Weekly Citizenship Tests Now Available In Australia's Regions

By Dex Tennyson, for ExpatBriefing.com 22 August, 2014

A new partnership between two Government departments in Australia means that it is now possible to take the country's citizenship test at 29 regional Centrelink and Medicare Service Centers across the country.

The move was announced by the Department of Immigration and the Department of Human Services, and follows a pilot scheme at seven sites in 2012. Centrelink Centers are run by the Department of Human Services as part of the delivery of Australia's social security system.

Under the new arrangement, around 280 tests can take place each week in regional areas, making it much easier for migrants to sit the test if they live outside capital cities. Previously, immigration officials visited regional centres to conduct the tests, usually only on a monthly or bimonthly basis.

Citizenship tests were introduced in 2007. According to the Government, around 125,000 citizenship tests are taken every year, of which around 14,000 are taken in regional areas.

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