Meeting the citizenship and residency requirements for a Commonwealth supported place
To meet the citizenship and residency requirements for a Commonwealth supported place you must be:
- An Australian Citizen or a New Zealand citizen, or
- the holder of a permanent visa and you must be a resident in Australia for the duration of your program.
You may automatically acquire Australian citizenship by birth or adoption, or may apply for Australian citizenship by descent or conferral. If you are over 16 years of age at the time you make your application for citizenship by conferral, you will obtain Australian citizenship only after you have made the pledge of commitment and have been issued with Evidence of Australian Citizenship from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
The University is unable to accept the letter advising you that you will become an Australian Citizen. You must have attended the ceremony before changing your details with the University. You will also be required to produce your Evidence of Australian Citizenship to the University.
To meet the residency requirements if you are a New Zealand citizen or a holder of a permanent visa you must be resident in Australia for the duration of the course you are intending to undertake. In determining whether you are resident in Australia for the duration of your course any period of residence outside Australia will be disregarded if:
- it cannot reasonably be regarded as indicating an intention to reside outside Australia for the duration of the course, or
- it is required for the purpose of completing a requirement of that course.