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Countries > Australia

Australia Flag  Australia

As an Australian Citizen, there are several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are:

For British Nationality purposes, the Republic of Ireland was considered part of the United Kingdom up until 31.03.1922. For these and other forms of British Nationality available to Australians, click on British Citizenship for Australians

 

STATUS OF AUSTRALIA

Up until 31.12.1900, Australia was within the British Crown Dominions as separate colonies.

Between 01.01.1901 and 31.12.1948, it fell within the British Crown Dominions as a federal Commonwealth country.

From 01.01.1949 until the present day, it was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

Christmas Island

Up until 31.12.1948, Christmas Island came within the British Crown Dominions.

Between 01.01.1949 and 31.12.1957, it fell within the UK and Colonies as part of the Colony of Singapore. From 01.01.1958 until 30.09.1958, it was within the UK and Colonies as a separate Crown Colony. Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony. 

From 01.10.1958, it was part of Australia.

Cocos & Keeling Islands

Up until 31.12.1948, these islands were part of the British Crown Dominions.

Between 01.01.1949 and 22.11.1955, they fell part of the UK and Colonies as part of the Colony of Singapore. Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

From 23.11.1955 until the present day, it is part of Australia. 

Papua

From 1888 until 1906, Papua was part of the British Crown Dominions.

Thereafter, it was part of Australia until it combined with New Guinea on 15.09.1975 to form Papua New Guinea.

From 16.09.1975 until 30.01.1980 (after independence), it was a foreign country known as Papua New Guinea.

From 31.01.1980 until the present day, it was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

New Guinea

From 17.12.1920 until 12.12.1946, New Guinea was an Australian mandated territory in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

Between 13.12.1946 and 15.09.1975, it was an Australian Trust Territory in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

From 16.09.1975 until 30.01.1980 (after independence), it was a foreign country known as Papua New Guinea.

From 31.01.1980 until the present day, it was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

 

Australians aged between 18-30 qualify for a Working Holiday Visa for the following countries:

 

For more information on how British Nationality can be claimed based on links to Australia, click on British Nationality for an Australian.



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