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 imprisioned for over a year, you will need to apply for an Australian Visa.
If you are a New Zealand citizen with criminal convictions, no matter how long ago your convictions were, or whether they have been removed from government records, you are required to obtain written confirmation from DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) before you travel to Australia.
Please download the Consent to Disclosure of Information form below. This will allow the NZ Police to provide the Australian Consulate-General with details of your criminal history and save you time and stress when entering Australia.
Complete the form and post it to :
Pricewaterhouse Coopers Tower
186-194 Quay Street
The Police will forward the results of your police check direct to the Australian Consulate-General in Auckland. You will then be informed in writing whether or not you need to lodge an application for a visa to enter Australia.
If a visa application is required the application form including a check list will be sent to you. If required to lodge a visa application, please do so at the Australian Consulate-General in Auckland.
Once the application is received it will be forwarded to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in Melbourne, Australia for the assessment of your character, while all other processing will occur in Auckland.
You will then be advised of the outcome of your visa application. The time frame for the assessments of your character by DIAC in Melbourne will vary depending upon the specifics of your circumstances, but can take up to several months.
You may not pass the character requirements in some circumstances. These include if:
Even if you fail the good character test, you may still be able to get a visa. Good behaviour can save the day! The Immigration Department look at your behaviour since sentencing. If you think this may help your case, consider providing evidence of your good behaviour since.
As above, no matter what the fine, you are required to obtain written confirmation from DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) before you travel to Australia.
If the DUI is the only conviction you have, it shouldn’t stop you from moving to Australia. However, make sure you’ve paid the fine.
If you have unpaid court fines or owe reparations payments, you may be stopped from leaving the country at the airport. Remember that parking tickets can become court fines if not paid on time.
You can request your own criminal conviction history for free from NZ Government Ministry of Justice – https://www.justice.govt.nz/criminal-records/get-your-own/.