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Citizenship test pass rates plunge to a new low

28 January 2024 Citizenship test pass rates in Australia have sharply declined, with both major political parties blaming each other for the alarming drop. Data from the Department of Home Affairs has revealed that over one hundred thousand citizenship tests were failed between June 2022 and August 2023. The multiple-choice question test, last updated in 2020, requires a 75 per cent score and covers freedom of speech, democracy, rule of law, and Australian values. The surge in failures is linked to the 2020 changes, including an automatic fail for not answering values questions. Pass rates fell from 87 per cent in 2019 to 68 per cent in 2021 under the Coalition, and further dropped to 65 per cent under the Labor government. OPINION Citizenship test needs to be simplified Citizenship test pass rates in Australia have sharply declined. Official figures revealed that over one hundred thousand citizenship tests were failed between June 2022 and August 2023. This is a huge test failure rate, for a test which didn’t even exist before 2007. We need skilled migrants and we must support these people who left their homelands and came to offer their services to Australia. We are not saying there should be no criteria for granting a citizenship. But let it be within reason. Abolish or at least simplify the test so these people can have confidence that the new country which they now call home, is supporting them, so they will be stress free to devote themselves to their jobs and families.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia
© 2021 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved

Citizenship test pass rates plunge to a new

low

28 January 2024 Citizenship test pass rates in Australia have sharply declined, with both major political parties blaming each other for the alarming drop. Data from the Department of Home Affairs has revealed that over one hundred thousand citizenship tests were failed between June 2022 and August 2023. The multiple-choice question test, last updated in 2020, requires a 75 per cent score and covers freedom of speech, democracy, rule of law, and Australian values. The surge in failures is linked to the 2020 changes, including an automatic fail for not answering values questions. Pass rates fell from 87 per cent in 2019 to 68 per cent in 2021 under the Coalition, and further dropped to 65 per cent under the Labor government. OPINION Citizenship test needs to be simplified Citizenship test pass rates in Australia have sharply declined. Official figures revealed that over one hundred thousand citizenship tests were failed between June 2022 and August 2023. This is a huge test failure rate, for a test which didn’t even exist before 2007. We need skilled migrants and we must support these people who left their homelands and came to offer their services to Australia. We are not saying there should be no criteria for granting a citizenship. But let it be within reason. Abolish or at least simplify the test so these people can have confidence that the new country which they now call home, is supporting them, so they will be stress free to devote themselves to their jobs and families.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia