Evidence of citizenship of a parent includes:

  • Australian passport issued to a parent born in Australia before 20 August 1986, with at least 2 years validity, on or after 20 August 1986 and valid at the time of the applicant’s birth; or

  • full Australian birth certificate for a parent born in Australia before 20 August 1986; or

  • Australian citizenship certificate for a parent issued prior to the birth of the applicant.

  • one of the applicant’s parents was born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 and neither parent has held an Australian passport issued with at least 2 years validity on or after 1 January 2000, the applicant will need to be referred to DIAC for evidence of citizenship.

    If neither parent was an Australian citizen at the time of the applicant’s birth, evidence of permanent residence status for either parent may be confirmed by a permanent entry permit in their foreign passport valid at the time of the applicant’s birth. See ‘ Permanent resident ’ or evidence from DIAC.

    If neither parent was born in Australia, had not acquired Australian citizenship or was not a Permanent Resident at the time of the applicant’s birth and the applicant believes they were ordinarily resident* in Australia for the first 10 years of their life, the applicant will need to be referred to DIAC for evidence of citizenship.

    In cases where the applicant is unable to provide supporting documentation to confirm their Australian citizenship, refer the applicant to DIAC.

    *the term ordinarily resident is used in s12(1)(b) of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 in relation to a child becoming an Australian citizen on their 10th birthday. This provision applies to children born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 who did not have a parent who was an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of their birth.