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Both Australia and the United Kingdom allow Dual Nationality. This means that a person can hold nationality (and the passport) of both countries.

You could be eligible for BRITISH NATIONALITY in the following circumstances:

  • You were BORN IN THE UK* (or Northern Ireland) before 1983. You will have been classified as British Otherwise than by Descent, can hold a British Passport, and can pass British Nationality to your children, irrespective of where these children are born. Read more about British Nationality by Birth.
  • You have a PARENT* (a father or mother) who was Naturalised in the UK before your birth, or who was born in the UK (or Northern Ireland) before 1983. Your parent will have been classified as British Otherwise than by Descent, hold a British Passport, and they can pass British Nationality to their children, irrespective of where these children are born. Read more about British Nationality by Descent.

* It gets more complicated if:

Philip Gamble & Partners are specialists in British Nationality Law, and assist clients in determining whether they have a claim to British Nationality through parents, grandparents and former British territories.

How do I find out?

We suggest following our 4 STEP PROCESS, designed to simplify the complex laws of British nationality and to avoid unnecessary and expensive application fees, to find your answer:

Step 1: Determine whether you have a Standard Route (birth in the UK before 1983, or a parent born in the UK before 1983)
Step 2: If not, complete our free Nationality Assessment
Step 3: Order a free British Passport Review
Step 4: Conduct a Status Trace

Complete our Nationality Assessment

To find out whether you or your children might have a claim, take a couple of moments to complete our FREE online Passport Assessment.

British Nationality Assessment

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.