As part of the 2015-16 Budget, the costs associated with the Citizenship programme will be fully recovered, consistent with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines.
Fees for concessions and the current eligibility criteria for exemptions remain unchanged.
A comprehensive review of the costs of the department’s Citizenship programme service delivery and the charging framework which supports it has recently been undertaken. The new fees were determined by identifying the cost of processing each type of application, together with forecasted application volumes.
The previous citizenship fees were unchanged since 2009 and did not accurately reflect current costs for each type of application.
Applicants should ensure their application includes all the required information. Applications that do not contain all the required information may be deemed to be invalid and a new application may need to be lodged.
Any application received on or after 1 January 2016 will be charged the new fee.