The government’s planned overhaul of Australian citizenship hangs in the balance and may be blocked in the Senate. Much of the opposition centres on the proposed English test.
Right now, a general citizenship test is administered in English – so you need to know enough to understand the questions. But the reform would create a separate English language exam, administered under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Would-be Australians would need to get a Band 6 result in the “general training” stream, rather than the “academic”.