Citizenship changes back in limelight
The Australian Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill of 2018 is now on its second reading out of three readings. If there are no disagreements between the Houses, the legislation amendment will finally pass and will be presented to the Governor-General for assent and it may come into effect immediately.
The table below shows the points of comparison from current and proposed amendments for Australian citizenship (by conferral) requirements:
POINTS OF COMPARISON
(subject to change)
English Qualification Requirement
Demonstration of Integration
Pledge of Allegiance
As being said that, the government was once wanted the Citizenship Reform to take effect from 01 July 2018.
However, the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs said in one of his media interview that the government is still assessing the English proficiency test from 5 bands IELTS score to Conversational English instead, and working on the details of the revised legislation and proposed amendments may take place at any time.