Did you know that Australian citizenship can be revoked? The revocation powers do not apply to those who are Australian citizens by birth, however.

Reasons for Citizenship Revocation

Australian citizenship may be revoked if a person has committed a serious offence. A conviction with a sentence of 12 months or more might result in the revocation of citizenship. This conviction could be from any time prior to the grant of Australian citizenship.

It can also be revoked if it is found that there was third party fraud in the process of applying for Australian citizenship.

Other grounds to revoke Australian citizenship include:

  • Being found guilty of making a false or misleading statement in relation to their Australian citizenship application,
  • The Minister is satisfied that it would be contrary to the public interest if a person remains an Australian citizen.

If you hold dual citizenship, your Australian citizenship can be revoked if you engage in conduct inconsistent with allegiance to Australia. Section 35 of the Australian Citizenship Act allows the Australian parliament to determine which activities might be punished with the loss of citizenship.

Australian citizenship cannot be revoked if a person will become stateless as a result of this action. The powers to revoke Australian citizenship are vested in the Minister and are taken very seriously.

Can I renounce my Australian citizenship?

It is also possible to renounce your Australian citizenship. Renouncing your citizenship is different to having citizenship revoked.

This can occur when a person acquires the citizenship of another country, or chooses to give up their Australian citizenship.

You can only give up your citizenship if you are a dual citizen, and have citizenship in another country. You cannot give up your citizenship if you would become stateless.

Can I resume my Australian citizenship?

If you have lost your Australian citizenship, you can apply to become an Australian citizen again. We can assist you with this process.

If you used to be an Australian citizen, you might be eligible to resume Australian citizenship. Did you lose your Australian citizenship when you acquired the citizenship of another country? Or did you renounce (give up) your Australian citizenship to acquire another citizenship? You can apply to resume your citizenship in Australia.

MSM Legal can advise you on all aspects of Australian citizenship matters. Revocation and resumption of Australian citizenship can involve complex legal issues and we recommend that you obtain considered advice as soon as possible.