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Monday, 26 November 2018
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Citizenship applications

(Question No. 941)


Mr Hill asked the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, in writing, on 26 February 2018:

(1) What was the breakdown, by country of birth, of the median time between an applicant sitting the citizenship test and a decision being made regarding their application in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18 (to date).(2) What was considered an acceptable standard processing time for citizenship applications (by conferral), in respect of Key Performance Indicators, by his department in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18 (to date).(3) What is the average length of time between successfully sitting the citizenship test and attending a citizenship ceremony for the 10 per cent of applicants who experienced the shortest and longest waiting times.(4) How many Ministerial determinations were made under section 26(3) in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15, (d) 2015-16, (e) 2016-17, and (f) 2017-18 (to date).


Mr Coleman: The answer to the honourable member's question is:

Q1.

Average number of days from test to decision for finalised applications, by financial year (1 July 2012 to 28 February 2018) and top 10 countries of birth

Decision Fin. Year

Country of birth

Average no. of days

2012-13

India

8

United Kingdom

12

China

9

Philippines

7

South Africa

9

New Zealand

28

Vietnam

15

Iraq

14

Sri Lanka

11

Malaysia

20

2012-13 Total

11

2013-14

India

9

United Kingdom

12

China

11

Philippines

6

South Africa

10

New Zealand

33

Vietnam

17

Sri Lanka

13

Iraq

24

Ireland

11

2013-14 Total

12

2014-15

India

12

United Kingdom

14

China

13

Philippines

8

South Africa

14

Vietnam

16

New Zealand

38

Ireland

13

Sri Lanka

16

Nepal

7

2014-15 Total

14

2015-16

India

16

United Kingdom

16

Philippines

9

China

17

South Africa

16

Vietnam

20

New Zealand

40

Ireland

15

Sri Lanka

22

Malaysia

13

2015-16 Total

19

2016-17

India

17

United Kingdom

19

Philippines

14

China

28

South Africa

19

Vietnam

32

Sri Lanka

31

Ireland

22

Iran

40

New Zealand

37

2016-17 Total

30

2017-18

India

45

United Kingdom

49

Philippines

134

South Africa

37

Sri Lanka

29

Ireland

46

Korea, South

31

Malaysia

45

Nepal

40

Thailand

86

2017-18 (to 28 Feb. 2018) Total

62

This information provided by the Department of Home Affairs was extracted from Departmental systems. As data has been drawn from a dynamic system environment, the information was correct at the time of publication and figures may differ slightly from previous or future reporting.

Q2.

From 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2014, the service standard for Australian citizenship by conferral processing was for 80% of applications to be decided within 60 days of lodgement; from 1 July 2014 to date, the service standard has been for 80% of applications to be decided within 80 days of lodgement.

The Department replaced publication of service standards with the publication of current processing times from 13 March 2017. The processing times is updated monthly providing clients with an up-to-date, indicative timeframe of the time taken to process citizenship applications, at a point in time.

Q3.

Average number of days from test to ceremony attendance for clients with the lowest and highest number of days, by financial year of acquisition (1 July 2012 to 28 February 2018)

Acquisition Fin. Year

Average no. of days - lowest 10%

Average no. of days - highest 10%

2012-13

38

389

2013-14

37

352

2014-15

43

334

2015-16

47

358

2016-17

51

443

2017-18 (to 28 Feb. 2018)

50

450

This information provided by the Department of Home Affairs was extracted from Departmental systems. As data has been drawn from a dynamic system environment, the information was correct at the time of publication and figures may differ slightly from previous or future reporting.

Q4.

Number of Ministerial determinations made under section 26(3), by financial year (1 July 2012 to 28 February 2018)

Fin. Year

No. of determinations

2012-13

18

2013-14

28

2014-15

90

2015-16

44

2016-17

20

2017-18 (to 28 Feb. 2018)

16

This information provided by the Department of Home Affairs was extracted from Departmental systems. As data has been drawn from a dynamic system environment, the information was correct at the time of publication and figures may differ slightly from previous or future reporting.