“So who needs an Australian Visa?”

As a New Zealander you have a unique opportunity if you’re considering moving to Australia. These two countries have established a more than friendly exchange program which allows their citizenry to freely move between the countries. Here at Moving to Australia we have tried to answer your most pressing questions regarding Australian visas and applying for an Australian Visa. For more information on Australian Visa's please visit the Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Citizenship website (http://www.immi.gov.au). Australian Visa Application.

Visas are legal documents issued by one country that allow those from another country to reside in the issuing country. In the case of Australian visas you can go all the way back as the 1920”s to discover that there has been a special relationship between the citizens of New Zealand and Australia. It was then that people were able to freely move between New Zealand and Australia.

Then in 1973 the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement was entered into. This allowed Australian and New Zealand citizens to enter each other's country to visit, live and work, without the need to apply for authority to enter the other country.

What is interesting about this movement is that moving between the two countries is dependent upon the current state of jobs and the economy in each country. It is common to find an increase in the number of New Zealanders migrating to Australia when the New Zealand economy is more troubled than the Australian economy.

Professional Immigration Services

Companies like Endeavour Immigration save you time, money and stress when applying for a visa. They are able to offer you professional advice and assistence when applying for any of the below visa's or even deciding what visa is right for you, if any.

  • Permanent Residence
  • Tempory Work Visa
  • Partner Visa
  • Citizenship
  • And help you find the visa that is right for you! 

Please fill in the short enquiry form on the right for professional help or click here for more information.

Australian Visa requirements

Of particular importance to any New Zealander considering a move to Australia are the amendments made by to the Migration Act 195. These changes were made in 1994 and resulted in a number of changes to migration legislation.

The big change was the legal requirement that all non-citizens lawfully in Australia must have a visa.

Upon entering Australia you present your New Zealand passport for immigration clearance. Once done you are considered to have applied for a visa and, subject to health or character considerations, will automatically receive a Special Category Visa (SCV). The SCV is recorded electronically.

Their New Zealand passports are stamped, showing the date of arrival in Australia. This is the only evidence provided or necessary to show they are holders of an SCV.

Is it necessary to apply for a permanent residence visa?

As a New Zealander holding and SCV it is not necessary to apply for or be granted permanent residence in Australia. The SCV allows a New Zealand citizen to remain and work in Australia lawfully as long as that person remains a New Zealand citizen.

You also need to be aware of some additional rules. In particular you, as a New Zealand citizen, must apply for, and be granted Australian permanent residency if you wish to access certain social security benefits, e.g. the pension, obtain Australian citizenship or sponsor their family members for permanent residence.

Generally speaking the visa requirements you need to meet are very easily obtained. But to be certain Moving to Australia recommends that you consult with one of our immigration experts.

Please feel free to ask us any questions you might have regarding living in Australia and Australian Visas using the below comments form.

Further Information and Help

There are a lot of ways to get Australian Visa and Citizenship information and help on the internet. A few of the links are below:

If you have any further questions or comments, please post them at the bottom of the page and we will get back to you asap with an answer.

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ANSWER: Student moving to aussie
written by MTA Team, 11 February 2014
Hi Se,

Thank you for your comment.

You will not be able to get a student loan or government assistance with an SCV. You would need to apply for PR (Permanent Residency). I recommend going through the Citizenship Wizard (http://www.citizenship.gov.au/citizenshipwizard/) and if you want/need further help fill in the Endeavour Immigration form on the right of the below page. They will be able to help you apply for PR, saving you time and stress:
http://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/australian-visa/australian-visa-application

Regarding NZ qualifications crossing over to Australia, I recommend reading the below information on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website on entrance into Australian Universities:
http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/entrance-to-australian-universities/.

Good luck with your move and please do post another comment on movingtoaustralia.co.nz if you find anything other visitors would be interested in knowing.

Thanks
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Student moving to aussie
written by Se, 11 February 2014
Hi

Im a NZ citizen and looking to move to Australia, im planning to move there by myself and apply for university, if i only have an SCV does that mean i cant get a student loan, be elligable for government support allowances ect? Also, what visas would i have to have to apply for australian citizenship?

Im also planning to get a a part time job and was wondering if qualifications i get in NZ such as NCEA/NZQA , would they still be valid once i move to Australia?

Also im going to be living with one of my friends , and she is a an australian resident, would that make any difference?. Sorry for the load of questions !

Thanks. x
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ANSWER: One way ticket
written by MTA Team, 17 December 2013
Good morning,

Thank you for your comment.

Unless she has a criminal record she will not be disallowed to enter Australia. They are still granting New Zealand citizens with a SCV Visa automatically when they enter Australia.

I would recommend that she sets up a bank account before she goes, as when you try from Australia the banks want a lot more paper work, which she will not have for a few months.

She can setup a bank account with Commonwealth Bank by following the below link:
https://www1.commbank.com.au/eforms/MovingToAustralia/?id=85

Thanks
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One way ticket
written by Jacqueline, 17 December 2013
My daughter, who is a new Zealand citizen, is travelling to Brisbane on a one way ticket. She has no job to go to, very little money and no plan as to when she will return to new Zealand. Her plan is to find work when she gets there. Is there a chance she will be prevented from entering Australia?

Jacques
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ANSWER: Visa?
written by MTA Team, 12 November 2013
Hi Shanna,

Thank you for your comment.

In his situation I would definitely recommend getting help from Allister an immigration specialist so that he is able to move to Australia.

Please email the answers to the below questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stating that you have been referred by MovingtoAustralia.co.nz:
- Name
- Current Visa status
- Address
- Phone
- Email
- Highest Qualification
- Occupation
- Number of years experience
- Any family in Australia or New Zealand

Endeavour Immigration provides professional immigration advice and assistance for Visa applications to Australia. Whether it is for permanent residence, a temporary work visa or partners of New Zealand Citizens. Immigration Adviser Allister Simpson has provided the professional assistance that can make it happen since 2005 and has an in depth knowledge of the strict requirements for skills assessments, state nomination and Australian Immigration policy.

Allister will be able to advise what you will need to do from here.

Good luck.
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Visa?
written by Shanna, 08 November 2013
Hi there, Im asking on behalf of my Brother. He's a New Zealand Citizen and wanting to move to Australia. He has a criminal record though. He has been in jail twice but only 6 months, and the last time he was in jail was 8 years ago. I looked up how he can go by moving over, He has to full in a CONSENT OF DISCLOSURE form and send it to DIBP- Immigration. And they respond back to him telling him whether of not he needs to apply for a Visa? My question is can he be denied from DIBP-Immigration just from the consent of disclosure? Saying he cant apply for a visa? And if so what could he do for them to let him apply for a visa to let him move to australia? Please help, Thanks alot for your time smilies/smiley.gif
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ANSWER: Moving to Aussie
written by MTA Team, 09 September 2013
Hi Jude,

Thank you for your comment.

I recommend that you get the advice of a immigration specialist.

Please fill in the attached form and email it either back to me or straight to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stating that you have been referred by MovingtoAustralia.co.nz.

Endeavour Immigration provides professional immigration advice and assistance for Visa applications to Australia. Whether it is for permanent residence, a temporary work visa or partners of New Zealand Citizens. Immigration Adviser Allister Simpson has provided the professional assistance that can make it happen since 2005 and has an in depth knowledge of the strict requirements for skills assessments, state nomination and Australian Immigration policy.

Allister will be able to advise what you will need to do from here.

Good luck with your move.
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Moving to Aussie
written by Jude, 09 September 2013
Hi, Im moving to aussie in Mid Oct. Do i need to apply for a working visa? I have a NZ passport and my intentions are to move to gain work in australia.
I have a Australian bank account and have housing sorted, the only grey area in my move is the visa, as i have been told that i need a visa and i do not need a visa.

can you please clarify the facts of my move to australia as to the visa prior to my move.

Thank you smilies/smiley.gif
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ANSWER: please help
written by MTA Team, 14 June 2013
Hi Cameron,

Thanks for your enquiry.

There has been a lot of talk of late regarding the automatic SCV changing for New Zealanders moving to Australia, but as yet nothing has changed.

Therefore you are still free to move and work in Australia under the electronic SCV that is given to you on entry into Australia.

Please continue to check back on the site, as if anything does change I will add it to the site. I am continuously checking New Zealand and Australian embassy, immigration and news websites.

Good luck with your move.
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Please help
written by Cameron, 13 June 2013
Hi there, I am planning to go to Melbourne early August. I have been told by some people that I need a working visa and others have said I do not need one. I am a NZ citizen and will be working in Melbourne full time in the hospitallity industry. Unsure of how long i will be there for but due to the date coming up very shortly I am needing some proper answers. Please help
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