19: Aliens

Current text:

The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to:

"naturalization and aliens"


  • Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Federal Register of Legislation)

  • Australian Citizenship (Australia.gov.au)

  • Kim Rubenstein, Australian Citizenship Law (2nd Ed, 2016) (Thomson Reuters Australia)

  • Joe McIntyre and Sue Milne "The Alien and the Constitution: The Legal History of the "Alien" Power of the Australian Commonwealth (2020) (pdf)

  • Elizabeth Byrne and Josh Robertson, "High Court rules Aboriginal people cannot be deported for criminal convictions, cannot be "alien" to Australia" (2020) (ABC news)