From having the Right to Vote to the Countries you have Access to: The 10 Surprising Benefits of having Australian Citizenship

A life in Australia is synonymous with a great culture and fantastic weather but holding a citizenship has more benefits then just living in the country.

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Australian Passport is ranked the 7th best passport to travel on and can get you in to 147 countries without a visa

A life in Australia is synonymous with a great culture and fantastic weather but there's more benefits to becoming an Australian citizen than just living here. 

A life in Australia is synonymous with a great culture and fantastic weather but there’s more benefits to becoming an Australian citizen than just living here.

1. Passport

Holding an Australian Passport opens up the world without much hassle. It is ranked the 7th best passport to travel on and can get you in to 147 countries without a visa. Australia also has an efficient overseas consulates and embassies if you are faced with an issue while travelling.

2. You can vote

Voting in Australia is compulsory and you can be fined for not participating in an election. Countries such as Egypt, Greece and Costa Rico do not enforce their citizens to vote.

3. Education

Australia has one of the longest compulsory years of education at 11 years in school. Despite an increase of 20 per cent of school fees, higher education can be paid off with FeeHELP or Study Assist. In 2018, the limit of your student loan is  $102,392 for most students. If you are studying medicine, dentistry or veterinary science the fee limit is at $127,992.

Centrelink is for any Australian citizen who is struggling financially at the result of a job loss, disability as well as health issues just to name a few

4. Medicare/Centrelink

Under Medicare you are treated in the public health system. Australian citizens can be reimbursed 100 per cent of the money they spend when they visit a doctor and 85 per cent for if they see a specialist. The government also provides Centrelink for anyone who is struggling financially at the result of a job loss, disability as well as health issues just to name a few.

5. Superannuation

The Australian government offers Superannuation to allow all working Australian’s to accumulate funds to go in to their retirement. Australia’s superannuation plan has been ranked one of the best in the world since 2015.

 6. You can adopt

As an Australian citizen you have the option to adopt a child. In 2016 only 278 adoptions were finalised in Australia and there are 46,000 kids who are in and out of care.

Voting in Australia is compulsory and you can be fined for not participating in an election

7. You can represent Australia in sport

All sporting talents have the option to play in representative teams and events that could which could lead to an Olympic profession.

8. Work in federal government or defence jobs

Once you become an Australian citizen you can apply for jobs in the Australian Defence Force, the Navy or the Army.  

9. You can become a part of Australian Politics 

Another benefit of being an Australian citizen is that you can become apart of the political sphere and potentially reach your dream as a politician or even the Prime Minister of Australia.

10. New Zealand

You can live and work in New Zealand if you hold an Australian passport. Australians have the option to travel there easily too as our nearest neighbour is only a three hour flight away.