Australia's new citizenship test: Would you pass?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said changes to the Australian citizenship test were part of a push for mutual respect and to discourage violence against women.

“What we’re doing is strengthening our multi-cultural society and strengthening the commitment to Australian values," he said.

The Prime Minister believes learning English will lead migrants into getting better jobs. Source: Getty Images

So would you pass Australia’s new citizenship test?

Examples questions as provided to News Corp include:

  • Under what circumstances is it appropriate to prohibit girls from education?
  • Does Australia’s principle of freedom of religion mean that it is permissible to force children to marry?
  • In Australia’s multicultural society, under which circumstances is it permissible to cut female genitals?
  • While it is illegal to use violence in public, under what circumstances can you strike your spouse in the privacy of your own home?
Immigration minister Peter Dutton. Source: AAP

Other proposals include four years of residency and fluent English speaking skills.

Applicants will also have only three chances to pass.

Citizenship test guidelines

  • Applicants caught cheating will automatically fail.
  • Will have to be permanent residents for four years before seeking citizenship. Under the current test applicants have to wait 12 months.
  • Must demonstrate fluent English language skills. This will be exempt for people with enduring incapacity or aged under 16.
  • There will be tougher criminal history checks including involvement in gang activity and domestic violence.
  • Wording of the citizenship test will change.
  • The test will feature questions testing the applicant's understanding of Australia's shared values.
  • Must show a contribution to the community and show evidence or employment, membership to community organisations and school enrolment for all eligible children.

A discussion paper on proposed questions and changes will be available to the public at a later date.