“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 all your 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.

Editor's Note: As New Zealand citizens we do not need a Visa to travel or live in Australia. There are a few exclusions to the SCV we get automatically assigned (read here).

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

Specialist immigration companies 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! 

You can find an immigration specailist on the Australian Government website, Migration Agents Registration Authority (https://www.mara.gov.au/). Search Auckland for advisers specialising in Australia.

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:

  • Australian Visa Application forms: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/application-forms/

  • Australia Visa Wizard: http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/
    The Visa Wizard can help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances.

  • Australia Citizenship Wizard: http://www.citizenship.gov.au/citizenshipwizard/
    The Citizenship Wizard will give you information about what to do and how to apply for Australian citizenship.

  • Australian Family payments and allowanceshttp://australia.gov.au/topics/benefits-payments-and-services/family-payments-and-services/family-payments-and-allowances
    A list of family payments and allowances available in Australia on the Australian Government website.

  • Australian Visa Application Centre in NZ: http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/n/new-zealand/
    The department has an agreement with TTServices to provide Australian visa and citizenship by descent lodgement services in New Zealand through an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC).
    Street Address: Level 5, HSBC Tower, 1 Queen Street, Auckland.
    Postal Address: TTServices, PO Box 105154, Auckland 1143.
    Telephone: (09) 366 0274.
    Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    Website: www.ttsaustralia.com.

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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0 #65 Anju 2016-04-29 04:44
Hi there,
We are NZ citizens and thinking of migrating to Australia. I heard that NZ citizens will become Australian citizens after 5 yes of stay in Aus.Is that right?
Will we be eligible for family benefits, childcare subsidiary/free school as permanent residents there?Do we have to pay extra income tax rates as non residents of Australia or the normal rates like permanent residents?
Looking forward to hear from you.
Thanks,
Anju
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0 #64 Amit Kumar 2016-04-15 01:00
Hi, I am New Zealand citizen and my 1 year old daughter as well. But I have got a job in Australia and I have to start in one month period. I want to take my wife with you but she is New Zealand resident here with Indian passport. We have already applied for temporary resident visa 461 subclass. But it is going to take long for processing. Could you please suggest me about the situation. What should I do now?
Thanks
Amit
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0 #63 ANSWER: Moving back to AustraliaMTA Team 2015-08-10 05:50
Hi Steve,

Thank you for your enquiry.

Unfortunately I don't know the answer to this. I recommend calling a Australian immigration specialist and asking them. You can find an immigration specialist on the Australian Government website, Migration Agents Registration Authority (https://www.mara.gov.au/). Search Auckland for advisers specialising in Australia.

Or you could call the Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship: http://www.immi.gov.au/.

Good luck with your move.
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0 #62 Moving back to AustraliaSteve J 2015-08-10 05:49
Hello,
I moved to australia in 1979 from New Zealand. I lived in brisbane,QLD for 23 years until 2002 when I moved back to NZ to care for a sick mother. My children and grandchildren are still in Brisbane and are Australian Citizens now.
We are going to move back to australia early next year and live there permanantly.
I read that all NZ citizens that were living in Australia on February 2001 were grandfathered as australian permanant residents ?
Having being out of australia for the last 13 years my question is am I still classed as a full permanant resident of australia once I move back there early next year for medicare and age benefits once I retire there. I am 63 and due to retire in 2 years time..
I still have current bank a/cs, credit cards, super, tax file number, OZ licence etc.
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0 #61 Moving back to AustraliaSteve J 2015-08-07 15:41
Hello,
I moved to australia in 1979 from New Zealand. I lived in brisbane,QLD for 23 years until 2002 when I moved back to NZ to care for a sick mother. My children and grandchildren are still in Brisbane and are Australian Citizens now.
We are going to move back to australia early next year and live there permanantly.
I read that all NZ citizens that were living in Australia on February 2001 were grandfathered as australian permanant residents ?
Having being out of australia for the last 13 years my question is am I still classed as a full permanant resident of australia once I move back there early next year for medicare and age benefits once I retire there. I am 63 and due to retire in 2 years time..
I still have current bank a/cs, credit cards, super, tax file number, OZ licence etc.
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0 #60 ANSWER: workMTA Team 2015-08-07 07:07
Hi Paul,

Thank you for your enquiry.

As you have an NZ passport you will automatically be given a SCV on arrival in Australia. You do not need to do anything else to be able to work there.

However I do recommend you organise the below before you leave:

- Australian Bank Account, easier to do before you leave, as you need more documentation if you wait until your in OZ - http://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/money/bank-account.html

- Foreign Exchange, save hundreds to thousands with rates that the banks will never match - http://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/nzforex-foreign-exchange.html

- Move your personal effects to Australia with Ausmove if you are in the Auckland area and save stress with the helpful staff at Ausmove - http://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/moving/moving-company.html

And these as soon as you arrive:

- Australia version of IRD number, you should apply for a TFN number as soon as you arrive in Australia. You are not able to apply from New Zealand: https://iar.ato.gov.au/iarweb/default.aspx?pid=4&sid=1&outcome=1

- Medicare, you need to apply in person at a Medicare office. It is recommended you wait one week after your arrival in Australia before applying, to allow time for Medicare to receive your visa details from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. Please bring your passport or travel document with you.

- Connect your utilities easily with On The Move, connect electricity, gas, water, broadband and telephone in one easy phone call, with competitive energy rates and all the latest deals- http://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/real-estate/on-the-move.html

Please note, we do get a small referral fee for any new customers we send our referral partners, e.g. Commonwealth Bank and NZForex. This small fee helps us keep our website up to date and able to respond to enquiries like yours at no cost to you.

Good luck with your move.
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0 #59 workpaul 2015-08-04 15:08
I have been offered a job in aus, do I need any visa to work there? will be ok as long as I have my nz passport?
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0 #58 ANSWER: migration agent?MTA Team 2015-08-03 07:33
Hi Dillen,

Thank you for your enquiry.

You can find an immigration specialist on the below website, you need to add business location as South Africa and press search: https://www.mara.gov.au/search-the-register-of-migration-agents/. You will get a list of 18 agents to chose from.

Good luck with your move.
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0 #57 migration agent?Dillen Hans 2015-08-01 02:54
Hello hello... I wonder if you can help me. I want a migration agent if maybe you can give me a number for them? It would really help me a lot. And I'm from South africa. Thanks a lot...
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0 #56 ANSWER: Visa for Thai partner of NZerMTA Team 2015-07-09 06:34
Hi John,

Thank you for your enquiry.

Have you followed my recommendations on the Visa page, e.g. completed the Visa Wizard?

If you have and still aren't sure about your partners Visa eligibility then you will need to contact a Immigration Specialist. You can find an immigration specialist on the Australian Government website, Migration Agents Registration Authority (https://www.mara.gov.au/).

Please let me know how you get on and if I can be of further assistance.
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