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Australian citizenship statistics

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 2,493 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 2020-21, a total of 140,748 people became Australian citizens by conferral, representing over 200 different nationalities.

The following table shows the number of people who were conferred as Australian citizens during​ 2020‑21​, ​​according to their former nationality.

​​​Number of people conferred Australian citizenship, by financial year and top 10 countries of nationality (1 July 2020 to 30 June 202​1)
Country of nationalityNo. of people
India 24,205
United Kingdom
17,36​8
Philippines
8,788
China**7,383
New Zealand5,643
Pakistan 5,615
Vietnam4,942
South Africa 3,854
Iraq3,808
Afghanistan 3,674
Other 55,468
Total 140,748

**“China” denotes mainland China only and does not include the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

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