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Australian Citizenship Act 1948

Act No. 83 of 1948 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 5 of 2002
An Act relating to Australian Citizenship
Start Date 01 Jul 2002
End Date 30 Jun 2006
Date of repeal 01 Jul 2007
Repealed by Australian Citizenship (Transitionals and Consequentials) Act 2007

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948



Compilation Information

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Australian Citizenship Act 1948 Act No. 83 of 1948 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 30 July 2002
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 5 of 2002
The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section
Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting,
Attorney-General's Department, Canberra



Long Title

An Act relating to Australian Citizenship

RECOGNISING THAT:—

Australian citizenship represents formal membership of the community of the Commonwealth of Australia; and Australian citizenship is a common bond, involving reciprocal rights and obligations, uniting all Australians, while respecting their diversity; and

Persons granted Australian citizenship enjoy these rights and undertake to accept these obligations

by pledging loyalty to Australia and its people, and by sharing their democratic beliefs, and by respecting their rights and liberties, and by upholding and obeying the laws of Australia:

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
Part I—Preliminary

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 1
Short title [see Note 1]

This Act may be cited as the Australian Citizenship Act 1948.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 2
Commencement [see Note 1]

This Act shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 3
Application of the Criminal Code

Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences against this Act.

Note: Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 5
Interpretation

(1)
In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:

approved form means a form approved by the Minister by instrument in writing.

Australia, when used in a geographical sense, includes the external territories.

Australian consulate means:

(a)
the office of a diplomatic or consular officer of the Australian Government;
(b)
an office in a country in which there is no office of a kind referred to in paragraph (a), being an office approved by the Minister; or
(c)
an office of the Department, whether the office is situated in or outside Australia.

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Australian reserve force means:

(a)
the Naval Reserve; or
(b)
the Army Reserve; or
(c)
the Air Force Reserve;

and includes:

(d)
any reserve force that is a predecessor (whether immediate or otherwise) of the Naval Reserve; and
(e)
any reserve force that is a predecessor (whether immediate or otherwise) of the Army Reserve; and
(f)
any reserve force that is a predecessor (whether immediate or otherwise) of the Air Force Reserve.
certificate of Australian citizenship means a certificate of Australian citizenship granted under this Act and includes a certificate of naturalization or a certificate of registration granted under the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948, or under that Act as amended, before the commencement of section 22 of the Citizenship Act 1969.

child includes an adopted child, a step-child and a child born out of wedlock.

electronic communication means:

(a)
a communication of information in the form of data, text or images by means of guided and/or unguided electromagnetic energy; or
(b)
a communication of information in the form of speech by means of guided and/or unguided electromagnetic energy, where the speech is processed at its destination by an automated voice recognition system.
illegal entrant means an illegal entrant within the meaning of the Migration Act 1958 as in force immediately before 1 September 1994.

New Guinea has the same meaning as the Territory of New Guinea had in the Papua New Guinea Act 1949 immediately before 16 September 1975.

Papua has the same meaning as the Territory of Papua had in the Papua New Guinea Act 1949 immediately before 16 September 1975.

permanent visa has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958.

prescribed date means the day on which section 4 of the Migration Legislation Amendment Act 1989 commences.

prescribed Territory means Norfolk Island or the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

prison includes any custodial institution at which a person convicted of an offence may be required to serve the whole or a part of any sentence imposed upon the person by reason of that conviction.

prohibited immigrant means a prohibited immigrant within the meaning of the Migration Act 1958 as in force from time to time before 2 April 1984.

prohibited non-citizen means a prohibited non-citizen within the meaning of the Migration Act 1958 as in force from time to time on or after 2 April 1984 but before the prescribed date.

psychiatric institution includes a psychiatric section of a hospital.

relevant defence service means:

(a)
service in the permanent forces of the Commonwealth; or
(b)
service by virtue of a notice under section 26 of the National Service Act 1951 as in force at any time before 26 November 1964.
responsible parent has the meaning given by subsection (2).

return endorsement means a return endorsement issued under section 11A of the Migration Act 1958 before the day on which the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1987 received the Royal Assent (being a return endorsement that has not expired or been cancelled), and includes a document or notation referred to in subsection 9(3) of the Migration Amendment Act 1979.

Secretary means the Secretary to the Department.

special category visa has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958.

special purpose visa has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958.

unlawful non-citizen has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958.

valid entry permit has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958 as in force immediately before 1 September 1994.

valid permanent entry permit has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958 as in force immediately before 1 September 1994.

valid visa has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958 as in force immediately before 1 September 1994.

visa has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958.


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(2)
For the purposes of this Act, a person is a responsible parent in relation to a child if:

(a)
the person is a parent of the child except where, because of orders made under the Family Law Act 1975, the person no longer has any parental responsibility for the child; or
(b)
the person (whether or not a parent of the child) has a residence order in relation to the child; or
(c)
the person (whether or not a parent of the child) has a specific issues order in relation to the child under which the person is responsible for the child's long-term or day-to-day care, welfare and development; or
(d)
the person (whether or not a parent of the child) has guardianship or custody of the child, jointly or otherwise, under a law in force in a foreign country or a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory, whether because of adoption, operation of law, an order of a court or otherwise.
(2A)
Expressions used in paragraphs (2)(a), (b) and (c) have the same meaning as in the Family Law Act 1975.

(3)
For the purposes of this Act:

(a)
a person born on a registered ship or aircraft shall be deemed to have been born at the place at which the ship or aircraft was registered and a person born on an unregistered ship or aircraft belonging to the government of a country shall be deemed to have been born in that country;
(b)
a person who, when a child, was found abandoned in Australia shall, unless and until the contrary is proved, be deemed:
(i)
to have been born in Australia;
(ii)
if born on or after 26 January 1949 and before 6 May 1966—to have been, at the time of birth, a person to whom subsection 10(2) of this Act, as in force at that time, did not apply;
(iii)
if born on or after 6 May 1966 and before the day on which the Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1986 comes into operation—to have been, at the time of birth, a person to whom subsections 10(2) and (3) of this Act, as in force at that time, did not apply; and
(iv)
if born on or after the day on which the Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1986 comes into operation—to be, at the time of birth, a person to whom paragraph 10(2)(a) of this Act applies and to whom subsection 10(3) of this Act does not apply;
(c)
a person shall be deemed not to have attained a specified age until the commencement of the relevant anniversary of the date of the person's birth; and
(e)
a person shall be deemed to be ordinarily resident in a country if:
(i)
the person has his or her home in that country; or
(ii)
that country is the country of his or her permanent abode notwithstanding that he or she is temporarily absent therefrom;
but the person shall be deemed not to be so resident if the person resides in that country for a special or temporary purpose only.
(4)
A reference in this Act (other than the definition of New Guinea in subsection (1)) to New Guinea shall, in relation to any time before the date on which the Citizenship Act 1969 received the Royal Assent be read as including a reference to the Island of Nauru.

(5)
For the purposes of this Act:

(a)
a reference to a period during which a person is or has been confined in a prison includes a reference to a period:

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(i)
during which the person is or has been an escapee from a prison; or
(ii)
during which the person is or has been undergoing a sentence of periodic detention in a prison; and
(b)
a reference to a period during which a person is or has been confined in a psychiatric institution by order of a court includes a reference to a period during which the person is or has been an escapee from the institution.
(6)
A child born to a woman as a result of the carrying out, during the period in which the woman was married to a man, of a medical procedure in relation to that woman, being a child who is not biologically the child of that man, shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be a child of that man and of no other man if the medical procedure was carried out with the consent of that man.

(7)
Subsection (6) applies in relation to a purported marriage that is void as if the purported marriage were a marriage and as if the parties to the purported marriage were husband and wife unless, at the time of the carrying out of the medical procedure referred to in subsection (6), neither party to the purported marriage believed on reasonable grounds that the purported marriage was valid.

(8)
In subsection (6), medical procedure means artificial insemination or the implantation of an embryo in the body of a woman.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 5A
Certain non-citizens to be permanent residents for the purposes of
Act

(1)
A person who is not an Australian citizen shall be taken to be, or to have been, a permanent resident for the purposes of this Act:

(a)
in relation to a period before 2 April 1984 during which the person was present in Australia (other than a prescribed Territory), if:
(i)
the person's continued presence in Australia (other than a prescribed Territory) was not, during that period, subject to any limitation as to time imposed by law;
(ii)
the person was not, during that period, a prohibited immigrant; and
(iii)
the person was not, during that period, a person who, if an event of the kind referred to in paragraph 8(3)(a), (b), (c) or (d) of the Migration Act 1958 as in force from time to time during that period had occurred, would have become a prohibited immigrant by virtue of subsection 8(3) of that Act as so in force, or, in a case where he or she was such a person, he or she was, during that period, a person to whom a declaration in force under subsection
(2)
applies;
(b)
in relation to a period on or after 2 April 1984 and before the prescribed date during which the person was present in Australia (other than a prescribed Territory), if:
(i)
the person's continued presence in Australia (other than a prescribed Territory) was not, during that period, subject to any limitation as to time imposed by law;
(ii)
the person was not, during that period, a prohibited non-citizen; and
(iii)
the person was not, during that period, a person who, if an event of the kind referred to in paragraph 8(3)(a), (b), (c) or (d) of the Migration Act 1958 as in force from time to time during that period had occurred, would have become a prohibited non-citizen by virtue of subsection 8(3) of that Act as so in force or, in a case where he or she was such a person, he or she was, during that period, a person to whom a declaration in force under subsection
(2)
applies;
(ba)
in relation to a period on or after the prescribed date and before 1 September 1994 during which the person was present in Australia (other than a prescribed Territory), if:

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(i)
the person's continued presence in Australia (other than a prescribed Territory) was not during that period, subject to any limitation as to time imposed by law;
(ii)
the person was not, during that period, an illegal entrant; and
(iii)
the person was not, during that period, a person who, if an event of the kind referred to in paragraph 9(a), (b), (c), (d), (e) or (g) of the Migration Act 1958 as in force from time to time during that period had occurred, would have become an illegal entrant because of subsection 14(4) of that Act as so in force or, in a case where he or she was such a person, he or she was, during that period, a person to whom a declaration in force under subsection (2) applies;
(bb)
in relation to a period on or after 1 September 1994 if:
(i)
the person was present in Australia and held a permanent visa; or
(ii)
a declaration under subsection (2) applied to the person;
(c)
in relation to a period during which the person was present in a prescribed Territory, if:
(i)
the person's continued presence in that Territory was not, during that period, subject to any limitation as to time imposed by law, or, in a case where the person's continued presence in that Territory was subject to such a limitation, he or she would have been a permanent resident for the purposes of this Act if he or she had been present in Australia (other than a prescribed Territory), or if he or she had been present in the other prescribed Territory, during that period; and
(ii)
the person's presence in that Territory during that period was not in contravention of a law of that Territory; or
(d)
in relation to a period during which the person was not present in Australia, if the person was, during that period:
(i)
the holder of, or deemed to be included in:

(A) a valid visa that is in a class of visas prescribed for the purposes of this sub-subparagraph or a return endorsement that was in force; or
(B) a document or endorsement in force under a law of a prescribed Territory, being a document or endorsement that, under the regulations, is to be treated as, or having been during a specified period, the equivalent of a visa referred to in sub-subparagraph (A) or a return endorsement during that period; or

(ii)
a person included in a class of persons declared by the regulations to be, or to have been during a specified period, permanent residents for the purposes of this Act, being persons who have, or have had, an association with a prescribed Territory.
(2)
The Minister may, by instrument in writing, declare that persons included in a specified class of persons, being persons (other than Australian citizens) who:

(a)
if an event of the kind referred to in paragraph 8(3)(d) of the Migration Act 1958, as in force from time to time before 2 April 1984, had occurred, would have become prohibited immigrants by virtue of subsection 8(3) of that Act as so in force;
(b)
if an event of the kind referred to in paragraph 8(3)(d) of the Migration Act 1958, as in force from time to time on or after 2 April 1984 but before the prescribed date, had occurred, would have become prohibited non-citizens by virtue of subsection 8(3) of that Act as so in force; or
(c)
if an event of the kind referred to in paragraph 9(e) of the Migration Act 1958, as in force from time to time on or after the prescribed date but before 1 September 1994, had occurred, would have become illegal entrants because of subsection 14(4) of that Act as so in force; or
(d)
are the holders of special category visas or special purpose visas; or
(e)
are, or have been, the holders of special category visas and who are either:

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(i)
ordinarily resident in Australia; or
(ii)
the spouse, widow or widower of an Australian citizen;

shall be taken to be, or to have been during a specified period, persons to whom this subsection applies.

(3)
Regulations made by virtue of subsection (1) or a declaration under subsection (2) may be expressed to relate to a period commencing on a date earlier than the date on which those regulations were made or that declaration was made.

(4)
A copy of an instrument under subsection (2) shall be published in the Gazette.

(5)
Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this section, where a person who has travelled to Australia by virtue of a statutory visitor's visa has entered into Australia, the person shall not be taken by virtue of this section to be a permanent resident for the purposes of this Act at any time when:

(a)
the relevant certificate issued under that section is in force; and
(b)
the person is not the holder of a valid permanent entry permit.
(5A)
In spite of anything in this section, if a person who has travelled to Australia by virtue of a criminal justice visa has entered Australia, the person is not to be taken, under this section, to be a permanent resident for the purpose of this Act at any time when:

(a)
the criminal justice visa is in effect; and
(b)
the person is not the holder of a permanent visa.
(6)
In this section:

criminal justice visa has the same meaning as in the Migration Act 1958.

statutory visitor's visa means:

(a)
a visa granted before the prescribed date under section 11AB of the Migration Act 1958 as in force from time to time before the prescribed date; or
(b)
a visa granted on or after the prescribed date under section 51 of the Migration Act 1958 as in force from time to time on or after the prescribed date and before 1 September 1994.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 6
Extension of Act to Territories

This Act shall extend to the Territories.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
Part III—Australian citizenship

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
Division 1—Citizenship by birth, adoption or descent

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 10
Citizenship by birth

(1)
Subject to this section, a person born in Australia after the commencement of this Act shall be an Australian citizen.

(2)
Subject to subsection (3), a person born in Australia after the commencement of the Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1986 shall be an Australian citizen by virtue of that birth if and only if:

(a)
a parent of the person was, at the time of the person's birth, an Australian citizen or a permanent resident; or
(b)
the person has, throughout the period of 10 years commencing on the day on which the person was born, been ordinarily resident in Australia.

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(3)
Subject to subsection (5), a person shall not be an Australian citizen by virtue of this section if, at the time of the person's birth, a parent of the person was an enemy alien and the birth occurred in a place then under occupation by the enemy.

(5)
Subsection (3) does not apply in relation to a person if, at the time of the person's birth, a parent of the person:

(a)
was an Australian citizen or a permanent resident; and
(b)
was not an enemy alien.
(6)
A reference in this section to a permanent resident does not include a reference to a person who is, for the purposes of the Migration Act 1958, an exempt non-citizen.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 10A
Citizenship by adoption

A person, not being an Australian citizen, who:

(a)
under a law in force in a State or Territory, is adopted by an Australian citizen or jointly by 2 persons at least one of whom is an Australian citizen; and
(b)
at the time of the person's adoption is present in Australia as a permanent resident;

shall be an Australian citizen.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 10B
Citizenship by descent

(1)
A person born outside Australia (in this subsection referred to as the relevant person) is an Australian citizen if:

(a)
the name of the relevant person is registered for the purposes of this section at an Australian consulate, and the registration is the result of an application made within 25 years of the person's birth to register the person's name for those purposes; and
(b)
a person, being a parent of the relevant person at the time of the birth of the relevant person:
(i)
was at that time an Australian citizen who had acquired Australian citizenship otherwise than by descent; or
(ii)
was:

(A) at that time an Australian citizen who had acquired Australian citizenship by descent; and
(B) at any time before the registration of the name of the relevant person (including a time before the birth of the relevant person), present in Australia, otherwise than as a prohibited immigrant, as a prohibited non-citizen, as an illegal entrant, as an unlawful non-citizen, or in contravention of a law of a prescribed Territory, for a period of, or for periods amounting in the aggregate to, not less than 2 years.

Note: for the meaning of acquiring Australian citizenship by descent, see subsection (5).

(1A)
If the relevant person referred to in subsection (1) has attained the age of 18 years, the name of the relevant person must not be registered for the purposes of this section unless the Minister is satisfied that the relevant person is of good character.

(2)
Where, at the time of the birth of a child (in this subsection referred to as the relevant child), one of the parents of the relevant child was not an Australian citizen, the name of the relevant child shall not be registered for the purposes of this section at an Australian consulate unless the person applying to register the name declares in writing to the person to whom the application is made, or otherwise satisfies that person, that:


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(a)
at least one person who is, at the time of the application, a responsible parent of the relevant child, was, at the time of the birth of the relevant child:
(i)
a parent of the relevant child; and
(ii)
an Australian citizen; or
(b)
a person who was, at the time of the birth of the relevant child:
(i)
a parent of the relevant child; and
(ii)
an Australian citizen;
is dead.
(3)
The validity of the registration at an Australian consulate of the name of a person is not affected by a failure to comply with subsection (2) in relation to that registration.

(4)
A person born outside Australia is an Australian citizen if, before the commencement of the Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1990:

(a)
an application was made to register the person's name at an Australian consulate for the purposes of this section before the person turned 18; and
(b)
the person's name was so registered even though the person had turned 18 at the time of registration.
(5)
For the purposes of this section, a person acquires Australian citizenship by descent if the person acquires Australian citizenship under:

(a)
this section; or
(b)
section 10C; or
(c)
section 11 of this Act as in force at any time before or after the commencement of this section.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 10C
Citizenship by descent for a person aged 18 or over on
15 January 1992

(1)
A person who is registered under this section is an Australian citizen.

(2)
A person may apply to the Minister to be registered under this section.

(3)
The application must be in accordance with the approved form.

(4)
The Minister must register, in the prescribed manner, an applicant for registration under this section if:

(a)
a natural parent of the applicant was an Australian citizen at the time of the birth of the applicant; and
(b)
that parent:
(i)
is an Australian citizen at the time an application under this section is made; or
(ii)
is dead and at the time of his or her death was an Australian citizen; and
(c)
the applicant:
(i)
was born outside Australia on or after 26 January 1949; and
(ii)
is aged 18 years or over on the day on which this section commences; and
(iii)
failed for an acceptable reason to become registered as an Australian citizen under:

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(A) section 10B; or
(B) section 11 of this Act as in force at any time before the commencement of section 10B; and

(d)
the Minister is satisfied that the applicant is of good character.
Note: acceptable reason is defined in subsection (5).

(5)
For the purposes of subparagraph (4)(c)(iii), an applicant has an acceptable reason if and only if:

(a)
an Australian passport has been issued to the applicant; or
(b)
the applicant's name has been on an Electoral Roll under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918; or
(c)
the applicant was unaware of the requirement of registration for the purposes of obtaining Australian citizenship by descent under section 10B or under section 11 of this Act as in force at any time before the commencement of section 10B; or
(d)
the applicant has a reason for failing to become registered that is declared by the regulations to be an acceptable reason for the purposes of this section.
(6)
If the Minister decides not to register an applicant under this section, the Minister must inform the applicant of that decision by written notice served personally, by post or by an electronic communication.

(7)
A notice served on an applicant under subsection (6) must include:

(a)
reasons for the decision; and
(b)
notification of the applicant's entitlement to apply for review of the decision under section 52A.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 11
Citizenship by descent through mother

(1)
A person born outside Australia or New Guinea before 26 January 1949 may, within 5 years after the commencement of this section, apply to the Minister for his or her registration under this section as an Australian citizen if the person's natural mother became an Australian citizen on 26 January 1949 and, before that day:

(a)
was born in Australia or New Guinea; or
(b)
was naturalised in Australia.
(2)
The application may include any natural child of the applicant, regardless of the child's age.

(2A)
The application must be in accordance with the approved form.

(3)
The Minister must register, in the prescribed manner, the applicant as an Australian citizen where the Minister is satisfied that the applicant:

(a)
was present in Australia for any time before 1 May 1987; and
(b)
is of good character.
(4)
The applicant, and any natural child of the applicant included in the application, becomes an Australian citizen on the day on which the applicant is registered as an Australian citizen.

(5)
If the Minister makes a decision under subsection (3) and the applicant is not to be registered as an Australian citizen, the Minister must cause to be served on the applicant a notice in writing setting out that decision. The notice may be served personally, by post or by an electronic communication.

(6)
A notice served on an applicant under subsection (5) must include:


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(a)
reasons for the decision; and
(b)
notification of the applicant's entitlement to apply for review of the decision under section 52A.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
Division 2—Grant of Australian citizenship

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 12
Application of Division

This Division does not apply to a person who is an Australian citizen.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 13
Grant of Australian citizenship

(1)
Subject to this section, the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, upon application in accordance with the approved form, grant a certificate of Australian citizenship to a person who satisfies the Minister that:

(a)
the person is a permanent resident;
(b)
the person has attained the age of 18 years;
(c)
the person understands the nature of the application;
(d)
the person has been present in Australia as a permanent resident for a period of, or for periods amounting in the aggregate to, not less than one year during the period of 2 years immediately preceding the date of the furnishing of the application;
(e)
the person has been present in Australia as a permanent resident for a period of, or for periods amounting in the aggregate to, not less than 2 years during the period of 5 years immediately preceding the date of the furnishing of the application;
(f)
the person is of good character;
(g)
the person possesses a basic knowledge of the English language;
(h)
the person has an adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship; and
(j)
if granted a certificate of Australian citizenship, the person is likely to reside, or to continue to reside, in Australia, or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia.
(1A)
The Minister shall not grant a certificate of Australian citizenship to a person under subsection (1) at a time when the person is not present in Australia unless:

(a)
the person is a permanent resident; and
(b)
the Minister considers that the person is engaged in activities outside Australia that are beneficial to the interests of Australia.
(2)
Where, by reason of a physical or mental incapacity, not being a temporary incapacity, an applicant under subsection (1) is not capable of understanding the nature of that application, paragraphs (1)(c), (g) and (h) do not apply in relation to that person.

(3)
Paragraphs (1)(d) and (e) do not apply in relation to:

(a)
a person who has completed not less than 3 months' relevant defence service; or
(b)
a person who has been discharged from relevant defence service, before completing 3 months of that service, as medically unfit for service or further service and who became medically unfit by reason of the person's relevant defence service.
(3A)
Paragraphs (1)(d) and (e) do not apply in relation to:

(a)
a person who has completed full-time service as a member of an Australian reserve force for a period of, or for periods amounting in the aggregate to, not less than 6 months; or
(b)
a person who:

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(i)
has been discharged from service as a member of an Australian reserve force before completing full-time service as such a member for a period of, or for periods amounting in the aggregate to, 6 months; and
(ii)
was so discharged as medically unfit for service or further service; and
(iii)
was so discharged while undertaking full-time service as a member of the reserve force; and
(iv)
became medically unfit for service because of the person's service as a member of the reserve force.
(4)
For the purposes of the application of subsection (1) in relation to an applicant for the grant of a certificate of Australian citizenship:

(a)
the Minister shall not take into account, as a period during which the applicant has been present in Australia as a permanent resident, any period during which the applicant has been confined in a prison or has been confined in a psychiatric institution by order of a court made in connection with criminal proceedings against the person; and
(b)
subject to paragraph (a), the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion:
(i)
treat a period during which the applicant:

(A) was a permanent resident;
(B) was not present in Australia; and
(C) was engaged in activities that the Minister considers beneficial to the interests of Australia;

as a period during which the applicant was present in Australia as a permanent resident;
(ii)
treat a period ending before the period of 5 years referred to in paragraph (1)(e), being a period during which the applicant was present in Australia as a permanent resident, as a period within that period of 5 years;
(iv)
if the Minister considers that the applicant would suffer significant hardship or disadvantage if a certificate of Australian citizenship were not granted to the applicant—treat a period during which the applicant was present in Australia otherwise than as a prohibited immigrant, as a prohibited non-citizen, as an illegal entrant, as an unlawful non-citizen, or in contravention of a law of a prescribed Territory, as a period during which the applicant was present in Australia as a permanent resident; or
(v)
if the Minister considers that an applicant who is a permanent resident was, by reason of an administrative error, not a permanent resident during a period during which the person was present in Australia—treat the period as a period during which the applicant was present in Australia as a permanent resident.
(5)
Paragraph (1)(e) does not apply in relation to a person who was formerly an Australian citizen or who was born in Australia.

(6)
Paragraphs (1)(g) and (h) do not apply in relation to a person who satisfies the Minister that the person is suffering (otherwise than temporarily) from a loss, or from a substantial impairment, of hearing, speech or sight.

(7)
Paragraph (1)(g) does not apply to a person who has attained the age of 50 years.

(8)
Paragraph (1)(h) does not apply to a person who has attained the age of 60 years.

(9)
Subject to subsection (11), the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, upon application in accordance with the approved form, grant a certificate of Australian citizenship to a person:

(a)
who has not attained the age of 18 years;
(b)
who:
(i)
has attained the age of 18 years; and
(ii)
has made the application before attaining that age;

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(c)
who is a permanent resident and is the spouse, widow or widower of an Australian citizen; or
(d)
who:
(i)
has attained the age of 16 years; and
(ii)
is a permanent resident and the spouse of a person who has been granted a certificate of Australian citizenship but has not yet acquired Australian citizenship by virtue of the operation of section 15.
(9A)
Subsection (9) does not apply to a person to whom subsection 5A(5) applies.

(9B)
Subject to subsection (11), the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, on application in accordance with the approved form, grant a certificate of Australian citizenship to a child if:

(a)
the child was under 16 at the time of the application; and
(b)
the application is set out in the same document as an application made under subsection (1) by a responsible parent of the child for the grant of a certificate of Australian citizenship to the responsible parent.
(9C)
The same form may be approved for the purposes of subsections (1) and (9B).

(9D)
An application under subsection (9B) may be set out in the same document as an application under subsection (1) if the applicant under subsection (1) is a responsible parent of the applicant under subsection (9B).

(9E)
Subject to subsection (11), the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, on application in accordance with the approved form, grant a certificate of Australian citizenship to a child if, at the time of the application:

(a)
the child was under 16; and
(b)
a responsible parent of the child is an Australian citizen because of the operation of section 15.
(11)
The Minister shall not grant a certificate of Australian citizenship to a person under subsection (1), (9), (9B) or (9E):

(a)
during any period during which proceedings for an offence against a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory (including proceedings by way of appeal or review) are pending in relation to the person; or
(b)
during any period during which the person is confined to a prison in Australia; or
(c)
during the period of 2 years after the expiration of any period during which the person has been confined in a prison in Australia by reason of the imposition on the person of:
(i)
a sentence of death that has been commuted to a sentence of imprisonment; or
(ii)
a sentence of imprisonment for life or for a period of not less than 12 months; or
(ca)
if the person is a serious repeat offender in relation to a sentence of imprisonment (within the meaning of subsection (11A))—during the period of 10 years after the end of any period during which the person has been confined in a prison in Australia because of the imposition on the person of that sentence; or
(d)
if the person has been released from serving the whole or a part of a sentence of imprisonment on parole or upon licence to be at large—during any period during which action can be taken in respect of the person under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory by way of requiring the person to serve the whole of that sentence, or the whole or a part of the remainder of that sentence, as the case requires; or
(e)
if the person has been released by a court from serving the whole or a part of a sentence of imprisonment upon the person's giving a relevant security—during any period during which action can be taken in respect of the person under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory by reason of a breach of a condition of that security; or
(f)
during any period during which the person is confined in a psychiatric institution by order of a court made in connection with proceedings of the kind referred to in paragraph (a) in relation to the person; or
(g)
if the person has ceased to be an Australian citizen—during the period of 12 months commencing on the day on which the person ceased, or last ceased, to be an Australian citizen.

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(11A)
For the purposes of paragraph (11)(ca), if:

(a)
a serious prison sentence was imposed on a person; and
(b)
the person was confined in a prison in Australia because of the imposition of that sentence; and
(c)
another serious prison sentence was imposed on the person in relation to an offence committed by the person at a time after the person ceased to be confined in prison because of the imposition of the sentence mentioned in paragraph (a);

the person is a serious repeat offender in relation to the other sentence. For this purpose, a serious prison sentence is:

(d)
a sentence of imprisonment for life; or
(e)
a sentence of imprisonment for a period of not less than 12 months.
(12)
Where the Minister makes a decision under this section refusing an application and the applicant is present in Australia, the Minister shall cause to be served on the applicant a notice in writing setting out that decision. The notice may be served personally, by post or by an electronic communication.

(13)
Nothing in paragraph (4)(a) or subsection (11) shall be taken, by implication, to limit the generality of paragraph (1)(f).

(16)
A reference in paragraph (4)(a) or (11)(c) to a period during which a person has been confined in a prison does not include a reference to a period during which the person has been so confined by reason only of the person's serving a sentence relating to a conviction that has subsequently been quashed.

(17)
In paragraph (11)(e), relevant security means a security given by a person, with or without sureties, by recognizance or otherwise, that the person will comply with conditions relating to the person's behaviour.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 14
Deferral of consideration of application under section
13

(1)
Subject to subsection (2), where:

(a)
an application is made to the Minister under section 13; and
(b)
it appears to the Minister at a particular time that:
(i)
if the Minister were to complete consideration of the application at that time, the Minister would be likely to refuse the application (otherwise than by reason of the operation of paragraph 13(1)(d) or (e)); and
(ii)
having regard to the effluxion of time, or to the likelihood of a change in circumstances, the Minister would be likely to grant the application if consideration of the application were deferred for such period as the Minister determines;

the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, defer consideration of the application until the expiration of that period.

(2)
The Minister shall not defer consideration of an application made under section 13 for a period that exceeds, or for periods that, in the aggregate, exceed, 12 months.

(3)
Where, in accordance with subsection (1), the Minister decides to defer consideration of an application until the expiration of a period:

(a)
if the applicant is present in Australia, the Minister shall cause to be served on the applicant a notice in writing setting out that decision; and
(b)
section 13 and subsection (1) of this section apply in relation to the application as if it had been furnished immediately before the expiration of that period.

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A notice under paragraph (a) may be served personally, by post or by an electronic communication.

(4)
Nothing in this section prevents:

(a)
an applicant under section 13 from withdrawing the application; or
(b)
a person whose application under section 13 has been refused from making a further application or applications under that section.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 14A
Deferral of consideration of application under section 13—visa
liable to cancellation

(1)
If:

(a)
an application is made to the Minister under section 13; and
(b)
it appears to the Minister that:
(i)
a visa held by the applicant may be cancelled under a provision of the Migration Act 1958 (whether or not the person has been given any notice to that effect); or
(ii)
the person has been charged, or may be charged, with an offence under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;

the Minister may defer consideration of the application until the end of a period determined by the Minister.

(2)
The Minister must not defer consideration of an application for a period that exceeds, or for periods that in total exceed, 12 months.

(3)
If:

(a)
the Minister decides to defer consideration of an application; and
(b)
the applicant is present in Australia;

the Minister must give the applicant written notice setting out the decision. The notice may be served personally, by post or by an electronic communication.

(4)
If the Minister decides to defer consideration of an application, section 13 and subsection (1) of this section apply in relation to the application as if it had been furnished immediately before the end of that period.

(5)
Nothing in this section prevents:

(a)
an applicant from withdrawing the application; or
(b)
a person whose application under section 13 has been refused from making a further application or applications under that section.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 14B
Revocation of grant of certificate of Australian citizenship
before conferral of citizenship

(1)
If:

(a)
a certificate of Australian citizenship has been granted to a person under this Division after the commencement of this section; and
(b)
the person has not become an Australian citizen under section 15; and
(c)
either:
(i)
if it were assumed that the certificate had not been granted and the person were to make a fresh application for the certificate, the Minister would be required to make a decision under section 13 refusing the application; or
(ii)
the person has failed to make a pledge of commitment within 12 months after the day on which the person was notified of the Minister's decision under section 13 to grant the certificate, and the person does not have an acceptable reason for the failure;

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the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, revoke the grant of the certificate.

(2)
For the purposes of the application of subparagraph (1)(c)(i) to a person to whom a certificate of Australian citizenship has been granted as a result of an application under subsection 13(1) (the actual application):

(a)
paragraphs 13(1)(d) and (e) and subsection 13(4) apply as if the date of the furnishing of the fresh application were the same as the date of the furnishing of the actual application; and
(b)
the remaining provisions of section 13 apply as if the fresh application had been made on the day before the day on which the Minister makes a decision under subsection (1) of this section whether to revoke the grant of the certificate.
(3)
For the purposes of the application of subparagraph (1)(c)(i) to a person to whom a certificate of Australian citizenship has been granted as a result of an application under subsection 13(9) (the actual application):

(a)
paragraph 13(9)(b) applies as if the fresh application were made on the same day as the actual application; and
(b)
the remaining provisions of section 13 apply as if the fresh application had been made on the day before the day on which the Minister makes a decision under subsection (1) of this section whether to revoke the grant of the certificate.
(4)
For the purposes of subparagraph (1)(c)(ii), a reason is an acceptable reason if, and only if, the reason is declared by the regulations to be an acceptable reason for the purposes of this section.

(5)
If the Minister revokes the grant of a certificate, the Minister must give the person concerned a written notice of the revocation. The notice may be served personally, by post or by an electronic communication.

(6)
If the Minister revokes the grant of a certificate (whether or not notice has been given under subsection (5)), the person concerned is taken not to be a person to whom a certificate of Australian citizenship has been granted under this Division.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 14C
Deferral of conferral of Australian citizenship

(1)
If:

(a)
a certificate of Australian citizenship has been granted to a person under this Division after the commencement of this section; and
(b)
the person has not become an Australian citizen under section 15; and
(c)
it appears to the Minister that:
(i)
a visa held by the person may be cancelled under a provision of the Migration Act 1958 (whether or not the person has been given any notice to that effect); or
(ii)
the person has been charged, or may be charged, with an offence under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;

the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, defer the conferral of Australian citizenship on the person until the end of a period determined by the Minister.

(2)
The Minister must not defer the conferral of Australian citizenship on a person for a period that exceeds, or for periods that in total exceed, 12 months.

(3)
If:


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(a)
the Minister decides to defer the conferral of Australian citizenship on a person; and
(b)
the person is present in Australia;

the Minister must give the person a written notice setting out the decision. The notice may be served personally, by post or by an electronic communication.

(4)
If the Minister decides to defer the conferral of Australian citizenship on a person until the end of a particular period, the person must not make a pledge of commitment before the end of that period.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 15
Effect of grant of certificate of Australian citizenship

(1)
A person to whom a certificate of Australian citizenship has been granted under this Division (other than subsection 13(9B) or (9E)) shall be an Australian citizen:

(a)
in the case of a person:
(i)
who, at any time after lodging an application for a certificate of Australian citizenship (including a time after the grant of the certificate), makes a pledge of commitment in the manner provided by this section and in accordance with either of the forms set out in Schedule 2; and
(ii)
to whom paragraph (b) does not apply;
on and after the day on which the certificate is granted or on which the person makes such a pledge of commitment, whichever last occurs; or
(b)
in the case of a person:
(i)
who has not attained the age of 16 years; or
(ii)
to whom subsection 13(2) applies;
on and after the day on which the certificate is granted.
(2)
A pledge of commitment shall:

(a)
be made before any of the following persons:
(i)
the Minister;
(ii)
a Judge of a federal court (other than the Federal Magistrates Court), being a Judge who is an Australian citizen;
(iia)
a Federal Magistrate who is an Australian citizen;
(iii)
a Judge or Magistrate holding office under a law of a State or Territory, being a Judge or Magistrate who is an Australian citizen;
(iv)
a person, or a person included in a class of persons, approved in writing by the Minister for the purposes of this subparagraph, being a person who is an Australian citizen; and
(b)
if the Minister has made arrangements under section 41 for it to be made in public, be made in accordance with those arrangements unless the Minister otherwise permits in writing.
(3)
A person who has been granted a certificate of Australian citizenship under subsection 13(9) by virtue of being the spouse of a person referred to in subparagraph 13(9)(d)(ii) shall not make a pledge of commitment before the last-mentioned person has made such a pledge.

(4A)
The validity of an acquisition of Australian citizenship is not affected by reason only that a pledge of commitment was not made before an Australian citizen.

(5)
A reference in subsection (1) to a person to whom a certificate of Australian citizenship has been granted under this Division shall be read as including a reference to a person to whom a certificate of Australian citizenship has been granted under section 15 of the Citizenship Act 1948-1969 or of that Act as amended but who was not an Australian citizen immediately before the commencement of this section.

(6)
A person to whom a certificate of Australian citizenship has been granted under subsection 13(9B) is an Australian citizen on and after:


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(a)
the day on which the responsible parent mentioned in that subsection becomes an Australian citizen under section 15; or
(b)
if the certificate is granted after the responsible parent becomes an Australian citizen under section 15—the day on which the certificate is granted.
(7)
A person to whom a certificate of Australian citizenship has been granted under subsection 13(9E) is an Australian citizen on and after the day on which the certificate is granted.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
Division 4—Loss of citizenship

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 18
Renunciation of citizenship

(1)
Where a person is an Australian citizen and:

(a)
has attained the age of 18 years and is a national or citizen of a foreign country; or
(b)
was born, or is ordinarily resident, in a foreign country and is not entitled, under the law of that country, to acquire the nationality or citizenship of that country by reason that the person is an Australian citizen;

the person may lodge with the Minister a declaration in the prescribed form renouncing the person's Australian citizenship.

(4)
Subject to subsections (5), (5A) and (6), the Minister shall register a declaration made under this section and thereupon the person making the declaration shall cease to be an Australian citizen.

(5)
Where, during a war in which Australia is engaged, a declaration is made under this section by a person who is a national or citizen of a foreign country, the Minister may refuse to register the declaration.

(5A)
The Minister shall not register a declaration made under this section if the Minister considers that it would not be in the interests of Australia to do so.

(6)
The Minister shall not register a declaration made under this section unless the Minister is satisfied that the person who made the declaration:

(a)
is a national or citizen of a foreign country; or
(b)
will, if the declaration is registered, become a national or citizen of such a country immediately after the registration.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 19
Loss of citizenship by reason of service in armed forces of an
enemy country

An Australian citizen who, under the law of a foreign country, is a national or citizen of that country and serves in the armed forces of a country at war with Australia shall, upon commencing so to serve, cease to be an Australian citizen.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 21
Deprivation of citizenship

(1)
Where:

(a)
a person who is an Australian citizen by virtue of a certificate of Australian citizenship:
(i)
has been convicted of an offence against section 50 in relation to the application for the certificate of Australian citizenship; or
(ii)
has, at any time after furnishing the application for the certificate of Australian citizenship (including a time after the grant of the certificate), been convicted of an offence against a law in force in a foreign country or against a law of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory for which the person has been sentenced to death or to imprisonment for life or for a period of not less than 12 months, being an offence committed at any time before the grant of the certificate (including a time before the furnishing of the application); or
(iii)
in respect of a person who was granted the certificate of Australian citizenship as a result of an application for the certificate made after the commencement of this subparagraph—obtained the certificate as a result of migration-related fraud; and

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(b)
the Minister is satisfied that it would be contrary to the public interest for the person to continue to be an Australian citizen;

the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, by order, deprive the person of his or her Australian citizenship, and the person shall, upon the making of the order, cease to be an Australian citizen.

Note: If a person is convicted of a "people smuggling" offence against section 232A, 233 or 233A of the Migration Act 1958, and is sentenced to imprisonment for a period of not less than 12 months, the person may be liable to deprivation of citizenship—see subparagraph (1)(a)(ii) of this section.

(1A)
For the purposes of subparagraph (1)(a)(iii), a person is taken to have obtained a certificate of Australian citizenship as a result of migration-related fraud if, and only if:

(a)
at any time (including a time after the grant of the certificate) the person was convicted of an offence against section 234, 236, 243 or 244 of the Migration Act 1958, or section 134.1, 134.2, 135.1, 135.2, 135.4 or 136.1 of the Criminal Code, that was committed at any time before the grant of the certificate (including a time before the making of the application); and
(b)
the act or omission that constituted the offence was connected with the person's entry into Australia or the grant to the person of a visa or of a permission to enter and remain in Australia.
(1B)
Subsection (1A) does not apply to a person in respect of an offence if the Minister is satisfied that the act or omission that constituted that offence was not in any way (whether directly or indirectly) material to the person becoming a permanent resident.

(2)
A reference in subsection (1) to a conviction of an offence includes a reference to the making of an order under subsection 19B(1) of the Crimes Act 1914 or the corresponding provision of a law in force in a foreign country or of a law of a State or Territory in relation to the offence.

(3)
Where the Minister makes an order under subsection (1) depriving a person of Australian citizenship, the Minister shall, if the person is present in Australia, cause to be served on the person a copy of that order. The copy of that order may be served personally, by post or by an electronic communication.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 23
Children of persons who lose or are deprived of
citizenship

(1)
Subject to subsection (3), where:

(a)
a responsible parent of a child, being a child who has not attained the age of 18 years, ceases to be an Australian citizen under section 18 or 19; and
(b)
that child is, under the law of a foreign country, a national or citizen of that country immediately after the time when that responsible parent ceases to be an Australian citizen;

that child shall cease to be an Australian citizen from that time.

(2)
Subject to subsection (3), where a person is deprived of Australian citizenship under section 21, the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, by order, direct that all or any of the children of whom that person is a responsible parent and who have not attained the age of 18 years shall cease to be Australian citizens, and the children in respect of whom the order is made shall, upon the making of the order, cease to be Australian citizens.

(3)
Where, but for this subsection:

(a)
a child would cease to be an Australian citizen under subsection (1) as a consequence of a responsible parent of the child ceasing to be an Australian citizen; or
(b)
the Minister would be empowered under subsection (2) to direct that a child should cease to be an Australian citizen as a consequence of a responsible parent of the child being deprived of Australian citizenship;

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and at the time the child would cease to be an Australian citizen or the Minister would become so empowered, as the case may be, another responsible parent of the child is an Australian citizen, subsection (1) or (2), as the case may be, does not apply in relation to the child:

(c)
until there ceases to be a responsible parent of the child (whether or not that other responsible parent), being a responsible parent who is an Australian citizen; or
(d)
if the cessation referred to in paragraph (c) is by reason of the death of the responsible parent—at any time after that death.
(4)
Where the Minister makes an order under subsection (2) directing that all or any of the children of a person shall cease to be Australian citizens, the Minister shall, if the person is present in Australia, cause to be served on the person a copy of that order. The copy of that order may be served personally, by post or by an electronic communication.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 23AA
Persons may resume citizenship lost in certain
circumstances

(1)
Where:

(a)
a person:
(i)
has done a voluntary and formal act, other than marriage, by virtue of which the person acquired the nationality or citizenship of a country other than Australia; or
(ii)
has done any act or thing:

(A) the sole or dominant purpose of which; and
(B) the effect of which;

was or is to acquire the nationality or citizenship of a foreign country;
being an act or thing that resulted in the person ceasing to be an Australian citizen;
(b)
the person furnishes to the Minister a statement, in writing, to the effect that:
(i)
if the person had not done the act or thing, the person would have suffered significant hardship or detriment; or
(ii)
at the time when the person did the act or thing the person did not know that he or she would, as a consequence of doing the act or thing, cease to be an Australian citizen;
and also stating that the person:
(iii)
has been present in Australia (otherwise than as a prohibited immigrant, as a prohibited non-citizen, as an illegal entrant, as an unlawful non-citizen, or in contravention of a law of a prescribed territory) for a period of, or for periods amounting in the aggregate to, not less than 2 years;
(iv)
intends that:

(A) if the person again becomes an Australian citizen and is residing in Australia at the time when the person so becomes an Australian citizen, the person will continue to reside in Australia after so becoming an Australian citizen; or
(B) if the person again becomes an Australian citizen and is not residing in Australia at the time when the person so becomes an Australian citizen, the person will commence to reside in Australia after so becoming an Australian citizen and before the expiration of the period of 3 years commencing on the day on which the statement is made; and


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(v)
has maintained a close and continuing association with Australia; and
(c)
the person furnishes to the Minister together with the statement a declaration in the prescribed form that the person wishes to resume Australian citizenship;

the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, if the Minister is satisfied:

(d)
as to the truth of the matters contained in the statement; and
(e)
in a case where the person has claimed that, if the person had not done the act or thing that resulted in the person ceasing to be an Australian citizen, the person would have suffered hardship or detriment of an economic nature—that the person's circumstances were such as to compel the person to do that act or thing; and
(f)
that the person is of good character;

register the declaration in the prescribed manner and, upon the registration of the declaration, the person making the declaration again becomes an Australian citizen.

(2)
The Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, upon application in accordance with the approved form, include in a declaration registered under subsection (1), either at the time of registering the declaration or by later amending the declaration, the name of a child:

(a)
who has not attained the age of 18 years;
(b)
of whom the person who made the declaration is a responsible parent; and
(c)
who ceased to be an Australian citizen by reason of the person who made the declaration ceasing to be an Australian citizen;

and, upon the inclusion of the name of the child in the declaration, the child again becomes an Australian citizen.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 23AB
Persons may resume citizenship lost under
section 18

(1)
If:

(a)
a person has ceased to be an Australian citizen because of section 18 (which deals with renunciation of citizenship); and
(b)
the person has not attained the age of 25 years; and
(c)
the person gives the Minister a written statement that complies with subsection (2); and
(d)
the person gives the Minister, together with the statement, a declaration in the prescribed form that the person wishes to resume Australian citizenship;

the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, if the Minister is satisfied:

(e)
as to the truth of the matters contained in the statement; and
(f)
in a case where the person has claimed that, if the person had not renounced his or her Australian citizenship, the person would have suffered hardship or detriment of an economic nature—that the person's circumstances were such as to compel the person to renounce his or her Australian citizenship; and
(g)
that the person is of good character;

register the declaration in the prescribed manner and, on the registration of the declaration, the person making the declaration again becomes an Australian citizen.

(2)
A statement made by a person under paragraph (1)(c) complies with this subsection if the statement is to the effect that:

(a)
the person renounced his or her Australian citizenship in order to retain the nationality or citizenship of a foreign country; and
(b)
if the person had not renounced his or her Australian citizenship, the person would have suffered significant hardship or detriment;

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and the statement also states that the person:

(c)
has been present in Australia (otherwise than as a prohibited immigrant, as a prohibited non-citizen, as an illegal entrant, as an unlawful non-citizen, or in contravention of a law of a prescribed Territory) for a period of, or for periods amounting in the aggregate to, not less than 2 years; and
(d)
intends that:
(i)
if the person again becomes an Australian citizen and is residing in Australia at the time when the person so becomes an Australian citizen, the person will continue to reside in Australia after so becoming an Australian citizen; or
(ii)
if the person again becomes an Australian citizen and is not residing in Australia at the time when the person so becomes an Australian citizen, the person will begin to reside in Australia after so becoming an Australian citizen and before the end of the period of 3 years beginning on the day on which the statement is made; and
(e)
has maintained a close and continuing association with Australia.
(3)
The Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, on application in accordance with the approved form, include in a declaration registered under subsection (1), either at the time of registering the declaration or by later amending the declaration, the name of a child:

(a)
who has not attained the age of 18 years; and
(b)
of whom the person who made the declaration is a responsible parent; and
(c)
who ceased to be an Australian citizen by reason of the person who made the declaration ceasing to be an Australian citizen;

and, on the inclusion of the name of the child in the declaration, the child again becomes an Australian citizen.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 23A
Persons may resume citizenship lost under section 20

(1)
A person who, under section 20 of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948, ceased to be an Australian citizen may, within one year after the date of commencement of this section or the date on which the person attains the age of 18 years, whichever is the later, or within such further period as the Minister, in special circumstances, allows, make and furnish to the Secretary or to a person authorized by the Secretary by instrument in writing for the purposes of this section a declaration in accordance with the prescribed form that the person wishes to resume Australian citizenship.

(2)
A person to whom a declaration is furnished under subsection (1) shall register the declaration in the prescribed manner and, upon the registration of the declaration, the person making the declaration again becomes an Australian citizen.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 23B
Persons may resume citizenship lost under section 23

(1)
A person who, under section 23, has ceased or ceases to be an Australian citizen may, within one year after attaining the age of 18 years or within such further period as the Minister, in special circumstances, allows, make and furnish to the Secretary or to a person authorized by the Secretary by instrument in writing for the purposes of this section a declaration in accordance with the prescribed form that the person wishes to resume Australian citizenship.

(1A)
To avoid doubt, the reference in subsection (1) to section 23 includes a reference to section 23 as in force at any time before the repeal of section 17 by the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment Act 2002.

(2)
If:

(a)
a person makes a declaration under subsection (1); and
(b)
the Minister is satisfied that the person is of good character;

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the person to whom the declaration is given must register the declaration in the prescribed manner and, on the registration of the declaration, the person making the declaration again becomes an Australian citizen.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
Division 5—General

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 23C
Statements by Australian citizens as to national status

An Australian citizen who is required to state or declare his or her national status may state or declare himself or herself to be an Australian citizen and his or her statement or declaration to that effect is a sufficient compliance with the requirement.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 23D
Special provisions to prevent persons being stateless

(1)
The Minister shall, upon application made in accordance with the approved form for the grant of Australian citizenship to a person under this subsection and if the Minister is satisfied that the person:

(a)
was born in Australia;
(b)
is not, and has never been, a citizen of any country; and
(c)
is not, and has never been, entitled to acquire the citizenship of a foreign country;

register that person as prescribed as an Australian citizen, and the person is an Australian citizen as from the date upon which the registration is effected.

(1A)
Where the Minister is satisfied that a person has or had reasonable prospects, at a particular time, of acquiring the citizenship of a foreign country if the person were to apply, or to have applied, at that time for the grant of such citizenship, the person shall be taken, for the purposes of subsection (1), to be or to have been entitled to acquire the citizenship of that country at that time.

(2)
Where the Minister makes a decision under subsection (1) refusing an application and the applicant is present in Australia, the Minister shall cause to be served on the applicant a notice in writing setting out that decision. The notice may be served personally, by post or by an electronic communication.

(3)
Where:

(a)
but for this subsection, section 10B would prevent the acquisition of Australian citizenship by a person by reason only of all or any of the following matters:
(i)
that more than 25 years have elapsed since the birth of the person;
(ii)
that the requirement set out in sub-subparagraph 10B(1)(b)(ii)(B) is not fulfilled by either of the persons who were the parents of the first-mentioned person at the time of his or her birth;
(iii)
the operation of subsection 10B(2); and
(b)
the first-mentioned person is not, and has never been, a citizen of any country;

then:

(c)
the name of the first-mentioned person may be registered for the purposes of section 10B; and
(d)
the matter or matters referred to in paragraph (a) does not or do not prevent the acquisition of Australian citizenship by the person under section 10B.
(3A)
Where, but for this subsection, a person to whom subparagraph 21(1)(a)(ii) applies would, if the Minister were to make an order under subsection 21(1) in relation to that person, become a person who is not a citizen of any country, subsection 21(1) does not apply in relation to that person.

(4)
Subsection 23(2) does not apply in relation to a child who would, if the Minister were to make an order under that subsection in respect of the child, become a person who is not a citizen of any country.


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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
Part V—Miscellaneous

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 31
Application to be dealt with only if on approved form and fee
paid

The Minister must not consider, or otherwise deal with, an application under this Act unless:

(a)
the application is on an approved form and in accordance with the regulations; and
(b)
any fee payable in respect of the application is paid.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 32
Certificate of registration or naturalization in case of
doubt

(1)
Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, upon application in accordance with the approved form, grant a certificate of Australian citizenship to a person with respect to whose status as an Australian citizen a doubt exists.

(2)
Before granting the certificate, the Minister may require that person to comply with such provisions of this Act as the Minister specifies.

(3)
A certificate granted under this section shall, unless it is proved that it was obtained by means of fraud, a false representation or the concealment of some material fact, be conclusive evidence that the person was an Australian citizen on the date of the certificate but without prejudice to any evidence that the person was an Australian citizen at an earlier date.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 33
Citizenship by incorporation of territory

(1)
If any territory becomes a part of Australia, the Governor-General may, by order published in the Gazette, declare that the persons included in such classes of persons as are specified in the order shall, as from such date as is so specified, become Australian citizens by reason of their connexion with that territory.

(2)
A person included in any such class shall, as from the date so specified, become an Australian Citizen.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 34
Posthumous children

(1)
A reference in this Act to the status or description of a parent of a person at the time of the person's birth shall, in the case of a parent who died before the birth of the person, be read as a reference to the status or description of the parent at the time of the parent's death.

(2)
Where the death of a parent of a person occurred prior to, and the birth of the person occurred after, the commencement of this section, the status or description that would have been applicable to the parent by virtue of subsection (1) if the parent had died after the commencement of the section shall be deemed to be the status or description applicable to the parent at the time of the death of the parent.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 36
Statement in support of application for certificate of Australian
citizenship

(1)
Subject to this section, an applicant for a certificate of Australian citizenship shall furnish, in support of the application, a statement in accordance with the approved form setting out:

(a)
the applicant's name, address and occupation;
(b)
the date and place of the applicant's birth; and
(c)
such other matters as are prescribed.
(2)
Where a matter required by subsection (1) to be set out in a statement by an applicant is not known to the applicant and cannot reasonably be ascertained by the applicant, that matter shall be taken to be sufficiently set out in the statement if the statement contains such information with respect to that matter as is known to the applicant.


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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 36A
Minister may arrange for use of computer programs to make
decisions etc.

(1)
The Minister may arrange for the use, under the Minister's control, of computer programs for any purposes for which the Minister may, or must, under this Act or the regulations:

(a)
make a decision; or
(b)
exercise any power, or comply with any obligation; or
(c)
do anything else related to making a decision, exercising a power, or complying with an obligation.
(2)
The Minister is taken to have:

(a)
made a decision; or
(b)
exercised a power, or complied with an obligation; or
(c)
done something else related to the making of a decision, the exercise of a power, or the compliance with an obligation;

that was made, exercised, complied with, or done (as the case requires) by the operation of a computer program under an arrangement made under subsection (1).

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 36B
Minister may substitute more favourable decisions for certain
computer-based decisions

(1)
The Minister may substitute a decision (the substituted decision) for a decision (the initial decision) made by the operation of a computer program under an arrangement made under subsection 36A(1) if:

(a)
a certificate under section 46B relates to the computer program and to the initial decision; and
(b)
the certificate states that the computer program was not functioning correctly; and
(c)
the substituted decision could have been made under the same provision of this Act or the regulations as the initial decision; and
(d)
the substituted decision is more favourable to the applicant.
(2)
The Minister does not have a duty to consider whether to exercise the power under subsection (1) in respect of any decision, whether he or she is requested to do so by the applicant or by any other person, or in any other circumstances.

(3)
Subsection (1) has effect despite:

(a)
any law of the Commonwealth; or
(b)
any rule of common law;

to the contrary effect.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 37
Delegation

(1)
The Minister may, either generally or as otherwise provided by the instrument of delegation, by writing signed by the Minister, delegate to a person (including the Secretary) all or any of the Minister's powers under this Act or the regulations, other than this power of delegation.

(2)
A power so delegated, when exercised by the delegate, shall, for the purposes of this Act or the regulations, be deemed to have been exercised by the Minister.

(3)
A delegation under this section does not prevent the exercise of a power by the Minister.


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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 41
Formalities regarding pledge of commitment

The Minister may make arrangements for a pledge of commitment referred to in section 15 to be made in public and to be accompanied by proceedings designed to impress upon applicants the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 42
Cancellation of certificates, returns of certificates
etc.

The Minister shall:

(a)
cancel all certificates of Australian citizenship the holders of which have been deprived of Australian citizenship;
(b)
cause to be made indexes of certificates of Australian citizenship; and
(d)
cause to be laid before both Houses of the Parliament as soon as practicable after 30 June in each year a return showing the number of persons who have, in the year ending on that 30 June, become Australian citizens by reason of the grant of certificates of Australian citizenship, their former nationality or citizenship, and the countries in which they ordinarily resided immediately before entering Australia.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 43
Evidence of declarations

A declaration made under this Act or under any other Act which was at any time in force in relation to nationality or naturalization may be proved in legal proceedings by the production of a copy of the original declaration certified by the Minister or by a person thereto authorized in writing by the Minister to be a true copy, and the production of the declaration or copy shall be prima facie evidence that the person therein named as declarant made the declaration on the date therein mentioned.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 44
Evidence of entries in registers

An entry in a register made under this Act or under any other Act which was at any time in force in relation to nationality or naturalization may be proved by a copy certified by the Minister or by a person thereto authorized in writing by the Minister, to be a true copy of the entry, and the copy of the entry shall be prima facie evidence of any matters authorized by or under this Act or any other such Act to be inserted in the register.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 44A
Evidence of Australian citizenship

(1)
In this section, unless the contrary intention appears:

authorized officer means an officer authorized by the Secretary to issue certificates under this section.

prescribed evidentiary certificate means:

(a)
a certificate issued under subsection (2); or
(b)
a certificate that was issued before the commencement of this section under subsection 11C(3) of the Citizenship Act 1948 or of that Act as amended.
(2)
Where the Secretary is satisfied that a person referred to in section 11B of the Citizenship Act 1948 had, before the commencement of this section, duly given a notice under section 11C of that Act or of that Act as amended and has not ceased to be an Australian citizen, the Secretary shall, on application by that person, cause an authorized officer to issue to that person an evidentiary certificate in relation to the Australian citizenship of that person.

(3)
An evidentiary certificate under this section shall certify that the person specified in the certificate is an Australian citizen.

(4)
Where the Secretary is satisfied that a person to whom a prescribed evidentiary certificate has been issued is not an Australian citizen, the Secretary may, by order in writing signed by the Secretary, revoke the certificate.

(5)
A prescribed evidentiary certificate is, unless the certificate is shown to have been revoked either before or after the commencement of this section, prima facie evidence that the person specified in the certificate is an Australian citizen.

(6)
The Secretary shall cancel all prescribed evidentiary certificates that are revoked after the commencement of this section.

(7)
An order under subsection (4) may be proved in legal proceedings by the production of a copy of the order together with a certificate signed by an authorized officer certifying the copy to be a true copy.

(8)
A prescribed evidentiary certificate, a certificate under subsection 11C(8) of the Citizenship Act 1948 or of that Act as amended or a certificate referred to in subsection (7) of this section is admissible in evidence in legal proceedings without proof of the signature of the person signing it or of the fact that the person signing it was entitled to sign it.


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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 45
Definition of certificate of naturalization for certain
purposes

For the purposes of sections 46, 46A, 47, 47A, 48 and 49, certificate of Australian citizenship includes a certificate of naturalization issued under an Act repealed by this Act or by any other Act or under a State Act or under an Ordinance of a Territory.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 46
Issue and proof of certificates of Australian
citizenship

(1)
A certificate of Australian citizenship granted under this Act may be issued by the Minister or by a person authorized in writing by the Minister to issue such certificates.

(2)
A document purporting to be a certificate of Australian citizenship, and purporting to bear the printed or stamped signature of the Minister and to be issued by the Minister or a person by authority of the Minister, shall, unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to be a certificate of Australian citizenship granted under this Act.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 46A
Evidentiary certificates

(1)
Where a person:

(a)
applies to the Secretary for an evidentiary certificate in relation to a certificate of Australian citizenship that has at any time been granted to a person specified in the application;
(b)
furnishes sufficient information to enable the Secretary to identify the official records relating to the grant of the certificate of Australian citizenship; and
(c)
pays the prescribed fee;

the Secretary shall, subject to subsection (1A), cause an authorized officer to issue to the applicant, so far as official records permit, an evidentiary certificate, in accordance with this section, in relation to the certificate of Australian citizenship.

(1A)
An applicant under subsection (1) is not entitled to be issued with an evidentiary certificate in relation to a certificate of Australian citizenship granted to a person specified in the application unless:

(a)
the applicant is, or is acting on behalf of:
(i)
the person so specified; or
(ii)
a person whose name was included in the certificate of Australian citizenship;
(b)
the evidentiary certificate is required by the applicant for purposes in connection with the operation of a law in force in a foreign country or a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory, including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, purposes in connection with an action or proceeding before a court, tribunal or authority; or
(c)
the authorized officer is satisfied that the applicant has some other legitimate reason for requiring the evidentiary certificate.
(2)
Subject to subsection (5), an evidentiary certificate under this section shall:

(a)
certify that a certificate of Australian citizenship was, on the date and under the law specified in the evidentiary certificate, granted to the person whose name is specified in the evidentiary certificate;
(b)
where the name of any other person was included in the certificate of Australian citizenship, certify accordingly;
(c)
contain such further particulars as appear from official records to have been contained in the certificate of Australian citizenship, and certify that, according to official records, it appears that the certificate of Australian citizenship included those particulars;
(d)
where it is appropriate to do so, certify that official records show that the person to whom a certificate of Australian citizenship was granted duly took an oath, or made an affirmation, of allegiance, on a specified date, in accordance with the law under which that certificate was granted; and
(e)
if it is appropriate to do so, certify that official records show that the person to whom a certificate of Australian citizenship was granted duly made a pledge of commitment on a specified date in accordance with the law under which that certificate was granted.

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(3)
An authorized officer may include in an evidentiary certificate issued under this section a statement, in accordance with official records, relating to any amendment or cancellation of the certificate of Australian citizenship, or the making or registration of any order or declaration, either under this Act or a previous law of the Commonwealth, affecting the nationality or citizenship of a person referred to in the certificate of Australian citizenship.

(4)
An evidentiary certificate under this section is prima facie evidence:

(a)
of the matters certified in accordance with paragraphs (2)(a) and (b);
(b)
of the fact that the particulars set out in accordance with paragraph (2)(c) were contained in the certificate of Australian citizenship;
(c)
of any matter certified in accordance with paragraph (2)(d) and of the correctness of the official records relating to the oath or affirmation;
(ca)
of any matter certified in accordance with paragraph (2)(e) and of the correctness of the official records relating to the pledge of commitment; and
(d)
of any matter stated in the certificate in accordance with subsection (3).
(5)
Particulars referred to in paragraph (2)(c), other than particulars relating to the former nationality or citizenship of the person to whom the certificate of Australian citizenship was granted, shall not be included in an evidentiary certificate under this section unless the authorized officer is satisfied that:

(a)
the evidentiary certificate is required by the person to whom the certificate of Australian citizenship was granted, or a person whose name was included in the certificate of Australian citizenship;
(b)
the evidentiary certificate is required for the purpose of pending legal proceedings in which evidence of the grant of the certificate of Australian citizenship will be relevant and the inclusion of those particulars is necessary for the purpose of those proceedings; or
(c)
there are other special circumstances that justify the inclusion of those particulars.
(6)
An order under this Act may be proved in legal proceedings by the production of a copy of the order, together with a certificate signed by an authorized officer certifying the copy to be a true copy.

(7)
An evidentiary certificate under this section or a certificate under subsection (6) is admissible in evidence in legal proceedings without proof of the signature of the person signing it or of the fact that he or she was an authorized officer.

(8)
In this section, authorized officer means an officer authorized, in writing, by the Secretary to issue certificates under this section.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 46B
Evidence of whether computer program is functioning
correctly

(1)
In citizenship proceedings, a certificate signed by an officer stating whether or not a specified computer program was functioning correctly:

(a)
at a specified time or during a specified period; and
(b)
in relation to specified outcomes from the operation of that program under an arrangement made under subsection 36A(1);

is prima facie evidence of the matters stated in the certificate.

(2)
For the purposes of this section, a computer program is functioning correctly if:

(a)
outcomes from its operation comply with this Act and the regulations; and
(b)
those outcomes would be valid if they were made by the Minister otherwise than by the operation of the computer program.

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(3)
In this section:

citizenship proceedings means:

(a)
proceedings in a court (including criminal proceedings) that relate to this Act (including an offence against this Act); or
(b)
proceedings that relate to an application for review under section 52A.
officer means:

(a)
an officer of the Department; or
(b)
a person authorised in writing by the Minister to issue certificates under this section; or
(c)
any person who is included in a class of persons authorised in writing by the Minister to issue certificates under this section, including a person who becomes a member of the class after the authorisation is given.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 47
Amendment of certificates

(1)
Where the Minister is satisfied that it is desirable for any reason that a certificate of Australian citizenship should be amended, the Minister may amend the certificate.

(2)
A certificate that has been amended in pursuance of this section shall be of effect as so amended.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 47A
Replacement certificates

Where the Minister proposes to amend a certificate of Australian citizenship (in this section referred to as the original certificate) under section 47, not being an amendment including the name of a person in, or omitting the name of a person from, the original certificate, the Minister may, in the Minister's discretion, in lieu of so amending the original certificate, upon surrender of the original certificate to the Minister, grant and issue a further certificate of Australian citizenship (in this section referred to as the replacement certificate) in which that amendment has been incorporated and thereupon the replacement certificate has effect for all purposes of this Act as if it had been granted and issued at the same time as the original certificate and the original certificate had not been granted.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 48
Surrender of certificates

(1)
Where an order is made under this Act depriving a person of Australian citizenship:

(a)
if that person is an Australian citizen by virtue of a certificate of Australian citizenship granted to that person—that person shall, upon demand in writing by the Minister, surrender that certificate to the Minister for cancellation; and
(b)
if that person is an Australian citizen by reason of the inclusion of his or her name in a certificate of Australian citizenship granted to another person—that other person shall, upon demand in writing by the Minister, surrender that certificate to the Minister to enable the Minister to amend that certificate under section 47.
(2)
Where an order is made under subsection 44A(4) revoking an evidentiary certificate issued to a person under section 44A, the person shall, upon demand in writing by the Secretary, surrender the certificate to the Secretary for cancellation.

(3)
A person who, without reasonable excuse, contravenes subsection (1) or (2) is guilty of an offence punishable on conviction by a fine not exceeding $1,000.


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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 49
Offence to alter certificate

A person shall not alter, or cause or permit to be altered, a certificate of Australian citizenship.

Penalty: $2,000 or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 50
False representations etc.

(1)
A person shall not, for a purpose of or in relation to this Act:

(a)
make, or cause or permit to be made, a representation or statement that is, to the knowledge of the person, false or misleading in a material particular; or
(b)
conceal, or cause or permit to be concealed, a material circumstance.

Penalty: 12 months imprisonment.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 52
Provisions of this Act to be exclusive of State laws

The provisions of this Act shall apply to the exclusion of any provisions, providing for Australian citizenship, of any law of a State, whether the law was passed or made before or after the commencement of this section.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 52A
Review of decisions

(1)
Applications may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the following decisions:

(aaaa)
decisions of the Minister under subsection 10B(1A) that the Minister is not satisfied that a person is of good character;
(aaa)
decisions of the Minister under section 10C refusing an application for registration;
(aa)
decisions of the Minister that the Minister is not satisfied as to the matters referred to in subsection 11(3);
(a)
decisions of the Minister under section 13 or subsection 23D(1) refusing an application;
(ab)
decisions of the Minister under section 14B revoking the grant of a certificate;
(b)
decisions of the Minister under section 18 other than decisions under subsection 18(5);
(c)
decisions of the Minister under subsection 21(1) or 23(2) or section 47;
(d)
decisions of the Minister, the Secretary, or a person authorized by the Secretary for the purposes of section 23A or 23B, under that section;
(e)
decisions of the Minister under subsection 23AA(1) refusing to register a declaration or under subsection 23AA(2) refusing to include the name of a child in a declaration;
(ea)
decisions of the Minister under subsection 23AB(1) refusing to register a declaration or under subsection 23AB(3) refusing to include the name of a child in a declaration;
(f)
decisions of the Minister that the Minister is satisfied as to the matters referred to in subsection 23D(1A).
(2)
A person is not entitled to make an application under subsection (1) for review of a decision under section 13 (other than paragraph 13(9)(a) or (b)) unless the person is a permanent resident.

(3)
In this section, decision has the same meaning as in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 52B
Statement to accompany notification of decisions

(1)
Where the Minister or a delegate of a Minister makes a decision of the kind referred to in section 52A and gives, or causes to be given, to a person or persons whose interests are affected by the decision notice in writing of the decision, that notice shall include a statement to the effect that, subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 and to subsection 52A(2) of this Act, application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the decision to which the notice relates by or on behalf of a person or persons whose interests are affected by the decision.

(2)
Any failure to comply with the requirements of subsection (1) in relation to a decision does not affect the validity of the decision.


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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
- SECT 53
Regulations

The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters which by this Act are required or permitted to be prescribed, or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act, and, in particular, for or in relation to:

(a)
the time within which anything required or authorized to be done under this Act shall be done;
(b)
the registration of anything required or authorized under this Act to be registered;
(c)
the making of a pledge of commitment for the purposes of this Act;
(d)
the giving of any notice which under this Act is required or authorized to be given to any person;
(f)
the imposition and recovery of fees in respect of:
(i)
any application under this Act;
(ii)
any registration, the making of any declaration, the grant of any certificate or the making of a pledge of commitment authorized to be made or granted under this Act; and
(iii)
the supplying of a certified or other copy of any declaration, certificate or oath made, granted or taken under this Act;
(fa)
the remission, refund or waiver of fees of a kind referred to in paragraph (f) or the exemption of persons from the payment of such fees;
(g)
the issue of certificates declaratory of the Australian citizenship of persons who are Australian citizens;
(h)
the conditions upon which persons may render, for reward, services in respect of applications under this Act including the charges which may be made in respect of any such service;
(j)
the imposition of penalties not exceeding a fine of $1,000 for any offence against the regulations; and
(k)
the investing of any court of a State with federal jurisdiction to order reparation for loss suffered by reason of any offence against this Act or the regulations.

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT 1948
Schedule 2—Pledge of commitment as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia

Section 15

FORM OF PLEDGE NO. 1

From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.
FORM OF PLEDGE NO. 2

From this time forward,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.

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Notes to the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

Note 1

The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 83, 1948 amended as indicated in the Tables below.
All relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions prior to 11 December 1998 is not included in this compilation. For subsequent information see Table A.

Table of Acts

Act


Number
and year


Date
of Assent


Date of commencement


Application, saving or transitional provisions


Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948


83, 1948


21 Dec 1948


26 Jan 1949 (see Gazette 1949,
p. 197)



Nationality and Citizenship Act 1950


58, 1950


14 Dec 1950


14 Dec 1950



Nationality and Citizenship Act 1952


70, 1952


1 Nov 1952


29 Nov 1952



Nationality and Citizenship Act 1953


85, 1953


11 Dec 1953


8 Jan 1954


S. 7(2)


Nationality and Citizenship Act 1955


1, 1955


11 May 1955


11 May 1955


Ss. 5(2) and 8(2)


Nationality and Citizenship Act 1958


63, 1958


8 Oct 1958


S. 9: 1 June 1959 (see s. 2(2) and Gazette 1959,
p. 1831)
Remainder: Royal Assent


S. 4(2)


Nationality and Citizenship Act 1959


79, 1959


1 Dec 1959


1 Dec 1959


S. 4(2)


Nationality and Citizenship Act 1960


82, 1960


13 Dec 1960


13 Dec 1960



Nationality and Citizenship Act 1966


11, 1966


6 May 1966


6 May 1966


Ss. 3(2) and 4(2)


Nationality and Citizenship Act 1967


11, 1967


26 Apr 1967


24 May 1967



Citizenship Act 1969


22, 1969


4 June 1969


Ss. 3, 4(a), 5(a), (b), 6, 15-17 and 21: 20 Feb 1973 (see Gazette 1973, No. 20, p. 3)
Ss. 4(b), 7, 8, 12(b), 18, 19 and 22: 1 May 1970 (see Gazette 1970, p. 2756)
Remainder: Royal Assent


Ss. 16(2), 17(2), (3) and 23


Australian Citizenship Act 1973


99, 1973


17 Sept 1973


Ss. 1, 2 and 22: Royal Assent
Ss. 3(1), 7, 14, 15(2) and 17: 1 June 1974
Remainder: 1 Dec 1973 (see Gazette 1973, No. 140)


Ss. 21 and 22


Statute Law Revision Act 1973


216, 1973


19 Dec 1973


31 Dec 1973


Ss. 9(1) and 10


as amended by






Statute Law Revision Act 1974


20, 1974


25 July 1974


31 Dec 1973



Administrative Changes (Consequential Provisions) Act 1976


91, 1976


20 Sept 1976


S. 3: (a)


S. 4


Statute Law Revision Act 1981


61, 1981


12 June 1981


S. 115: Royal Assent (b)



Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act
(No. 2) 1982


80, 1982


22 Sept 1982


Part LXXVII
(s. 280): Royal Assent (c)


S. 280(2) and (3)


Migration (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 1983


84, 1983


14 Nov 1983


Part II (ss. 3 and 4): 2 Apr 1984 (see Gazette 1984, No. S119) (d)



Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1984


129, 1984


25 Oct 1984


Ss. 3, 4(2), 7, 22, 33, 34 and 37: 1 May 1987 (see Gazette 1987, No. S68)
Remainder: 22 Nov 1984


Ss. 26(2) and 39


as amended by






Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985


65, 1985


5 June 1985


S. 3: 22 Nov 1984 (e)



Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985


65, 1985


5 June 1985


S. 3: 3 July 1985 (f)



Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1986


70, 1986


24 June 1986


20 Aug 1986 (see Gazette 1986, No. S401)


Ss. 7(2) and 8(2)


Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Consequential Amendments) Act 1987


86, 1987


5 June 1987


S. 3: (g)
Remainder: Royal Assent



Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1987


141, 1987


18 Dec 1987


S. 3: Royal Assent (h)


S. 5(1)


Migration Legislation Amendment Act 1989


59, 1989


19 June 1989


S. 38: 19 Dec 1989 (j)



Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1990


105, 1990


18 Dec 1990


18 June 1991



Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1991


195, 1991


18 Dec 1991


15 Jan 1992



Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1993


71, 1993


25 Nov 1993


24 Jan 1994


Ss. 9 and 10


Migration Legislation Amendment Act 1994


60, 1994


9 Apr 1994


S. 85: (k)



Family Law Reform (Consequential Amendments) Act 1995


140, 1995


12 Dec 1995


Schedule 1 (items 1, 2): 11 June 1996 (see Gazette 1996, GN5) (l)



Statute Law Revision Act 1996


43, 1996


25 Oct 1996


Schedule 2 (item 17): (m)
Schedule 5 (items 20, 21): Royal Assent (m)



Migration Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997


27, 1997


10 Apr 1997


Schedule 1: 1 May 1997 (see Gazette 1997, No. S168)
Remainder: Royal Assent



Migration Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1998


113, 1998


11 Dec 1998


Schedule 7: 1 Mar 1999 (see Gazette 1999, No. S51) (n)


Sch. 7 (item 3) [see Table A]


Federal Magistrates (Consequential Amendments) Act 1999


194, 1999


23 Dec 1999


Schedule 6: 23 Dec 1999 (o)



Criminal Code Amendment (Theft, Fraud, Bribery and Related Offences) Act 2000


137, 2000


24 Nov 2000


Ss. 1-3 and Schedule 1 (items 1, 4, 6, 7, 9-11, 32): Royal Assent
Remainder: 24 May 2001


Sch. 2 (items 418, 419) [see Table A]


Migration Legislation Amendment (Electronic Transactions and Methods of Notification) Act 2001


58, 2001


28 June 2001


Schedule 1 (items 1-15) and Schedule 2 (items 1, 2): 10 Aug 2001 (see Gazette 2001, No. GN31) (p)



Migration Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001


97, 2001


22 Aug 2001


19 Sept 2001


S. 4 [see Table A]


Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment Act 2002


5, 2002


4 Apr 2002


Schedule 2: 1 July 2002 (see Gazette 2002, No. GN18)
Remainder: Royal Assent


Sch. 1 (item 4) and Sch. 2 (items
36-44) [see Table A]


(a)

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The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by section 3 only of the Administrative Changes (Consequential Provisions) Act 1976, subsection 2(7) of which provides as follows:

(7) The amendments of each other Act specified in the Schedule made by this Act shall be deemed to have come into operation on 22 December 1975.

(b) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by section 115 only of the Statute Law Revision Act 1981, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

(1) Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(c) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by Part LXXVII (section 280) only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (No. 2) 1982, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

(1) Sections 1, 2, 166 and 195 and Parts III, VI, VII, XVI, XXXVI, XLIV, LI, LIII, LIV, LXI and LXXVII shall come into operation on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(d) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by Part II (sections 3 and 4) only of the Migration (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 1983, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

(1) Subject to subsection (2), this Act shall come into operation on the day on which the Migration Amendment Act 1983 comes into operation.

(e) The Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1984 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985, subsection 2(6) of which provides as follows:

(6) The amendment of the Australian Citizenship Amendment Act 1984 made by this Act shall be deemed to have come into operation immediately after the commencement of section 38 of that first-mentioned Act.

(f) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No. 1) 1985, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

(1) Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the twenty-eighth day after the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(g) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by section 3 only of the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Consequential Amendments) Act 1987, subsection 2(2) of which provides as follows:

(2) The amendments made by this Act shall come into operation on a day or days to be fixed by Proclamation.

In pursuance of subsection 2(2), the date of commencement was 1 August 1988 (see Gazette 1988, No. S225).
(h) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by section 3 only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1987, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

(1) Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

(j) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by section 38 only of the Migration Legislation Amendment Act 1989, subsection 2(5) of which provides as follows:

(5) If a provision of this Act (other than section 1, 2 or 35 or Part 3) has not commenced within the period of 6 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, that provision commences on the first day after the end of that period.

(k) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by section 85 only of the Migration Legislation Amendment Act 1994, subsection 2(3) of which provides as follows:

(3) The remaining provisions of this Act commence immediately after the commencement of section 3 of the Migration Reform Act 1992.

Section 3 commenced on 1 September 1994.
(l) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by Schedule 1 (items 1 and 2) only of the Family Law Reform (Consequential Amendments) Act 1995, subsection 2(2) of which provides as follows:

(2) The amendments made by Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10 of Schedule 1 commence on the commencement of section 31 of the Family Law Reform Act 1995.

(m) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by Schedule 2 (item 17) and Schedule 5 (items 20 and 21) only of the Statute Law Revision Act 1996, subsections 2(1) and (2) of which provide as follows:

(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), this Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.
(2) Each item in Schedule 2 commences or is taken to have commenced (as the case requires) at the time specified in the note at the end of the item.

Item 17 is taken to have commenced immediately after the commencement of Schedule 3 to the Migration Legislation Amendment Act 1994.
Schedule 3 commenced on 1 September 1994.
(n) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by Schedule 7 only of the Migration Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1998, subsection 2(2) which provides as follows:

(2) Subject to subsection (3), Schedules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 commence on a day or days to be fixed by Proclamation.

(o) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by

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Schedule 6 only of the Federal Magistrates (Consequential Amendments) Act 1999, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

(1) Subject to this section, this Act commences on the commencement of the Federal Magistrates Act 1999.

(p) The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 was amended by Schedule 1 (items 1-15) and Schedule 2 (items 1 and 2) only of the Migration Legislation Amendment (Electronic Transactions and Methods of Notification) Act 2001, subsection 2(1) of which provides as follows:

(1) Subject to this section, this Act commences on a day to be fixed by Proclamation.

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted am. = amended rep. = repealed rs. = repealed and substituted


Provision affected


How affected


Preamble


ad. No. 71, 1993


Title


am. No. 22, 1969; No. 129, 1984


S. 1


am. No. 22, 1969; No. 129, 1984


S. 3


am. No. 99, 1973



rep. No. 216, 1973



ad. No. 97, 2001


S. 4


rs. No. 63, 1958



am. No. 22, 1969; No. 99, 1973



rep. No. 216, 1973


S. 5


am. No. 58, 1950; No. 85, 1953; No. 63, 1958; No. 11, 1966; No. 11, 1967; No. 22, 1969; No. 99, 1973; No. 216, 1973 (as am. by No. 20, 1974); No. 91, 1976; No. 80, 1982; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986; No. 141, 1987; No. 59, 1989; No. 60, 1994; No. 140, 1995; No. 58, 2001; No. 5, 2002


S. 5A


ad. No. 129, 1984



am. No. 70, 1986; No. 86, 1987; No. 141, 1987; No. 59, 1989; No. 195, 1991; No. 60, 1994


S. 6


am. No. 216, 1973


Part II
(ss. 7-9)


rs. No. 22, 1969


Part II
(ss. 7, 8, 8A, 9)


rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 7


am. No. 1, 1955; No. 63, 1958; No. 79, 1959



rs. No. 22, 1969



am. No. 99, 1973



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 8


rs. No. 22, 1969



am. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 8A


ad. No. 99, 1973



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 9


rs. No. 22, 1969



am. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984



rep. No. 129, 1984


Heading to Div. 1 of Part III


am. No. 129, 1984


S. 10


am. No. 11, 1966; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986; No. 59, 1989


S. 10A


ad. No. 129, 1984



am. No. 70, 1986


S. 10B


ad. No. 129, 1984



am. No. 70, 1986; No. 59, 1989; No. 105, 1990; No. 195, 1991; No. 60, 1994; No. 5, 2002


Heading to s. 10C


am. No. 5, 2002


S. 10C


ad. No. 195, 1991



am. No. 58, 2001


S. 11


am. No. 79, 1959; No. 11, 1966



rs. No. 22, 1969



am. No. 99, 1973



rep. No. 129, 1984



ad. No. 105, 1990



am. No. 195, 1991; No. 58, 2001


Div. 1A of Part III
(ss. 11A-11C)


ad. No. 22, 1969
rep. No. 99, 1973


Ss. 11A-11C


ad. No. 22, 1969



rep. No. 99, 1973


Div. 2 of Part III
(ss. 12, 13)


rep. No. 99, 1973


Div. 2 of Part III
(ss. 12-15)


ad. No. 99, 1973


S. 12


am. No. 85, 1953; No. 1, 1955; No. 11, 1967; No. 22, 1969



rs. No. 99, 1973


S. 13


am. No. 22, 1969



rs. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984



am. No. 70, 1986; No. 86, 1987; No. 59, 1989; No. 105, 1990; No. 60, 1994; No. 43, 1996; No. 58, 2001; No. 5, 2002


Div. 3 of Part III
(ss. 14-16)


rep. No. 99, 1973


S. 14


am. No. 58, 1950; No. 85, 1953



rs. No. 1, 1955



am. No. 22, 1969



rs. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984



am. No. 70, 1986; No. 60, 1994; No. 58, 2001


S. 14A


ad. No. 60, 1994



am. No. 58, 2001; No. 5, 2002


Ss. 14B, 14C


ad. No. 5, 2002


S. 15


am. No. 58, 1950; No. 70, 1952; No. 85, 1953; No. 1, 1955; No. 79, 1959; No. 11, 1966; No. 11, 1967; No. 22, 1969



rs. No. 99, 1973



am. No. 129, 1984; No. 65, 1985; No. 70, 1986; No. 71, 1993; No. 194, 1999; No. 5, 2002


S. 16


am. No. 70, 1952; No. 85, 1953; No. 11, 1966; No. 22, 1969



rep. No. 99, 1973


S. 17


rs. No. 129, 1984



rep. No. 5, 2002


S. 18


am. No. 22, 1969; No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986


S. 19


am. No. 129, 1984


S. 20


rep. No. 63, 1958


S. 21


rs. No. 63, 1958



am. No. 22, 1969; No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986; No. 43, 1996; No. 27, 1997; No. 137, 2000; No. 58, 2001


Note to s. 21(1)


ad. No. 5, 2002


S. 22


rep. No. 63, 1958


S. 23


rs. No. 63, 1958



am. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986; No. 58, 2001; No. 5, 2002


S. 23AA


ad. No. 129, 1984



rs. No. 70, 1986



am. No. 59, 1989; No. 60, 1994; No. 5, 2002


S. 23AB


ad. No. 5, 2002


S. 23A


ad. No. 63, 1958



am. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986


S. 23B


ad. No. 63, 1958



am. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986; No. 5, 2002


Div. 5 of Part III
(s. 23C)


ad. No. 22, 1969


S. 23C


ad. No. 22, 1969



am. No. 70, 1986


S. 23D


ad. No. 99, 1973



am. No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986; No. 58, 2001; No. 5, 2002


Part IV
(ss. 24-26, 26A, 27-30)


rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 24


rs. No. 22, 1969



am. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 25


am. No. 85, 1953; No. 1, 1955; No. 63, 1958; No. 11, 1966; No. 22, 1969; No. 99, 1973; No. 84, 1983; No. 129, 1984 (as am. by No. 65, 1985)



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 26


rs. No. 22, 1969



am. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 26A


ad. No. 11, 1966



rs. No. 22, 1969



am. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 27


rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 28


am. No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 29


am. No. 1, 1955; No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 30


am. No. 63, 1958; No. 22, 1969; No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 31


rep. No. 1, 1955



ad. No. 105, 1990


S. 32


am. No. 85, 1953; No. 22, 1969; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986


S. 34


am. No. 11, 1966



rs. No. 129, 1984


S. 35


rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 36


am. No. 58, 1950; No. 70, 1952; No. 1, 1955



rs. No. 82, 1960



am. No. 22, 1969; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986


Ss. 36A, 36B


ad. No. 58, 2001


S. 37


am. No. 1, 1955; No. 22, 1969



rs. No. 129, 1984



am. No. 70, 1986


S. 38


am. No. 22, 1969



rep. No. 129, 1984


Ss. 39, 40


rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 40A


ad. No. 1, 1955



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 41


rs. No. 85, 1953



am. No. 99, 1973; No. 61, 1981; No. 71, 1993


S. 42


am. No. 79, 1959; No. 22, 1969; No. 129, 1984


Ss. 43, 44


am. No. 99, 1973


S. 44A


ad. No. 99, 1973



am. No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986


S. 45


am. No. 79, 1959; No. 22, 1969; No. 216, 1973; No. 129, 1984


S. 46


rs. No. 1, 1955



am. No. 79, 1959; No. 22, 1969; No. 129, 1984


S. 46A


ad. No. 79, 1959



am. No. 22, 1969; No. 99, 1973; No. 129, 1984; No. 71, 1993; No. 43, 1996


S. 46B


ad. No. 58, 2001


S. 47


am. No. 79, 1959; No. 22, 1969; No. 70, 1986


S. 47A


ad. No. 129, 1984



am. No. 70, 1986


S. 48


am. No. 70, 1952; No. 11, 1966; No. 22, 1969



rs. No. 129, 1984



am. No. 70, 1986


S. 48A


ad. No. 22, 1969



am. No. 99, 1973



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 49


am. No. 11, 1966; No. 22, 1969



rs. No. 129, 1984



am. No. 97, 2001


S. 50


rs. No. 63, 1958



am. No. 11, 1966; No. 22, 1969; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986; No. 27, 1997; No. 113, 1998


S. 51


rs. No. 22, 1969



am. No. 99, 1973



rep. No. 129, 1984


S. 52


am. No. 129, 1984


S. 52A


ad. No. 129, 1984



am. No. 70, 1986; No. 105, 1990; No. 195, 1991; No. 60, 1994; No. 5, 2002


S. 52B


ad. No. 129, 1984


S. 53


am. No. 85, 1953; No. 11, 1966; No. 129, 1984; No. 70, 1986; No. 71, 1993


Heading to The Schedules


rep. No. 216, 1973


First Schedule


rep. No. 216, 1973


Second Schedule


rs. No. 85, 1953



am. No. 11, 1966



rep. No. 99, 1973


Schedule 2


ad. No. 99, 1973



am. No. 70, 1986



rs. No. 71, 1993


Third Schedule


ad. No. 11, 1966



rep. No. 99, 1973


Schedule 3


ad. No. 99, 1973



rep. No. 129, 1984



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Table A

Table A

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Migration Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 1998 (No. 113, 1998)

Schedule 7

3 Application

The amendments made by this Schedule apply to acts or omissions after the commencement of this Schedule.

Criminal Code Amendment (Theft, Fraud, Bribery and Related Offences) Act 2000 (No. 137, 2000)

Schedule 2
418 Transitional—pre-commencement offences

(1) Despite the amendment or repeal of a provision by this Schedule, that provision continues to apply, after the commencement of this item, in relation to:

(a)
an offence committed before the commencement of this item; or
(b)
proceedings for an offence alleged to have been committed before the commencement of this item; or
(c)
any matter connected with, or arising out of, such proceedings;

as if the amendment or repeal had not been made.

(2) Subitem (1) does not limit the operation of section 8 of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

419 Transitional—pre-commencement notices

If:

(a)
a provision in force immediately before the commencement of this item required that a notice set out the effect of one or more other provisions; and
(b)
any or all of those other provisions are repealed by this Schedule; and
(c)
the first-mentioned provision is amended by this Schedule;

the amendment of the first-mentioned provision by this Schedule does not affect the validity of such a notice that was given before the commencement of this item.

Migration Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001 (No. 97, 2001)

4 Application of amendments
(1)
Each amendment made by this Act applies to acts and omissions that take place after the amendment commences.

(2)
For the purposes of this section, if an act or omission is alleged to have taken place between 2 dates, one before and one on or after the day on which a particular amendment commences, the act or omission is alleged to have taken place before the amendment commences.

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment Act 2002 (No. 5, 2002)

Schedule 1
4 Application of amendment—section 17 of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

The repeal of section 17 of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 by this Schedule applies to an acquisition of nationality or citizenship of a foreign country, where the acquisition occurs after the commencement of this item.

Schedule 2
36 Application of amendments—sections 10B and 23D of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

The amendments of sections 10B and 23D of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 made by this Schedule apply in relation to the registration of the name of a person if the application for registration was made after the commencement of this item.

37 Application of amendment—subsection 13(3A) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

Subsection 13(3A) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 applies in relation to the grant of a certificate of Australian citizenship if the application for the grant was made after the commencement of this item.

38 Application of amendments—inclusion of name of child in a certificate of Australian citizenship

(1) This item applies if, before the commencement of this item, a decision

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was made to include the name of a child in a certificate of Australian citizenship under subsection 13(10) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948.
(2) Despite the amendments made by items 7, 9, 18 and 22 of this Schedule, the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 continues to apply, in relation to the inclusion of the name of the child in the certificate, as if those amendments had not been made.

39 Transitional—inclusion of name of child in a certificate of Australian citizenship

(1) For the purposes of this item, an application for the inclusion of the name of a child in a certificate of Australian citizenship is a pending application if:

(a)
the application was made under subsection 13(10) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 before the commencement of this item; and
(b)
the application was not withdrawn before that commencement; and
(c)
no decision on the application was made before that commencement.

(2) If:

(a)
the certificate had not been granted before the commencement of this item; and
(b)
the applicant for the certificate is a responsible parent of the child;

the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 has effect, in relation to the pending application, as if:

(c)
the pending application were an application under subsection 13(9B) of that Act for the grant of a certificate of Australian citizenship to the child; and
(d)
the pending application had been set out in the same document as the application for the certificate; and
(e)
the responsible parent were the responsible parent mentioned in subsection 13(9B) of that Act.

(3) If:

(a)
the certificate had already been granted before the commencement of this item; and
(b)
the grantee of the certificate is a responsible parent of the child;

the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 has effect, in relation to the pending application, as if the pending application were an application under subsection 13(9E) of that Act for the grant of a certificate of Australian citizenship to the child.

40 Application of amendment—paragraph 13(11)(ca) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

Paragraph 13(11)(ca) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 applies in relation to the grant of a certificate of Australian citizenship if the application for the grant was made after the commencement of this item.

41 Application of amendments—paragraphs 13(11)(d) and (e) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

The amendments of paragraphs 13(11)(d) and (e) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 made by this Schedule apply in relation to the grant of a certificate of Australian citizenship if the application for the grant was made after the commencement of this item.

42 Application of amendments—section 23AA of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

The amendments of section 23AA of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 made by this Schedule apply in relation to the registration of a declaration if the declaration was given to the Minister after the commencement of this item.

43 Application of amendment—section 23B of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

The amendment of section 23B of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 made by this Schedule applies in relation to the registration of a declaration if the declaration was given to the Secretary, or to a person authorised by the Secretary, after the commencement of this item.

44 Transitional—subsection 23B(2) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948

(1) This item applies to regulations if:

(a)
the regulations were made for the purposes of subsection 23B(2) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948; and
(b)
the regulations were in force immediately before the commencement of this item.

(2) The regulations have effect, after the commencement of this item, as if they had been made for the purposes of subsection 23B(2) of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948 as amended by this Schedule.