Senate inquiry into citizenship law changes

Submissions

The Senate has recently announced an inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

Among the changes this Bill will be introducing are:

  • Extending the waiting period for permanent residents from one year to “at least four years” before eligibility for citizenship
  • Increasing the English language requirement to qualify for Australian citizenship
  • Widening Ministerial discretion to deny citizenship in individual immigration cases.

There are so many important Australians who came to this country with limited English, but have made a fantastic contribution to the social and economic fabric of this country.

DCA will be making a submission to the Inquiry, highlighting the benefits that cultural diversity has had on Australian business.

  • Did you, or your parents, come to Australia with limited or no English?

We would like to hear from you – tell us about how you, or your family came here, and what you are doing now. Where do you work? What have you studied?

Contact cathy@dca.org.au. The Inquiry closes 21 July. We would like your submissions by 14 July.