Australian Citizenship Our Common Bond

The Australian citizenship test is based on the resource book Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond from a pool of 200 questions only 20 are selected for each test. But what is the test about? What is relevant or not in the resource book? Not the totality of the resource book is testable material so we are going to focus in the first three parts of the resource book. The main idea for the citizenship test I to prepare the future citizens to face their new responsibilities as citizens and help them get involved with Australia. Lets review the book sections and the relevant information in each of them.

Australia and It’s People

The guide Starts with a quick overview of the pledge and oath of commitment you will be having in your citizenship ceremony. After this a quick walk through the founding of Australia as a nation, make note of the Australian population, 22 million. It is important for you to learn each state and capital city from Australia, take notes about the characteristics that differentiate them.

The section follows with the Australian Day (26 January) and the Anzac Day (25 April). The first commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain in 1788 to set up a convict settlement for the British Government. The second remembers the sacrifice of all Australians who served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Anzac Day is named after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, which landed at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I on 25 April 1915.
Australian symbols are very important for the test, this includes the different Australian Flags, the Commonwealth coat of Arms, The national flower, colors and gemstone and their meaning to finally quote the National Anthem.

Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights and liberties

This chapter is dedicated to the governmental structure, rights and responsibilities of Australian citizens. Pay extra attention to this section since is rich in details and is one of the most important aspects of the Australian citizenship test.
Starting with the form of government, Parliamentary democracy, to the equality rights and freedom in Australia. The Responsibilities and Privileges of Australian citizenship section is one of the most important of the chapter and the most likely to be tested. Learn the privileges and responsibilities, the voting system is of the most importance. The section ends with a quick review in how a citizen can participate in the Australian society as a volunteer in your neighborhood, paying taxes, cultural organizations and so on.

Government and the law in Australia

This chapter explains in depth the different governmental figures and how they protect Australia. There is a quick review of the Federation and the constitution that includes extra information about the right to vote. The division in the three electoral powers, the legislative, the executive and the judicial. The head of state, the Queen Elizabeth II, the governor general, the prime minister and so on.It goes deep in each government position and how it is elected, it explains the limits of each power and what they do for the Australian nation.
There is a section dedicated to Judicial power and the making of laws that includes how the police works. Pay extra attention to the section named “What do the three levels of government do?” where the scope of each level of government is explained.
It is important that the candidate understands that the last two chapters are vital for the Australian government. There is nothing more important that not have a fully knowledgeable and active civic citizen. These two sections prepare you for that exact end and are the most testable in the citizenship test.
With this quick overview you know have an idea on what the test is really about. Remember is a multiple choice exam with 20 questions and a 75% passing score. It can be taken as many times needed to achieve passing grade and that a failure would not affect your PR status at any level. Good luck in your test!


  • Jasmin September 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Great!!!!!! Helps helps helps.

    It makes the test sound very easy!

  • BucketPaper September 10, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Liked it, thanks!

  • Ananda Patel September 10, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Thanks for the guide review. It helps a lot to see which are the most important subjects. Great work!!!!

  • MonkeyAthens September 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Cool article. Keep up the good work!

  • ChandraKeopel September 14, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    T H A N K Y O U!!!! This is great work!!!!
    I found this just by chance I didn’t dare to see the material until I was around the date to be called for the test. Somehow I was afraid it might be just too much. I have a pretty nice idea. I guess I will start reading it now.


  • Cherry(L)Pie September 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

    These are the type of articles you should be putting here. More realistic and practical that the opinion ones. This one is for sure a great help for the people that is getting ready for the test. I guess that it would be cool to have a more detailed one.

    Thanks, Carmen 😉

  • MartinPurr September 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    This one is solid Gold. It is a great review of the content. I realize is not that much volume of it at all. I feel much better with the test now.

    Thanks to the writer!

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