Being part of the citizenship application the test needs to be taken seriously. The questions within the citizenship test are based on the resource guide "Australian citizenship: Our Common Bond". But what is the test really about? One thing is to talk about the test as part of the application process, other is to understand what it will be tested and why. One important thing a candidate needs to understand is the fact that the test is meant to prepare them to face the new responsibilities and obligation they will assume when becoming Australian citizens. The test is in no point a filter or a barrier to avoid immigrants from becoming citizens. This fact is reflected in the test flexibility that allows the candidate to retake it as many times necessary to pass it.
Following we will review the testable chapters of the resource book to give you a pretty global idea on what the test is really about. The testable chapters are only three. The book has five chapters, the last two are complementary information about the Australian history and society.
Australian and It's People
Starting with a quick overview of the pledge of commitment and a walk through the founding of Australia as a nation. Take special note of the population number, 22 million citizens. The provinces with their capitals is definitely testable material so pay attention to them and learn them by hard.
There is a short description of the two most important Australian Holidays. The Australian day celebrated the 26 January 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 and the Anzac Day celebrated the 25th April 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.
In this section is a review of the Australian symbols and their meaning. They are just a few so are pretty easy to learn. 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 is one of the important chapters. Has a quick review to the form of government, parliamentary Democracy. It explains in detail the rights and responsibilities of a citizen, thing you need to know. Also stress the importance of the electoral system and how citizens exercise their right to vote. Lectures about the possibilities a citizen has to get involved with the Australian society and how important for the nation is the TAX payment. Thing we all know enough about.
Government and the law in Australia
This chapter is for far the most important for the test. Australia understands that the origin of their immigrants will dictate sometimes how much they understand about our way to govern ourselves. In this chapter Australia makes sure the new citizens understand what our constitution and parliament are for.
There is a quick review of the Federation and the constitution that includes extra information about the right to vote. The three electoral powers, the legislative, the executive and the judicial and how they protect Australia is vital. There is a deep explanation about how these three powers affect our society and work. There is a mention to the head of state, Her majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, the governor general, the prime minister and the rest of the government levels in place. The guide explains how each seat is elected and by whom. Pay extra attention to this!
There is a specific section dedicated to a brief explanation on how the laws are made, by whom and how they get approved. This is a description of the Australian judicial power and its subordinates, the police, judges, lawyers etc.
With this quick overview you now have an idea on what the test is really about. Remember is a multiple choice exam with 20 questions and a 75% passing score. Good luck in your test!