Australian Citizenship Practice Test – Our Common Bond
The Australian citizenship test is designed to assess whether you have an adequate knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship. The citizenship test is also designed to assess whether you have a basic knowledge of the English language. The citizenship test is a computer based multiple choice test in English and consists of 20 questions drawn at random from a pool of questions. To pass the test, you must answer 75 per cent correctly. By passing the citizenship test, you will have shown that you understand the commitment you are making by taking the Australian Citizenship Pledge.
Use the following practice tests to study for your Australian Citizenship Test. Depending on your study style, you can choose to study by individual topics, do a citizenship test simulation (20 randomly selected questions), and/or challenge yourself to the ultimate Australian citizenship marathon test that includes all of the test questions we have.
Australian Citizenship Test: Additional Resources
Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond
To prepare for the citizenship test, you will need to read the official resource book: Australian Citizenship Our Common Bond.
The Australian Citizenship Pledge
When you attend your Australian citizenship ceremony, you will make the Australian Citizenship Pledge. In doing so, you are making a public commitment to Australia and accepting the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.
This is the pledge you will make:
From this time forward, under God,*
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.
* A person may choose whether or not to use the words ‘under God’.
You can obtain more information about Australia at your local library. The following websites may also provide further information:
Australian Government Programs and Services
You can obtain information about Australian Government programs and services from www.australia.gov.au.
Federal MP or Senator
Your local federal MP or a Senator for your state or territory has a range of information about Australian Government programs and services. A listing of MPs and senators can be found at www.aph.gov.au.
Australian Government Organizations
You can obtain more information about Australian Government organisations referred to in the resource book from the following websites:
Glossary of testable section
Australian Public Service: government departments and people employed by them
civil unrest: demonstrations and riots by large numbers of people, usually protesting against a government decision or policy
coalition: the joining of two or more political parties, usually to form a government or opposition
commission: a group of people with an official responsibility
constitutional monarchy: a country in which a king or queen is the head of state, whose powers are limited by the constitution
court: a place where legal cases are heard by a judge or magistrate
criminal trial: a hearing of facts by a court to decide if a person is guilty or not guilty of an alleged crime.
democracy: government by the people through elected representatives
drug trafficking: carrying or buying drugs to sell illegally
economic deprivation: a form of domestic violence, where one partner in a relationship prevents the other partner from receiving or handling money
election: an event in which citizens choose a person to represent them in parliament
electoral roll: the list of people entitled to vote in an election or referendum
enforce the law: to make sure that people follow the law
executive power: the power and authority to administer the laws, one of the three powers under the Australian Constitution
federation: the union of colonies into one nation with the colonies retaining certain powers
First Fleet: the group of 11 ships which set out from Britain under Captain Arthur Phillip to establish a convict settlement in New South Wales
floral emblem: national flower
forced isolation: a form of domestic violence where one partner in a relationship controls who the other partner sees and talks to, what they read and where they go
from this time forward: from now and in the future
icon: a well known image
Indigenous people: the original inhabitants of the land – in Australia, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Judaeo-Christian: of both the Jewish and the Christian religions
judicial power: the power and authority to interpret and apply the laws, one of the three powers under the Australian Constitution
legislative power: the power and authority to make and change the laws, one of the three powers under the Australian Constitution
liberties (liberty): personal freedom and independence
magistrate: a judge of a lower court
mateship: helping and receiving help from others, especially in difficult times
national anthem: national song
parliamentary democracy: a system of government based on the regular election of representatives to parliament by the citizens
permanent resident: a person who has a visa to work and live in Australia with no time limit
political party: a group of people who share similar ideas about how a country should be governed
public service: the use of time, energy or skill for the good of the nation
referendum: a vote by all voters on a proposed change to the Australian Constitution
representative: a person who acts or speaks for others
review: to consider a proposal for a new law and decide whether to accept or reject it
secret ballot: a system of voting where people vote privately, so no one can influence or pressure them to vote in a certain way
secular: separate from religion
set up: to build, establish, start
shire: a local government area
social security: government pensions or benefits to help unemployed people, disabled people, elderly people and others in need
try your luck: to take a chance
volunteer: a person who gives their time to a person or organisation ithout expecting payment