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 as seamless and stress-free as possible. If you’re looking at moving […]
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Apr 4, 2024

We’re here to help make your move to Australia as seamless and stress-free as possible.

If you’re looking at moving 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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Apr 4, 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 that are going, and those that have gone, then dived into the statistics, to find out.

Surcharge purchaser duty law change

It seems there’s been a significant change in the surcharge purchaser duty law in New South Wales (NSW), affecting citizens […]
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Apr 12, 2024
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It seems there’s 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.

For those considered foreign persons acquiring residential-related property in NSW, surcharge purchaser duty is mandatory. 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.

Delay in processing pension applications

Australian Age Pension applications taking months to be processed, reports claim. I have been advised by multiple New Zealanders who […]
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Apr 5, 2024
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Australian Age Pension applications taking months to be processed, reports claim.

I have been advised by multiple New Zealanders who have moved to Australia that there is a backlog of pension applications, and it’s important to apply as soon as you arrive, if you pass the income and asset tests. 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 not 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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Apr 5, 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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Mar 25, 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.

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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Mar 28, 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 there are some restrictions for foreigners wanting to buy property in Australia, depending on your visa and residence status.

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

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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Mar 4, 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. And we can 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 newly arrived residents wait period of 2 years. 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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Feb 16, 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.

Medicare Australia

How to apply, what you’re entitled to, costs of healthcare, medicines through PBS and more… Medicare is a publicly funded […]
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Feb 8, 2024
Medicare Australia

How to apply, what you’re entitled to, 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 do need to either be living in Australia for 6 months or provide proof that you’ll be living here for the next 6 months.

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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Feb 16, 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 and 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 should you buy new ones over there? Find out… Moving is one […]
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Dec 14, 2023
Moving Company to Australia

Should you take your belongings to Australia or should you buy new ones over 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 actually can’t believe I’ve working on Moving to Australia for 15 years! Answering visitor’s questions, updating the content, adding […]
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Nov 7, 2023

I actually can’t believe I’ve 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 and always research thoroughly any product or company 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 if easier with a car… Moving across the ditch permanently? Though Australia’s capital cities are pretty […]
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Oct 30, 2023

Let’s face it, life if 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 catching trains and buses isn’t any fun! That and the cost of taxis or Ubers 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, 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 weighing up the move to Australia for a better quality of life? […]
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Sep 12, 2023

Are you one of the thousands of Kiwis weighing up the move to Australia for a better quality of life?

New Zealanders have been moving to Australia forever, but since mid-2022 and into early 2023, the exodus has been considerably higher. And 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 Australia offering 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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Sep 12, 2023
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 give you 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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Mar 28, 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 and lived in Australia for four years and meet the standard criteria for citizenship – such as an English test, demonstrating “adequate knowledge” of Australia, and including 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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Sep 11, 2023
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 made my decision on what were 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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Sep 12, 2023
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.

In Australia, you can drive on your NZ license for up to 3 months. Then you will need to transfer your New Zealand driver’s licence to an Australian licence in order 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 while 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

The Australia Super is a type of retirement savings account that is available to Australian citizens, permanent residents and New […]
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Sep 12, 2023
Australian Super

The Australia Super is a type of retirement savings account that is 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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Sep 12, 2023
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 schools, which year will your child move into from NZ, primary and secondary school and what […]
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Sep 12, 2023
Schools in Australia

Find out about Australian schools, 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 I figured out how it all works. 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 Workers must have a construction induction card (White Card) before starting […]
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Nov 7, 2023

Planning on working on a construction site in Australia

Workers must have a construction induction card (White Card) before starting any work on a construction site. 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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Apr 4, 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.

Australian Mortgage

Need a mortgage to buy your new home in Australia? Then you need Australia’s Online Mortgage Broker. Are you a […]
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Sep 12, 2023
UNO home loans

Need a mortgage to buy your new home in Australia? Then you need Australia’s Online Mortgage Broker.

Are you a New Zealander thinking about buying property in Australia? Getting a mortgage in Australia isn’t always easy and trusting someone to get you the best deal possible is important.

UNO home loans, Australia’s Online Mortgage Broker combines Unparalleled Service with technology to streamline the entire process of getting and having a mortgage so you save time, hassle and money for the entire time you have a home loan.

Student Loans

Do you want to know if you can get a student loan in Australia? Or do you have an NZ […]
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Sep 12, 2023
NZ Student Loans

Do you want to know if you can get a student loan in Australia? Or do you have an NZ student loan and want to know your commitments while living in Australia?

Generally, New Zealanders on an SCV are not able to get an Australia student loan, known as a HELP loan, unless they have been living in Australia for 10 years. Read more below.

Regarding your NZ student loan, if you’re going overseas for 6 months or more your New Zealand student loan won’t be interest-free. Below is all the information you need, including repayment amounts and a student loan repayment calculator.

Australian Tax

Australian tax file number, tax rates, tax calculator and find a tax agent/accountant. The Australian tax system works pretty similarly […]
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Oct 10, 2023
Australian Tax

Australian tax file number, tax rates, tax calculator and find a tax agent/accountant.

The Australian tax system works pretty similarly to New Zealand. The Australian Tax Office/Department is the equivalent of the IRD in New Zealand.

Your employer will pay tax to the Australian Tax Department/Office on your behalf. If you are self-employed you will need to file your own tax returns, so you will need to get an Australian tax accountant to help you file everything correctly.

Become an Australian Citizen

Are you a New Zealander moving or living in Australia? Find out how to get the same benefits as an […]
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Sep 12, 2023
Become An Australian Permanent Resident and Australia Citizen

Are you a New Zealander moving or living in Australia? Find out how to get the same benefits as an Australian.

New Zealand citizens with a valid New Zealand passport are able to move to Australia from New Zealand without having to apply for a visa. We apply and get granted a Special Category Visa 444 (SCV) simply by processing through border control. You must meet the character requirements, see below.

After you have been living in Australia for four years, you are able to apply to become an Australian citizen. We no longer need to apply for a Australian permanent visa (permanent resident) first.

International Pet Transport

Get your pet safely to Australia with you I’ve thoroughly researched your options to take your beloved pet safely to […]
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Sep 12, 2023
International Pet Transport

Get your pet safely to Australia with you

I’ve thoroughly researched your options to take your beloved pet safely to Australia with you. Below is a step-by-step guide outlining the eligibility and requirements for your cat or dog to move from New Zealand to Australia.

To move your pet to Australia from New Zealand, you will need to follow the guidelines set by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Cats and dogs coming to Australia from New Zealand do not require an import permit. There is no Australian post-entry quarantine period.

Open an Australian Bank Account

Moving to Australia? Start your new life today, with Australia’s leading bank. Say hello to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. […]
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Apr 11, 2024
Open an Australian Bank account

Moving to Australia? Start your new life today, with Australia’s leading bank.

Say hello to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

We’d like to introduce you to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. They’re known to Aussies as CommBank.

Meet the bank more new arrivals choose.

Moving to Australia with a criminal conviction?

What convictions stop you from entering Australia as a New Zealand Citizen? If you are a New Zealander with a […]
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Sep 12, 2023
Moving to Australia with a criminal conviction

What convictions stop you from entering Australia as a New Zealand Citizen?

If you are a New Zealander with a criminal history then you will need to get written confirmation of your criminal history from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) before you travel to Australia. If you have been imprisoned for over a year, you will need to apply for an Australian Visa.

Moving to Australia Process

Are you one of the many New Zealanders who are moving to Australia? Australia is one of the main destinations […]
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Sep 13, 2023
Moving to Australia Process

Are you one of the many New Zealanders who are moving to Australia?

Australia is one of the main destinations for New Zealanders looking for a change of scenery, better climate, job opportunities/or they want to earn more, be closer to family/friends, a new lifestyle or simply a change because we can move to Australia so easily from NZ.

Check out the below ‘To Do List’ to know what you need to do before you leave and what you need to do once you’re there.

Private Health Insurance

Do you need it, how much does it cost and where to compare policies… If you are making plans to […]
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Sep 13, 2023
Private Health Insurance

Do you need it, how much does it cost and where to compare policies…

If you are making plans to move to Australia, applying for health insurance is an important part of the process. Aside from that, it’s always a good idea to prepare for the unexpected.

In Australia, the public health system Medicare covers most Australian residents for health care. However, Medicare does not cover everything and you can choose to take out private health insurance to give yourself a wider range of healthcare options and more comprehensive coverage.

Australia’s First Home Owners Grant?

Are New Zealand citizens eligible for the First Home Owners Grant in Australia? The First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) in […]
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Sep 13, 2023
First Home Owners Grant

Are New Zealand citizens eligible for the First Home Owners Grant in Australia?

The First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) in Australia is designed to encourage and assist home ownership across the country, and for eligible borrowers, it’s a great start to life as a property owner.

The grant differs in each state and territory and in most places it applies to new homes only.

The Australian government’s First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) and other benefits are available to permanent residents as if they are citizens of Australia. Because NZ citizens are considered to be permanent residents of Australia they are eligible for the grant.

FHOG does not take into account NZ property for eligibility, only property you’ve owned in Australia.

Moving to Australia Checklist

What you need to do when Below is our Moving to Australia Checklist (Pre Move Planner). Let us help you […]
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Sep 13, 2023
Moving to Australia Checklist

What you need to do when

Below is our Moving to Australia Checklist (Pre Move Planner). Let us help you organize and plan your move. You can download a printable version here, ready for you to print and put on your fridge – MTA-MovePlannerChecklist.pdf.