides data on citizenship tests. Reports include the number of applicants who have sat the citizenship test, pass rates and country of birth analysis.
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