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Thursday, 17 September 2009
Page: 10043


Mr Georgiou asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 18 June 2009:

(1)   How many people have applied to sit the citizenship test in the months of April, May and June 2009 in (a) Melbourne, and (b) Sydney.

(2)   Of these, how many have been given appointments to sit the citizenship test in (a) Melbourne, and (b) Sydney.

(3)   Of these, what is the average time period between the date of the application for a citizenship test appointment and the date of the citizenship test appointment in (a) Melbourne, and (b) Sydney.

(4)   How many of those who applied to sit the citizenship test during the period in part (1) have not received an appointment in (a) Melbourne, and (b) Sydney.

(5)   How many new appointments are available to sit the citizenship test in the months of June, July, August and September 2009 in (a) Melbourne, and (b) Sydney.

(6)   Is there currently a waiting list for citizenship test appointments in (a) Melbourne, (b) Sydney, and how many people are on these waiting lists.


Mr McClelland (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

(1)   There is no application process for people to sit the citizenship test. People merely contact the department to make an appointment to sit a citizenship test. There is therefore no count of people who have applied in these months.

(2)  

Tests booked/registered

Melbourne

Sydney

April

2058

3581

May

2623

5386

June

2718

4993

 

(3)   There is no application to make an appointment for a citizenship test. Average waiting times from date of making an appointment to date of sitting the test is shown in the table below:

Average waiting time in days

Melbourne

Sydney

April

51

50

May

59

60

June

66

72

Data includes any re-sits of tests on the same day.

(4)   Refer (1) above.

(5)  

Tests booked/registered

Melbourne

Sydney

June

2718

4993

July

2895

4956

August

1620

3663

September

N/A

N/A

Appointments have not yet been finalised for September due to the anticipated new test commencing during this month.

(6)   There is no waiting list at this time.