More than 5 million people have become citizens since Australian citizenship was introduced in 1949.
Former nationality or citizenship
In 1949, during the inaugural year of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948, Australian citizenship was granted to 2493 people from just over 35 different nationalities. The top 5 nationalities (and number of grants) at that time according to the Australian Yearbook 1953, ABS were:
- Italian (708)
- Polish (597)
- Greek (276)
- German (225)
- Yugoslav (80).
In 2017-18, a total of 80,649 people become Australian citizens by conferral from at least 180 different countries.
The following table shows the number of people who were conferred as Australian citizens in 2017-18, according to their former nationality.
| Number of people who acquired Australian citizenship via conferral, by top 10 nationalities (1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018)|
No. of people|
|United Kingdom||13,874 |
|South Africa||3,368 |
|Sri Lanka||3,264 |
|South Korea||2,028 |
|New Zealand||1,842 |