Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Focus Program, Border Crossing Observatory & Gender Family Violence Focus Program Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

This submission brings together the views of scholars from across the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, specifically the Monash Population, Migration, Social Inclusion Focus Program, the Border Crossing Observatory and the Monash Gender and Family Violence Focus Program whose past and current research informs some of the concerns and issues raised in this submission.<br><br><div>We wish to address, with reference to the outline of amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act and the Migration Act 1958 to strengthen the requirements to become an Australian citizen and other key provisions provided by the Explanatory Statement, this particular point: To strengthen the requirements to become an Australian citizen, the Bill amends the Act to:</div><div>• require most applicants to provide evidence of competent English language proficiency before they can make a valid application for citizenship;</div><div><br></div><div>This submission has a particular focus on the gendered impacts of strengthening the English language proficiency test.<br><div><br></div><div><br></div></div>