Citizenship testing now available in Kalgoorlie and Albany

20/8/2014

A new partnership between the Department of Immigration and the Department of Human Services will make it easier for Kalgoorlie and Albany residents to sit the Australian Citizenship test.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said Kalgoorlie and Albany residents will now be able to sit the Australian Citizenship test at the local Centrelink or Medicare Service Centre instead of travelling to Perth or waiting for immigration staff to visit the local area.

“The move will make it easier for residents to access this important service with the offices offering 10 citizenship tests in Kalgoorlie and four tests in Albany a week.

“Around 125,000 citizenship tests are taken every year across the country and around 14,000 of these are taken in regional areas of Australia.

“This is a great opportunity for locals to take the tests without having to wait for Department of Immigration and Border Protection staff to visit regional centres to hold the tests, which is usually on a monthly or bimonthly basis,” Mr Wilson said.

The partnership was originally trialled at seven sites in 2012, including Kalgoorlie, and has now been expanded to 29 sites allowing people living in regional areas across Australia better access to immigration services.

To find out more about becoming an Australian citizen visit www.citizenship.gov.au.

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