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Australian Citizenship by Descent In certain circumstances a person born who is born outside of Australia may become an Australian citizen through their parents' status as an Australian citizen. At the time of the birth at least one of the child's parents must be an Australian citizen. Australian citizenship by descent is not automatic. A person who was born born outside Australia after the 26th of January 1949 is eligible for citizenship by descent if, at the time of their birth, at least one of their parents was an Australian citizen. If the Australian citizen was themselves an Australian citizen by descent, the parent must have been lawfully present in Australia for a total of at least two years before the application is made.