Moving to Australia from New Zealand?

Get all information you need to make a successful and stress-free move across the ditch.

Are you a New Zealander planning to move to Australia?

We’re here to help make your move to Australia seamless and stress-free. If you’re looking to move to Australia from […]
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We’re here to help make your move to Australia seamless and stress-free.

If you’re looking to move to Australia from New Zealand, you have just found all the information you need. We moved to Brisbane from Auckland over 15 years ago and wanted to share all the information we learnt with other New Zealanders. Learn from our mistakes and save yourself a lot of research time.

Find here all the information you need: set up an Australian bank account, foreign exchange, move your personal effects to Australia, schooling, real estate and hundreds of other pieces of useful information about Australia. Whether you are moving to Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth, we are here to help.

So, how can I help you? I’ve been answering visitors’ questions for over 15 years, so am more than happy to help.

You can easily find information on the subject you are looking for by scrolling through my posts below, or you can use the search function below to display posts that include the information you are currently searching for:


Good luck with your move to Australia.

The Land of OZ, Consumer Mag

I’m super proud to be a contributor to ‘The Land of OZ’ article in Consumer’s Autumn issue 2024. The question […]
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May 29, 2024
Front cover consumer magazine

I’m super proud to be a contributor to ‘The Land of OZ’ article in Consumer’s Autumn issue 2024.

The question is… Why are so many New Zealanders moving to Australia right now?

Thousands of New Zealanders cross the Tasman every year in search of a better life. Why are they going? Is the Land of OZ all it’s cracked up to be? And would anything entice them home? Consumer reporter Chris Schulz asked those who are going and those who have gone, then dived into the statistics to find out.

Moving to Perth (WA)

Perth has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian city. Want to know more about Perth… read on… Perth’s […]
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May 30, 2024
Moving to Perth Australia

Perth has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian city. Want to know more about Perth… read on…

Perth’s over 2 million residents have an amazing outdoor lifestyle—surf beaches, Swan River, and Kings Park (400 hectares of protected park and bushland). From its beautiful weather to its endless day trip options, Perth has plenty to offer its locals.

Moving to Melbourne (VIC)

Many people who move to Melbourne find that Melbourne’s lower house prices, lower crime rates, better transport and lower humidity […]
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May 30, 2024
Moving to Melbourne

Many people who move to Melbourne find that Melbourne’s lower house prices, lower crime rates, better transport and lower humidity make it more livable than its rival Sydney.

Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city with four million residents. Its the sports, arts and cultural capital of Australia. Its numerous lane-ways of house bars, cafes and restaurants are covered in street art. Its renowned for its coffee culture!

Moving to Victoria

People move to Victoria because of the amazing climate, education, employment, and lifestyle opportunities. Whatever your reason for moving to […]
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May 30, 2024
Moving to Victoria

People move to Victoria because of the amazing climate, education, employment, and lifestyle opportunities.

Whatever your reason for moving to Victoria, you will be glad that this city has so much to offer.

Moving to Sydney (NSW)

Sydney is the most populous city in New South Wales, with some 5.3 million people living there. Sydney is Australia’s […]
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May 30, 2024
Moving to Sydney

Sydney is the most populous city in New South Wales, with some 5.3 million people living there.

Sydney is Australia’s oldest city and is famous for its harbour, beaches, and iconic landmarks (the Opera House, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour).

Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city and often features on the list of the most expensive cities in the world. It has vast amounts of natural beauty, a huge cultural beating heart, and an epic entertainment scene. It hosts the famous Sydney Mardi Gras (Australia’s biggest LGBT parade). It’s been named the sixth-best city for students and has several world-class universities.

Moving to New South Wales

Are you interested in living and settling in NSW? New South Wales offers a multitude of experiences, with plenty of […]
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May 30, 2024
Moving to NSW

Are you interested in living and settling in NSW?

New South Wales offers a multitude of experiences, with plenty of things to see and do which suit all tastes and interests. Read on to find information on almost everything that is associated with moving to NSW…

Moving to the Gold Coast (QLD)

The Gold Coast is a vibrant modern city built on 57km of beautiful coastline with all year sunshine. The Gold […]
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May 30, 2024
Moving to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a vibrant modern city built on 57km of beautiful coastline with all year sunshine.

The Gold Coast is surrounded by stunning beaches, lush rainforests and a relaxed lifestyle. It is a playground of theme parks, watersports, top-end shops, delicious food and exciting nightlife. Its home to Australia’s most famous theme parks including Dreamworld, Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild.

Moving to Canberra (ACT)

Canberra is Australia’s capital and therefore home to Parliament. It is also one of its smallest cities, with a population […]
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May 30, 2024
Moving to Canberra

Canberra is Australia’s capital and therefore home to Parliament. It is also one of its smallest cities, with a population of just under 500,000.

The weather changes markedly from season to season. Canberra has low humidity, dry heat in summer, and cool winters, including frosts.

“Criminally overlooked Canberra packs a big punch for such a small city.” That’s what Lonely Planet thinks. Named #3 best city to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 – ranking higher than any Australian city has ever been ranked before.

Moving to Adelaide (SA)

Adelaide is ranked as the fifth-most livable city in the world for the second year running. Adelaide is the capital […]
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May 30, 2024
Moving to Adelaide Australia

Adelaide is ranked as the fifth-most livable city in the world for the second year running.

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia. With a Mediterranean climate and relaxed lifestyle, the city offers an amazing quality of life, affordable housing, and good economic opportunities.

KiwiSaver for your Home Deposit

Use your KiwiSaver towards your home deposit for your first Australian home with First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS)! The […]
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May 30, 2024
Use KiwiSaver to buy a home in Australia

Use your KiwiSaver towards your home deposit for your first Australian home with First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS)!

The Australia Government First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS) – lets you withdraw some of your KiwiSaver to help buy your first Australian home.

Yes, you read right… There is quite a history with this, but once again New Zealanders moving to Australia can transfer their KiwiSaver to Australia and use some of it as a deposit for their first home. You must meet the criteria the ATO set and ensure you set up the right account with the right super fund provider.

Buying a house in Australia

Are you a New Zealander wanting to buy a house in Australia? Yes, you can! If you’re an NZ citizen […]
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May 29, 2024
Buying a house in Australia

Are you a New Zealander wanting to buy a house in Australia?

Yes, you can! If you’re an NZ citizen buying property in Australia, everything works the same as if you were an Australian citizen buying property in Australia. You may even be eligible for the first homeowner’s grant.

However, if you are not an NZ citizen, depending on your visa and residence status, there are some restrictions for foreigners wanting to buy property in Australia.

Find below some advice on buying your dream home in Australia and some smart tips to avoid paying more than you need in fees and charges.

Medicare Australia

How you apply for medicare Australia, what are you entitled to, what are the costs of healthcare, medicines through PBS, […]
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May 30, 2024
Medicare Australia

How you apply for medicare Australia, what are you entitled to, what are the costs of healthcare, medicines through PBS, and more?

Medicare is a publicly funded universal health care scheme in Australia. Operated by the government authority Medicare Australia, Medicare is the primary funder of health care in Australia, funding primary health care for Australian citizens and permanent residents (except for those on Norfolk Island).

Residents are entitled to subsidised treatment from medical practitioners, eligible midwives, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals who have been issued a Medicare provider number and can also obtain free treatment in public hospitals.

As an NZ Citizen, you are eligible for Medicare Australia. However, you need to either live in Australia for 6 months or provide proof that you’ll be living here for the next 6 months.

Costs of medication and operations in Australia

Are you moving to Australia and want to know if your medication or needed operation is subsidised by the Australian […]
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May 28, 2024

Are you moving to Australia and want to know if your medication or needed operation is subsidised by the Australian Government? Find out how much things cost in Australia.

There are many things to consider when moving to Australia, and whether you can still get the prescription medication you need is high on the list.

There also might be an operation you’ve been told you might need, and you want to know if you will be covered under Medicare and how much it will cost.

Renting and accommodation in Australia

Moving to Australia and needing somewhere to live? Find out about short-term living options in Australia, finding a home to […]
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May 29, 2024
Renting and accommodation in Australia

Moving to Australia and needing somewhere to live?

Find out about short-term living options in Australia, finding a home to rent, flatting, what documents you need and more.

It’s tough landing in a new country without somewhere to go from the airport, especially if you have a family. I get a lot of enquiries about where to stay when you first arrive before you can get a rental in Australia because it’s almost impossible to get one before you leave New Zealand.

The Australian rental market is quite similar to NZ but Australia is so much bigger, so it’s more competitive than New Zealand for both renting and buying.

Like New Zealand, there are positives and negatives to each city and each suburb and it is important to do research before you leave New Zealand, especially before you make any fixed arrangements.

Surcharge purchaser duty law change

There has been a significant change in the surcharge purchaser duty law in New South Wales (NSW), affecting citizens of […]
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There has been a significant change in the surcharge purchaser duty law in New South Wales (NSW), affecting citizens of certain countries.

As of April 8, 2024, citizens of New Zealand, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, South Africa, and Switzerland, who were previously exempt due to international tax treaties, may now be subject to paying surcharge purchaser duty if they enter into an agreement to purchase residential property in NSW.

Surcharge purchaser duty is mandatory for those considered foreign persons acquiring residential-related property in NSW. Currently set at 8% of the dutiable value, which is the greater of the purchase price or property value, this duty is paid in addition to transfer duty.

You will be exempt if you’ve been in Australia for at least 200 days within the 12-month period before the date of the contract.

Delay in processing pension applications

Australian Age Pension applications taking months to be processed, reports claim. Multiple New Zealanders who have moved to Australia have […]
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Australian Age Pension applications taking months to be processed, reports claim.

Multiple New Zealanders who have moved to Australia have advised me that there is a backlog of pension applications. If you pass the income and asset tests, it’s important to apply as soon as you arrive. You can lodge an Age Pension application up to 13 weeks before you reach eligibility age (between 66.5 and 67).

A claim for the age pension is meant to have a “timeliness standard” of 49 days, but in December last year, the average processing time was 91 days, up from 61 in August and 35 days in the 2021-22 financial year.

Your application will be backdated to the date of your application. However, the NZ pension is way more generous and has not been income- and asset-tested. Therefore if you are not eligible for the full Australian Age Pension, you are best to wait until you have received your NZ pension for 26 weeks and then apply for the Australian Age Pension.

Australian Age Pension

Are New Zealanders able to get the age pension in Australia? Yes! But there is more to it. Here is […]
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May 28, 2024
Australian age pension

Are New Zealanders able to get the age pension in Australia? Yes! But there is more to it. Here is all the information you need to know…

New Zealanders who are 67 years or older and live in Australia should be eligible for an Australian Age Pension. As long as they meet the resident, income, and asset eligibility criteria.

Please note that the eligibility criteria has recently been changed, so you will need to wait until you are now 67 to receive the Australian Age Pension if you were born on or after 1 January 1957. Read more below.

Under Australia’s international social security agreement with New Zealand, NZ citizens living in Australia can apply for the Australian Age Pension (over 67 years, see below), Disability Support Pension (DSP) (if they are severely disabled), and Carer Payment (if they are caring for a partner on DSP), irrespective of whether they are protected or non-protected SCV holders.

Documentation needed when moving to Australia

Don’t get caught out arriving in Australia without the documentation/paperwork you need! It will cause you a whole lot of […]
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May 28, 2024
Documentation needed when moving to Australia

Don’t get caught out arriving in Australia without the documentation/paperwork you need!

It will cause you a whole lot of stress, time, and worry!

Australia can be really competitive when it comes to jobs, apartments, and rentals. You might end up in a position where everyone wants the apartment you want, and you need to stand out (references).

You will need to prove your identity when applying for a property rental, driver’s licence, a white card or Medicare card, or setting up a mobile or superannuation account.

Having a baby in Australia

Do New Zealanders get free maternity care in Australia? Do we get free midwife services and child delivery services in […]
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May 30, 2024
Having a baby in Australia

Do New Zealanders get free maternity care in Australia? Do we get free midwife services and child delivery services in Australia? Do we receive Parental Leave Pay?

The cost of having a baby will vary depending on whether you give birth in the public or private system. In Australia, pregnancy care in a public hospital or birth centre is free because it is covered by Medicare, which covers New Zealanders on an SCV, Australian citizens, and some visitors to Australia. We can also receive some Government payments.

We are eligible for Parental Leave Pay as New Zealand citizens living in Australia on an SCV and don’t have to wait the two-year wait period for newly arrived residents. However, you do need to meet the income and work tests. Read more below.

Single parent moving to Australia from New Zealand

If you are a single parent wanting to move to Australia and are unsure of your options, the below will […]
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May 28, 2024
Single parent working from home

If you are a single parent wanting to move to Australia and are unsure of your options, the below will hopefully help.

If you are wondering what government support you can receive when you arrive in Australia as a single parent, you should be eligible for these payments: Family Tax Benefit, Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement, Single Income Family Supplement, Child Care Subsidy, Double Orphan Pension and Health Care Card.

Australia Buyers Agents

What is a buyer’s agent, and why should you consider using one? In Australia, a lot of home purchases use […]
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May 28, 2024

What is a buyer’s agent, and why should you consider using one?

In Australia, a lot of home purchases use a buyer agent (also known as a buyer’s advocate) to help them through the purchasing process. If you are planning on purchasing from New Zealand, you will probably need one.

Whether you’re a time-poor buyer or unfamiliar with the local market, a professional buyer’s agent will help make your property journey smooth and stress-free.

Moving Company to Australia

Should you take your belongings to Australia or buy new ones there? Find out… Moving is one of the most […]
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May 30, 2024
Moving Company to Australia

Should you take your belongings to Australia or buy new ones there? Find out…

Moving is one of the most stressful things we do. Moving to Australia wants to make your move easier. Here, you will find tips and advice on moving your personal effects to Australia from New Zealand that will help remove a lot of the stress from this process.

Celebrating 15 years!

I can’t believe I’ve been working on Moving to Australia for 15 years! Answering visitor’s questions, updating the content, adding […]
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May 28, 2024

I can’t believe I’ve been working on Moving to Australia for 15 years!

Answering visitor’s questions, updating the content, adding more content and constantly improving. 

Moving to Australia has grown organically over the years, and I honestly love my job. 

By nature, I love to get the best deal available for any product or service. I always research any product or company thoroughly and evaluate all my options. So trust me, I’ve done the research for you.

How to secure a car loan as a new arrival to Australia

Let’s face it: life is easier with a car… Moving across the ditch permanently? Though Australia’s capital cities are pretty […]
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May 28, 2024

Let’s face it: life is easier with a car…

Moving across the ditch permanently? Though Australia’s capital cities are pretty well covered with public transport, you really need a set of wheels to get around effectively. Doing the weekly grocery shop and catching trains and buses isn’t any fun! That and the cost of taxis or Uber can add up pretty quickly.

Even though you can hit the ground running when it comes to work in Australia, it’s not the same with loans and finance. Find below the process of car ownership in Australia from whoa to go. That means a smooth experience with no hassles, and you get to explore the land down under quicker than you can say g’day, mate!

More New Zealanders are moving to Australia

Are you one of the thousands of Kiwis considering moving to Australia for a better quality of life? New Zealanders […]
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May 28, 2024

Are you one of the thousands of Kiwis considering moving to Australia for a better quality of life?

New Zealanders have been moving to Australia forever, but the exodus has been considerably higher since mid-2022 and into early 2023. With the New Zealand housing market being the slowest it’s been in 40 years, New Zealanders aren’t waiting to sell their homes before they make the move.

With higher wages, lower rents, and only four years until Australian citizenship, Australia’s grass is definitely looking greener!

The new direct pathway to Australian citizenship has been motivation for a lot of these Kiwis moving to OZ. You can read more about the new direct pathway to Australian citizenship in my post.

Foreign Exchange/Money Transfer

How to get the best exchange rate on every money transfer. Transfer money from New Zealand to Australia. Transferring your […]
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May 28, 2024
Foreign Exchange/Money Transfer

How to get the best exchange rate on every money transfer. Transfer money from New Zealand to Australia.

Transferring your hard-earned money from New Zealand to Australia is a big deal. It is important to use a trusted foreign exchange partner and make sure you get a great exchange rate and pay as little in fees as possible.

From our research, online money transfer companies offer the best rates, with less margin compared to banks and no fees. Save money. Find out why and how.

Direct pathway to citizenship for New Zealanders in Australia

Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens can become Australian citizens (by conferral). From 1 July 2023, there is a […]
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May 29, 2024
New pathway to citizenship for New Zealanders in Australia

Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens can become Australian citizens (by conferral).

From 1 July 2023, there is a new direct pathway to Australian citizenship for eligible New Zealand citizens who have lived in Australia for over four years.

On the 22nd of April 2023, Australia announced a new direct pathway to citizenship for eligible NZ citizens who have been living in Australia on a valid visa for 4 years immediately before the day they apply. They must not have been absent from Australia for more than 12 months in total in the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in total in the 12 months immediately before applying.

The new law will apply to Kiwis on temporary, special category visas (SCV) who have arrived since 2001, lived in Australia for four years, and meet the standard criteria for citizenship—such as an English test, demonstrating “adequate knowledge” of Australia, and character checks and intention to reside in Australia.

There is no income threshold or health check required.

New Utility Connection Service

When you move to Australia, you are going to need a utility connection service. You will not have the paperwork […]
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May 30, 2024
New Utility Connection Service Australia

When you move to Australia, you are going to need a utility connection service.

You will not have the paperwork you need to connect your utilities direct, e.g. electricity, gas, broadband, pay TV and more.

Save yourself research time and stress by filling out one online form.

When I tried to connect our utilities for our new home in Australia, I researched all the major companies for each of our main services: Foxtel/Sky TV, power/electricity, phone, and broadband. I weighed up all the different packages on offer and decided on the best deals.

When I went to set up my accounts, I found out we didn’t have any of the paperwork the companies needed! We didn’t have proof of address, three months’ wages, or three months’ bank statements from an Australian bank.

Driving and Licences in Australia

Can you drive in Australia on your current driver’s licence? Do you need to convert to an Australian one? And […]
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May 28, 2024
Driving and Licences in Australia

Can you drive in Australia on your current driver’s licence? Do you need to convert to an Australian one? And buying a car… what you should know.

You can drive on your NZ license for up to 3 months in Australia. Then you must transfer your New Zealand driver’s licence to an Australian licence to drive legally. Find out how below, state by state…

When you first get to Australia, you will probably need to utilise Australia’s fine public transport when you are looking for a car. Uber is available in Australia. You can easily rent a car when you first get there and pick it up from the airport, which makes exploring your new city easier.

Australian Super

Australia Super is a retirement savings account available to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens. It is a […]
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May 28, 2024
Australian Super

Australia Super is a retirement savings account available to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens.

It is a mandatory contribution that is made by employers on behalf of their employees, and it is designed to help individuals save for their retirement.

Australian Health Care System

Medicare Australia, health insurance, to-do list… what you need to know about the Australian health care system. Medicare is Australia’s […]
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May 28, 2024
Australian Health Care System

Medicare Australia, health insurance, to-do list… what you need to know about the Australian health care system.

Medicare is Australia’s main healthcare government-funded scheme. New Zealand citizens can enrol in Medicare immediately (recommended a week after you arrive) if they provide proof that they’ll be living in Australia for the next 6 months (see below). You can enrol any time in the 6 months after you first arrive in Australia.

Until you enrol, you can get healthcare under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement. This covers essential treatment in a public hospital. You can’t enrol or get a Medicare card until you prove you live in Australia.

Schools in Australia

Find out about Australian schooling, which year will your child move into from NZ, primary and secondary school and what […]
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May 29, 2024
Schools in Australia

Find out about Australian schooling, which year will your child move into from NZ, primary and secondary school and what you need to get organised.

I found it quite hard to find information on Australian schools online, and it wasn’t until I had kids that I figured out how it all worked. The below will definitely help you find your child a good school to move to in Australia.

Below, you will find Australian school term dates, which vary from state to state, where to find schools in the area you’re moving to, top-ranked schools and what paperwork you need to get from your child’s current school to give to their new school in Australia.

White Card Australia

Planning on working on a construction site in Australia? You will need a white card. Workers on Australian construction sites […]
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May 29, 2024

Planning on working on a construction site in Australia? You will need a white card.

Workers on Australian construction sites must have a construction induction card (White Card) before starting work. Workers must show their white card to the PCBU on the site and to any inspectors who ask to see it.

White cards are recognised Australia-wide.

Australian Visa

Moving to Australia and don’t know if you need a visa? As a New Zealander, you have a unique opportunity […]
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May 29, 2024
Australian Visa

Moving to Australia and don’t know if you need a visa?

As a New Zealander, you have a unique opportunity if you’re considering a move to Australia. New Zealand and Australia have a Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement that allows their citizens to visit, study, live and work in either NZ or Australia for as long or little as they want.

Australia announced on 22 April 2023 a new direct pathway to citizenship for eligible New Zealand citizens who have lived in Australia for at least 4 years immediately before the day you apply.

The changes will come into effect from July 1 this year and be retrospective.

Read more on my direct pathway to citizenship for New Zealanders in Australia post.

As an NZ citizen, you will be automatically granted a non-protected Special Category Visa (SCV) when you process through Australian border control, subject to meeting the health and character requirements. There is no mention of this at border control. It all happens electronically. The SCV is automatically cancelled upon departing Australia.