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 citizen’s to visit, study, live and work in either NZ or Australia for as long or little as they want.

As a NZ citizen you will be automatically be granted an Special Category Visa (SCV) when you process through Australia border control. Tthere is no mention of this at border control. It all happens electronically. However, there are a couple of requirements… 

If you are not an NZ citizen, the process is quite different as you will need to apply and be granted a visa before you can travel to Australia. For more information on Australian Visa’s please visit the Australian Government – Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

In this post you will find information on:

What is an Australian visa?

Visas are legal documents issued by a country that allow those from another country to reside in the issuing country.

In 1973 the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement was entered into. This allows Australian and New Zealand citizens to enter each other’s country to visit, live and work, without the need to apply for a visa/authority to enter the other country.

Movement between these two countries is generally 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.

What Australian visa do New Zealanders need?

You do not need to apply for a visa before you leave NZ. 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, and will automatically receive a Special Category Visa (SCV). The SCV is recorded electronically.

To be granted an SCV when you enter Australia you must:

  • complete an Incoming Passenger Card, and
  • show a valid New Zealand passport to an officer.

If you meet the eligibility requirements (below), you will be granted an SCV. This will also happen if you use the SmartGate.

If you leave Australia your SCV will cease. Next time you enter Australia, they will grant you a new SCV if you meet the eligibility requirements.

The SCV is a temporary visa. SCV holders do not have the same rights and benefits as Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Note that New Zealand permanent residents are not entitled to the Special Category Visa. You will need to apply for a visa to live and work in Australia. Read on to find out how.

Do you meet the requirements for an SCV?

Of course there are some restrictions on the SCV for New Zealanders moving to Australia, but only two.

  1. Do you have any criminal convictions?  If you have been imprisoned for more than a year you will need to apply for a visa to move to Australia. Find out more here.
  2. Tuberculosis? If you have untreated tuberculosis you may not be allowed to enter Australia. Email ttsauckland@ttepl.com for further advice.

Special category visa exclusions

Unfortunately the SCV does have a few exclusion that will affect you and your families entitlements while living in Australia and a couple of these are quite big e.g. not all benefits, no student loans.

There are also wait times until you can receive government help, see below.

You can find out more on my SCV exclusions post. 

Entitlements for SCV holders

You can visit, study, live and work in Australia for as long as you want. An SCV should entitle you to the below. Please note, some government help might still have a waiting period (info below):

  • Medicare – Medicare is Australia’s universal health insurance scheme. It guarantees all Australians (and some overseas visitors) access to a wide range of health and hospital services at low or no cost.
  • Family assistance payments – payments and services to help with the cost of raising a child.
  • Rent assistance – a regular extra payment if you pay rent and get certain payments from us.
  • Age pension – the main income support payment for people who have reached Age Pension age.
  • Disability pension – financial help if you have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops you from working.
  • Carer payment – a payment if you give constant care to someone who has a severe disability, illness, or an adult who is frail aged.
  • Student loans – a voluntary loan you can get up to twice a year if you’re an eligible higher education student (after you’ve lived in Australia for 10 years).

The Parliament of Australia website has a quick guide to entitlements.

Please note, that most of the above government benefits/support have wait times before you can claim them (see below). 

What you are not entitled to as a temporary visa holder

Temporary visa holders are not entitled to:

You may be able to vote if you were already enrolled on 25 January 1984. You can find out from the Australian Electoral Commission

Entitlements for eligible New Zealand citizens

See Eligible New Zealand citizen for further information.

Eligible New Zealand citizen (or protected SCV holders) may be entitled to more benefits. These include:

You can contact the relevant department to find out if you are eligible. 

Newly arrived resident’s waiting period

Once you’ve arrived in Australia, you may have to wait to get payments or concession cards. You can read the below information on the Australia government website.

The newly arrived resident’s waiting period (NARWP) is time spent in Australia as an Australian resident. This means, if you travel overseas, the time you’re away from Australia won’t count towards the waiting period.

New residents may have to wait up to 4 years before they can get most Australia government payments or concession and health care cards. A maximum 2 year waiting period applies if you’re the holder of either:

  • an Orphan Relative visa (subclass 117 or 837)
  • a Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115 and 835).

There are some exemptions to the NARWP.

Holders of permanent residence visa or specified visa subclass granted after 1 January 2019

If you got your permanent residence visa or Special Category Visa (SCV) holder on or after 1 January 2019, the following waiting periods apply.

4 year waiting period

There’s a 4 year waiting period for the following payments and concessions:

2 year waiting period

There’s a 2 year waiting period for the following payments:

You may be an Australian citizen and started living in Australia for the first time. In this case there’s a 2 year waiting period for Parenting Payment single and partnered.

1 year waiting period

There’s a 1 year waiting period for:

There’s no waiting period for Family Tax Benefit Part B.

Holders of visas granted before 1 January 2019 and Orphan Relative / Remaining Relative visas, read more here.

New Zealand visa waiting periods

You may need to have a permanent residence visa before the Australia government can look at time you’ve spent in Australia. This will happen if you arrive on a New Zealand passport with a Special Category Visa (SCV) holder.

You don’t need a permanent residence visa to claim any of these:

Read more about New Zealand citizens claiming payments in Australia.   

Your family

If you are a New Zealand citizen and your family members are:

If you have had a New Zealand citizen baby born in Australia please see you had a baby​ for further information.​​ 

Permanent residence and citizenship

To sponsor a family member for Australian permanent residence, you must be​:

If you are a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and your children were born in Australia, they may already be Australian citizens. You can apply for their proof of citizenship.

Read my post becoming an Australia permanent resident and then citizen for more information or visit the Australia government site ‘become an Australian citizen​‘.  

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 NZ citizen to visit, study, live and work in Australia lawfully as long as that person remains a NZ citizen.

If you want to stay in Australia as a permanent visa holder, you can choose to apply for a permanent visa. Becoming an Australian permanent resident by holding a permanent visa may allow you to access extra entitlements. It may also allow you to apply for Australia citizenship.

Read my post become an Australian Permanent Resident then Australia Citizen.  

Professional immigration services

Specialist immigration companies save you time, money and stress when applying for a visa. You are able to research and apply for visa yourself on the Australian Government – Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

However, immigration specialists are able to offer you professional advice and assistance when applying for any of the below visa’s or even deciding what visa is right for you, if any:

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

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.

I don’t currently have an immigration specialist partner, however I recommend you check out IMMagine: http://www.immigration.co.nz/. They offer a free preliminary evaluation to establish which Visa category may suit you and whether it’s worth your while ordering a comprehensive full assessment. Not many immigration companies do this. Next step is a full assessment where IMMagine will develop your detailed strategy, timeline and pricing structure in-person or on Skype. Naturally, a small cost applies for this full and comprehensive assessment.

About IMMagine

For nearly 30 years, IMMagine Australia and New Zealand have assisted migrants from all over the globe to move and settle in these two great countries.

They have delivered residence of both countries to close to 30,000 people since 1990, with a success rate of more than 99 percent and are acknowledged as leaders in this profession on both sides of the Tasman Sea.

They understand the process of migration at a personal level and are not in the business of simply telling you what forms to fill in and lodge; they go beyond that. They become your allies and advocates and represent you to the Australian or New Zealand government in the most professional manner and leaving nothing to chance.

Complete a free preliminary evaluation and establish which Visa category may suit you and whether your dream of moving to Australia can become reality: http://www.immigration.co.nz/assessments/free-evaluation/.

For a small fee (AUD$15.00) you can post your question online and one of the IMMagine team will be in touch with your answer within 24 hours (usually same day response). This service is designed for people who need quick access to accurate information, but don’t want to trawl through the internet to find the answers or commit to anything just yet. Most importantly, your questions are answered by licensed advisers living in New Zealand or Australia.

Criminal conviction?

If you are moving to Australia and have been in court for anything please read this page and all the comments: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/are-you-wanting-to-move-to-australia-but-have-a-criminal-conviction/

Australia government websites

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:

You might be interested in…

The below posts might interest you:

Still got unanswered questions?

Ask them below in the comment section and I will get back to you asap. You might also find the answers in the questions other visitors have asked.

97 Comments

  1. Dayan

    May 10, 2022 at 10:41 am

    HI, I am planning on moving to Gold Coast and wanted to buy a house and was informed by some Kiwi friends that I can only buy a new home or land to build a home as a new migrant or NZ citizen of Australia. I was planning on buying an older home as I cannot afford a new house. Is this correct as I have read so many different things on this. Thanks and heaps.

    Reply
  2. Carolyn

    April 6, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Hi JJ,
    My husband and I are in the process of moving back to Australia in 3 months time.
    We lived In Australia from 1988 – 2012, when we moved back to NZ for Family reasons. We didn’t take out Citizenship before we came back.
    We still have our Superannuation and Australian Bank accounts.
    Can you tell us if we can still move back under the original conditions or under the new Visa requirements?
    Many thanks
    Carolyn

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      April 7, 2022 at 1:35 am

      Hi Carolyn,
      Thank you for your email.
      If you never applied for PR then you will be allocated a new SCV when you return.
      However, you will easily be able to apply for a Resident Return visa (subclasses 155 and 157): https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/become-an-australian-permanent-resident-and-australia-citizen/#Subclasses155and157ResidentReturnvisa.
      Australia Government description of the returning resident visa: if you leave Australia after your travel validity expires, or it expires when you are outside Australia, you will not be able to return to Australia as a permanent resident. This visa allows you to return as a permanent resident.
      This visa costs AUD$375 if you apply online, AUD$455 for each applicant if you apply on paper. While it is unlikely for this visa, you might have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics. We will advise you if these are required in your case.
      It takes between 2 days and 67 days to process. Generally, applications that meet the residence requirements will be processed within 5 working days from lodgement.
      Please note, that I am not an immigration specialist and can only advise from the information you have given me and what I can find online.
      Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.
      Good luck with your move.

      Reply
  3. Worried Mum

    March 21, 2022 at 6:50 am

    Hi there,
    I came across your website and found the information extremely informative. I am currently looking at moving to Australia for a better life for me and my one-year-old daughter. I have a partner who stays in Brisbane looking for a house for us to rent and we will be moving in with him which makes things easier!
    I guess I was wondering if you’re able to help me find out or have any advice around NZ parents moving to Australia and whether there is any financial help, we’re able to get! My current living situation isn’t the greatest and so we’re kind of wanting to move in the next month which is a super short time frame so any help would be appreciated!
    Thank you for your time and hopefully I hear from you soon!

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      March 21, 2022 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Neitjah,
      Thank you for your email.
      I’m sorry to hear your current situation isn’t the best. I hope Australia works out for you and your daughter.
      New Zealand citizens (on non-protected Special Category Visas) are entitled to family payments, including Family Tax Benefit, Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement, Child Care Subsidy and Parental Leave Pay, and medical care under Medicare.
      However, there are waiting periods depending on your residence status.
      If you got your permanent residence visa or Special Category Visa (SCV) holder on or after 1 January 2019, the following waiting periods apply.
      There’s a 4 year waiting period for the following payments and concessions:
      – Austudy
      – Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
      – Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card
      – Farm Household Allowance
      – JobSeeker Payment
      – Low Income Health Care Card
      – Mobility Allowance
      – Parenting Payment single and partnered
      – Pensioner Education Supplement
      – Special Benefit
      – Youth Allowance.
      There’s a 2 year waiting period for the following payments:
      – Carer Payment
      – Dad and Partner Pay
      – Parental Leave Pay.
      There’s a 1 year waiting period for:
      – Carer Allowance
      – Family Tax benefit Part A.
      There’s no waiting period for Family Tax Benefit Part B.
      Source: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/newly-arrived-residents-waiting-period?context=22136.
      It looks like you are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy, which is assistance to help you with the cost of child care: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/child-care-subsidy.
      The Australian government does not help support New Zealanders when they first move over. You will have to make sure you can afford to live there before you move.
      I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a more positive answer to your question.
      Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.
      Good luck with your move.

      Reply
  4. Abhy

    February 13, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Hi
    We are planning to move to Aussies this year end. We three are NZ citizens, but my husband hold Permanent residence. What visa he need to take to travel there.?? What type visa he needa to work in Aussies. I heard of 461visa… Can he apply for that immediately after arriving there. Any criterias for this visa….TIA

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  5. Lizy T

    May 8, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Good afternoon,
    I am enquiring to see you are able to offer any advise as I am struggling to get the answers from Immegration lawyers (mainly because they won’t reply and are not taking face to face meetings due to covid!) below is the last email I drafted to our lawyer which has all the questions I am looking for answers for:
    I am enquiring to see what the possibilities are for my family and I to move to Australia this year
    My two sons and I are New Zealand Citizens and my partner (and father of second son) is a permanent resident of NZ (uk citizen) he does have a historic drink driving conviction from 2012 which we understand we may have to take into account too although I have been told by AU Immegration that the charge should not deem him of bad character so shouldn’t be an issue?
    We have found the below visa online and read that we can apply for it when we arrive and that he would be eligible to live and stay whilst we await the visa to be granted (12-24months) but we of course want to be 100% sure that this is actually the case or if there will be any restrictions? If all is good then will a holiday visa be sufficient for him to enter in on and then we apply for the below once we arrive? Then use a bridging visa until we are granted the below? Is there any reason to think that he wouldn’t be granted the visa?
    https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/partner-onshore
    In addition to this I have just been offered a transfer from nz based role to New South Wales and can start in July/august so pressure is on now to sort this out .
    Thanks and kind regards,
    Lizy T

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      May 13, 2021 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Lizzy,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Unfortunately I am not an immigration specialist, so recommend you ask your question directly to IMMagine: http://www.immigration.co.nz/ask-us-question/ask-us/. For a small fee (AUD$15.00) you can post your question online and one of the IMMagine team will be in touch with your answer within 24 hours (usually same day response).
      Or you can get your partner to complete a free preliminary evaluation that will establish which Visa category may suit and whether it’s worth completing a full assessment: http://www.immigration.co.nz/assessments/free-evaluation/.
      I hope the above has helped. Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.

      Reply
  6. Jeremy

    March 14, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Hi,

    I am a New Zealand citizen and my Lithuanian partner has just been approved NZ residency.
    We are looking at our options of moving to Australia, but can you advise will she be able to work and live in Australia or will she be required to be a permanent resident first to get the SCV?
    Any info you could send would be appreciated thanks.

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      March 22, 2021 at 1:05 am

      Hi Jeremy,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Your partner would need to become a NZ Citizen before she would be eligible for an Special Category Visa (SCV) to enter Australia.
      New Zealand permanent resident’s need to apply for a visa if they want to visit Australia or move there. New Zealand residents or permanent residents do not qualify for a Special Category Visa.
      I recommend you contact IMMagine: http://www.immigration.co.nz/. They will be able to help you with the best path for you and your partner. Unfortunately I am not an immigration specialist.
      IMMagine offer a free preliminary evaluation to establish which Visa category may suit you and whether it’s worth your while ordering a comprehensive full assessment. Not many immigration companies do this. Next step is a full assessment where IMMagine will develop your detailed strategy, timeline and pricing structure in-person or on Skype. Naturally, a small cost applies for this full and comprehensive assessment.
      Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.

      Reply
  7. alex

    February 19, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Hi JJ,
    Trust you are well.

    My question is, if a Kiwi who is living in another country and married a wife over 10 years (she is not a Kiwi); they have 2 kids. Can she move to Australia together with his husband and the kids? If so, what visa will she require to live in Australia?

    Kind regards,
    Alex

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      February 21, 2021 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Alex,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Unfortunately I am not an immigration specialist so cannot advise you.
      I recommend you contact IMMagine, as they will be able to help you: http://www.immigration.co.nz/.
      They offer a free preliminary evaluation (http://www.immigration.co.nz/assessments/free-evaluation/) to establish which Visa category may suit you and whether it’s worth your while ordering a comprehensive full assessment (http://www.immigration.co.nz/assessments/full-assessment/). Not many immigration companies do this. Next step is a full assessment where IMMagine will develop your detailed strategy, timeline and pricing structure in-person or on Skype. Naturally, a small cost applies for this full and comprehensive assessment.
      You can also ask them the question for the small fee of AUD$15 and one of the team will be in touch with your answer within 24 hours (usually same day response), but you will need to include more information about your wife than you provided me: http://www.immigration.co.nz/ask-us-question/ask-us/.
      Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.
      Good luck with your move.

      Reply
  8. Caroline

    June 1, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Hi JJ,
    I hope you are doing well in these challenging times.
    We have moved to Melbourne in January. What a great timing!
    I am looking at working on our resident visa. But I have questions as I am not sure about the points I can claim or not.
    Do you have a reliable immigration agent you can recommend?
    An other question is about the pension should we stay in Australia.
    Is that correct that without a proper resident visa, New Zealanders are not eligible to receive a pension from the Australian government? But then we would not have the NZ one either?
    Thank you,
    Keep safe,
    Caroline

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      June 3, 2020 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Caroline,
      That’s great that you moved before Covid-19.
      Check out Immagine Immigration – http://www.immigration.co.nz/.
      They offer a free Preliminary Evaluations that let you know whether or not you’re a good candidate for migration – http://www.immigration.co.nz/assessments/free-evaluation/ and they can answer any questions you have.
      The free evaluation includes:
      – A basic overview of your information.
      – A licensed adviser will contact you to let you know whether they think it’s worth your while to take the next step in defining a strategy for your migration.
      If you’re really serious about moving to Australia then you can complete a full assessment – this option covers all your bases and provides you with a cost, timeline and strategy outline for a potential move.
      Immigration specialists save you a lot of time and give you a better chance of getting an Australia visa.
      Regarding Australia pensions, New Zealanders are eligible to get the pension in Australia. Here is a link to my post ‘Can a NZ citizen get an Australian benefit or pension?’ – https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/can-a-nz-citizen-get-an-australian-benefit-or-pension/.
      Thanks

      Reply
  9. Raymon Raj

    May 4, 2020 at 4:55 am

    Hi JJ how are you? I am from Malaysia and has been living and working in NZ for the past five years. I moved to NZ because my wife received a scholarship to pursue her PhD studies here. She has completed her studies and now working in NZ too. I have been thinking of getting a job in Australia but i don’t have a valid working visa. I have written to companies and recruitment agencies in Australia but they asked me to obtain a working visa first in order to be considered for roles there. I know getting a work visa sponsorship is hard but i don’t know where to start from. Are there anyways or options that i can take to get a working visa? FYI i am 46 and hold an MBA. I am currently waiting for my Permanent Resident status from IMMI NZ which was delayed due to the COVID thingy.

    I would also like to ask if a young student is pursuing a study in Aust, do the person get a working visa after completion of his or her studies? Like in NZ, if you complete a study, you are granted working visa by the govt. Is it the same in Aust? What happens if i pursue a study too? Will i get a work visa also?

    Thanks for your advice.

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      May 25, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      Hi Raymon,
      Thank you for your comment, but unfortunately I am unable to help.
      You are going to have to contact an immigration specialist. 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.
      I have never heard of a the Australia government granting working visa’s for this who have studied in Australia and can not find any info online regarding this sorry.
      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

      Reply
  10. Simon

    April 2, 2020 at 3:24 am

    Hi I have been Australia for 6 weeks caught out on an ad for work that was below min rate. And I could not stomach the bore water an got sick an had to leave. What options are there for people here in similar boat if any?

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      April 2, 2020 at 3:26 am

      Hi Simon,
      Where are you now?
      Were you employed on the 1 March 2020?
      I don’t know of any Australia Government help other than the JobKeeper, which is government assistance to help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the Covid-19 crisis is over. For employees, it means they can keep their job and earn an income, even if their hours have been cut.
      I have updated my Covid-19 blog post with further information: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/covid-19-help-for-new-zealanders-living-in-australia/.
      Regarding COVID-19 in NZ, the New Zealand Government website COVID-19 has everything you need to know, including what help is available: https://covid19.govt.nz/.
      Good luck and stay safe.

      Reply
  11. George

    January 24, 2020 at 12:21 am

    Hello,
    I hold a New Zealand passport and I’m moving to the Gold Coast Broadbeach this year. Probably October. I have signed a purchase agreement for a new apartment in Broadbeach. It should be ready for moving in to by the end of this year. My wife is Canadian. What is the correct visa she should use to enter Australia? We eventually will try to get permanent residence then citizenship.
    We already have opened a bank account in Southport.
    Many thanks,
    George

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      January 24, 2020 at 12:22 am

      Hi George,
      Thank you for your message.
      Unfortunately I am unable to help. I am not an immigration specialist and only know about New Zealanders moving to Australia. However, you should be able to figure it out on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder.
      Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.
      Good luck with your move.

      Reply
  12. Rebecca

    January 15, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Hi, please could i ask for your help.
    I am a sole parent wanting to move to Melbourne with my 2 children one of which has a disability to start a new life.
    I have just found out that i am not entitled to Family Tax A or accommodation supplement from Centrelink and i am worried i wont be able to make this move.
    I have booked tickets for myself to go to Melbourne on the 28th of January to sort out schools for my children but now wonder how i will be able to cope financially.
    I so want to do this as there is no future for where we live in the country in the middle of nowhere.
    When i phoned Centrelink they did say there is a 1 to 2 year waiting period to receive Family Tax A and this possibly could be waived but it is done on a case by case basis. Have you heard anything about this? If so how could i improve my chances.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated. I am aware i am eligible for family tax B but this is only $55 per week.
    Hopefully hear from you soon
    Kind regards
    Rebecca

    Reply
  13. Rod

    December 13, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Hi, We are a retired couple contemplating a move back to Queensland due to health reasons,
    We previously lived in Queensland from 1980 to 1987 then again in 2000 to 2001,
    Would we be eligible for a resident return visa or would that even be necessary as we not working
    and would we be able to claim Medicare?
    Thanks Rod

    Reply
  14. Kenny

    August 12, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Hi ~
    Thanks for helping people who’s moving to Australia.
    I have an NZ citizenship and wish to move to Brisbane shortly.. also I will buy a house and existing cafe business.
    Do I have any restrictions to buy a cafe & running a business in Australia ?
    Thank you
    Kind Regards
    Kenny

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      August 12, 2019 at 1:45 am

      Hi Kenny,
      Thanks for your comment.
      There is not a lot of information online regarding New Zealanders owing a business in Australia, so I contacted the Department of Industry Australia (https://www.business.gov.au/Guide/Starting).
      They have advised if you are able to work on your Australian Visa, which we are on an SCV, you are able to obtain an ABN and own a business in Australia!
      I am guessing you will be transferring a lot of money to Australia to buy the house and cafe. I highly recommend you read this post as you will want to get the best foreign exchange rate when it’s time: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/foreign-exchange-money-transfer/.
      Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.
      Good luck with your move. How exciting for you.

      Reply
  15. Khamid

    April 8, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Hi
    I just want to ask if you know anything about changes to Special Category visa (subclass 444) for Kiwis who want to move to Australia on NZ passport.
    I heard that Australian Government wants to make some changes this year and introduce some restrictions for Special Category visa (subclass 444).
    Thanks

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      April 8, 2019 at 11:10 pm

      Hi Khamid,
      Thank you for your email.
      Both the New Zealand and Australian Governments are always in discussions over the SCV. However, no changes have been reported.
      I recommend you subscribe to my monthly newsletter (above right) because I will let you know when any changes get announced. I am constantly looking and reporting on anything that kiwi’s living in Australia need to know.
      Please let me know if you have any further questions.

      Reply
  16. sandra M hancox

    April 2, 2019 at 1:51 am

    I am on a NZ super gold card holder – am aged 70 – – -I have been told when I am living there to apply for the aust pension – is that correct please ?

    I need to know all the steps I will need to take to apply for the equivalent in australia once I have set up my new home there

    Reply
  17. Eileen

    December 2, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Hi,
    We have made the decision to relocate from NZ to Brisbane on 5 April 2019.
    I suddenly panicked as wondering if we are supposed to apply for any visas or immigration.
    I would appreciate any guidance if you could please.
    Thank you
    Eileen (Hamilton NZ)

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      December 2, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      Hi Eileen,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Brisbane is such a wonderful city. I’m sure you’ll love it.
      Are you an NZ citizen? If you are then you do not need to apply for a Visa, you will automatically receive a Special Category Visa (SCV). The SCV is recorded electronically.
      There are some downfalls to moving on a SCV, which you can read here: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/scv-visa-exclusions/.
      I will be writting some posts on becoming a Australian PR and citizen, so make sure you join our monthly newsletter, which has great info for New Zealanders moving and living in Australia.
      Good luck with your move.

      Reply
  18. Tommy

    August 8, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Hi there,

    I’m an NZ citizen. I’m planning to move to Aus, around the Woolongong area, ASAP after Dec this year.

    I have some simple questions that I’m trying to get answered. So far every agency I ask has redirected me to pay a lot per hour to have a migration agent answer my questions.

    Are you able to answer my questions, which are:
    – If I apply for a permanent residency visa (such as the 189 Skilled Independent Visa) does my special category visa (which I have as an NZ citizen) get put on hold? Meaning I wouldn’t be able to visit or move to Aus in the time between when I apply for permanent residence and when it’s confirmed (which could be some time)?
    – In December I will complete a qualification which is listed on the current list of jobs in demand in Aus. If I applied now would they likely decline my application, or would they likely approve it pending my qualification in December? I’m wanting to apply ASAP to reduce the admin time.
    – Does it help that my dad is an Aus citizen?

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      September 5, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      Hi Tommy,
      Thank you for your comment. Sorry for the delay in replying. I’ve only just seen your comment because of spam.
      Unfortunately I am not an immigration specialist, so I can only answer with my experience, which is limited.
      Firstly, was your Dad an Australian citizen when you were born?
      For Australian citizenship by descent eligibility you must have been born outside Australia and at least one of your parents must have been an Australian citizen when you were born.
      I will send you further information on the above if this is the case. This would make your life a lot easier and cheaper.
      Thanks,
      JJ Smith

      Reply
  19. Nikki

    November 7, 2015 at 5:03 am

    I am an Australian citizen living in New Zealand, my partner is a New Zealand citizen but was born in Australia after august 1986 (his mother was a NZ citizen living in Australia but moved back to nz when he was one). He lived in aus on and off for about 10 years and has a daughter who is an Australian citizen living in Australia. I would like to move back to Australia but my partner has had criminal convictions here (he hasn’t served any jail time and none are drug related), I was wondering if his ties to Australia through myself and his daughter may still be strong enough for him to be able to move back there.

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      November 7, 2015 at 5:03 am

      Hi Nikki,
      Thank you for your comment.
      From the information provided it looks like you will be fine to move back to Australia. Especially since your partner hasn’t severed any jail time.
      However, I do recommend your partner complete the Visa wizard to confirm: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1.
      Good luck with your move.

      Reply
  20. Steve J

    August 10, 2015 at 5:49 am

    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 permanently.
    I read that all NZ citizens that were living in Australia on February 2001 were grandfathered as australian permanent residents ?
    Having being out of australia for the last 13 years my question is am I still classed as a full permanent 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.

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      August 10, 2015 at 5:50 am

      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.

      Reply
  21. Paul

    August 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    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?

    Reply
  22. Dillen Hans

    August 1, 2015 at 2:54 am

    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…

    Reply
  23. John

    July 5, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I am a NZer living in Asia. I am considering taking a job in Australia. I have a Thai partner of 9 years (same sex) and want to know if there is any way we to get a visa for him?

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      July 6, 2015 at 5:04 am

      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.

      Reply
  24. Eben

    November 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Hi there
    As a New Zealand Citizen,and holding a SCV holder, are you entitled to the same benefits as all other permanent residents in Australia, like help with childcare and can you buy a house there on a SCVisa, Also do you pay normal school fees or do you have to pay international fees.
    Thanks for all your advise.

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      November 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Hi Eben,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      Please read the below article which lists the SCV exclusions: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/visas/scv-visa-exclusions.html.
      The above is all I am able to find on the internet. Most entitlements are based on your individual circumstances and I recommend you contact the appropriate Australian Government department and ask them. It’s always worth a try.
      Good luck. Sorry I can not be of more assistance.

      Reply
  25. Isabelle

    August 26, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Hi,
    Can you buy a business if you are NZ citizen?
    Regard
    Isabelle

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      August 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

      Hi Isabelle,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      Sorry but I am not 100% on this and cannot find a definitive answer on the web. However, I don’t think kiwi’s can.
      I recommend calling the Australian High Commission New Zealand (04) 473 6411, as they will be able to give you an answered or point you in the right direction.
      Good luck.

      Reply
  26. sam_nav

    February 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Hi i have drink driving conviction in NZ. I’m NZ citizen and conviction will be till end of may this year. Just wondering will this effect to get me SCV in Australia. As i want to move there with my family.

    Reply
  27. Se

    February 11, 2014 at 3:12 am

    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

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      February 11, 2014 at 3:13 am

      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:
      https://www.movingtoaustral ia.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

      Reply
  28. Jacqueline

    December 17, 2013 at 1:15 am

    My daughter, who is a New Zealand citizen, is traveling 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

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      December 17, 2013 at 4:45 am

      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

      Reply
  29. Shanna

    November 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    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 a lot for your time 🙂

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      November 12, 2013 at 2:10 am

      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 allister@endeavourimmigration.co.nz 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.

      Reply
  30. Jude

    September 9, 2013 at 5:03 am

    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 🙂

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      September 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

      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 allister@endeavourimmigration.co.nz 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.

      Reply
  31. Cameron

    June 13, 2013 at 5:32 am

    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 hospitality 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
    Cheers

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      June 14, 2013 at 6:17 am

      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.

      Reply
  32. David

    June 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Hello,
    I arrived in Australia on 8 Dec 2000 so before the 26 February 2001 change. I left in 2005 to travel overseas for 3 years. I have now since returned to Australia. Am I classed as holding a Protected SCV or just a SCV? Having arrived before 26 Feb 2001 some websites say I am protected but they don’t give anymore information. Does the fact that I left Australia after 5 years cause any issue?
    Also is there a way to get written proof? I can’t find the passport I entered Australia on in December 2000. Is this a problem or would it show up electronically that I entered on that date?
    I would appreciate your advice.
    Kind regards
    David

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      June 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Hi David,
      Thank you for your enquiry. However, it is way out of my scope.
      You will need to contact either the Australian Government – Department of Immigration and Citizenship (http://www.immi.gov.au) or an immigration specialist. I recommend Endeavour Immigration (http://endeavourimmigration.co.nz/).
      Good luck.

      Reply
  33. Sunny

    June 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Hi,
    My girlfriend is Nz citizen and we are getting married on 14 june 2013 in Auckland and I am neither Australian nor Nz Resident, we both would like to move to Australia for better prospects in life. She is about to leave by 15 august 2013 to go to perth and find jobs there. I would like to know would I be eligible to get visa, As of now I am more concerned of living with her in Australia, If I am eligible then whats the visa fee & duration and shall I apply after getting married?? Where should I go and find out more in Auckland? Any help would be highly appreciated.
    Regards

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      June 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Hi Sunny,
      Thanks for your enquiry.
      Firstly, have you completed the 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.
      Otherwise you will need to contact an immigration specialist. I recommend Endeavour Immigration (http://endeavourimmigration.co.nz/). They are based in Auckland and specialise in Australian permanent residency, state sponsored visas, employer nomination, temporary work visas and family visas.
      Endeavour Immigration will be able to help you find the correct visa for you, visa fees and durations. Also let you know when the best time for you to apply is, e.g. after your married.
      Good luck.

      Reply
  34. Stella

    May 23, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Hi there,
    My mum and brother are looking to make the move over to work and live in Australia. They’re both NZ Citizens but we’ve heard that there will be a law change whereby if you arrive after the 1st of July 2013 you will no longer be able to work automatically but must first apply for an Australian working visa.
    Can you please confirm if this is correct or are they still fine to move over and get an SCV that still allows them to work there as NZ Citizens?
    Stella

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      May 15, 2013 at 6:31 am

      Hi Stella,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I have still not been able to find any proof that changes are going to be made to New Zealanders automatic SCV’s.
      I will post any news on the site if and when anything is made official.
      Thanks

      Reply
  35. Carmen

    May 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    My baby and I are Australia citizens, but my partner is a New Zealand citizen. We want to go back to Australia but my partner has a criminal record. Can we go?

    Reply
  36. Charmaine

    May 15, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Hi there, me an my partner an 3 year old son are looking at moving over to Australia to live an I’m unsure of the changes that have come up with New Zealanders moving to Australia, was wondering what we have to apply for when moving over eg visas (which one do we have to apply for) Medicare cards ( do we have to apply for those to)? What are Medicare cards?
    Thank you very much

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      May 15, 2013 at 7:00 am

      Hi Charmaine,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      I have still not been able to find any proof that changes are going to be made to New Zealanders automatic SCV’s. I will post any news on the site if and when anything is made official. Therefore you do not need to apply for any visa’s if you are a New Zealand citizen.
      For information on Medicare and how to apply, please read our page health information page: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/health/health.html.
      Good luck with your move.

      Reply
  37. Simione

    April 10, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Hi, I’ve been here for 4 years working here in Australia was born in new Zealand
    Just wanting to know do I need to have a visa to be in Australia and yet still work, because I plan to go back to nz to visit family for three days and I wanted to know would I get stuck back home because of a visa or am I ok?

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      April 10, 2013 at 6:32 am

      Hi Simione,
      Thank your for your comment.
      You are fine to enter and exit Australia as you please, as every time you enter Australia you are granted a SCV Visa when your passport is stamped.
      Enjoy your trip to NZ.

      Reply
  38. Rebecca

    February 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Hi,
    I have recently moved to Australia and have a scv visa. The problem I have found is all of the previous work experience I have was either in government departments or Airline and they state permanent residency on all adverts advertised. Which in fact means the scv doesn’t appear to give you equal right to work in Australia. Could you please advise which steps are required to obtain my permanent residency and the cost involved to do so.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      February 12, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Hi Rebecca,
      As a New Zealand citizen your eligibility for Australian citizenship depends on whether you arrived in Australia before or after 26 February 2001.
      On arrival in Australia, most New Zealanders are automatically granted a Special Category Visa (SCV). This visa allows the holder to remain and work in Australian indefinitely. Up to 26 February 2001 the holders of SCVs were eligible to apply for citizenship.
      On 26 February 2001, the Australian Government announced that New Zealand citizens are required to apply for and be granted permanent residence in Australia if they wish to access certain social security payments, obtain Australian citizenship or sponsor their family members for permanent residence.
      Having permanent residence means you have a current visa that permits you to live in Australia indefinitely. There are many different type of visas that provide permanent residency for citizenship purposes. You can use the Visa Wizard to find a visa of this type. On the same website will be able to find fees for applying for permanent residence.
      However, I do recommend that you contact an Australian Immigration Consultant, as they will be able to discuss your options and the process better than I can. Their fees are normally very reasonable, especially for the amount of time and stress they save you.
      Good luck and please let me know if you have any feedback regarding the above.
      Kind Regards,
      MTA Team

      Reply
  39. Kay

    February 1, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Hi,
    Its Kay here. I’m a nz citizen living and working in Australia.Could you please inform that under what kind of category[e.g skilled migrant worker]can we convert SCV into permanent residency?How long does it take and are we eligible or not?i read on the immigration website that they are not accepting anymore applications under the skilled worker. Skill select is just like putting forward EOI, i.e expression of interest. Will that work?
    Any Migration agents who can locally help us get us on track?
    Thank you for going through this query.
    Regards
    Kay

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      February 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

      Hi Kay,
      You are able to apply for permanent residency, your SCV does not get converted.
      As a New Zealand citizen I believe you do not get any special considerations, you just have to apply along with everyone else.
      Therefore I highly recommend that you contact an Australian Immigration Consultant, as they will be able to advise you of your options and the process better than I can. Their fees are normally very reasonable, especially for the amount of time and stress they save you.
      At the moment we are not working with a particular Australian Immigration Consultant, but below are a few I found in Google (searched ‘Australian Immigration Consultants’). I recommend getting quotes from a few companies before deciding who will represent you the best for what price:
      http://www.synch1.com/
      http://www.australianmigrationconsultants.com.au
      http://www.migrationexpert.com.au
      http://www.nationalvisas.com.au
      Good luck and please let me know if you have any feedback regarding the above, so I can help other people having similar problems to you.
      Kind Regards,
      MTA Team

      Reply
  40. Paula

    January 6, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Hi,
    My friend has just sent me this. Is any part of this true?
    Ok, so the guy I’m sitting next to on my flight back to AU this evening tells me that the AU Govt will be imposing a new law concerning Kiwi’s migrating to AU from March 2013. So if you’re like me, live and work in AU but don’t have permanent residency and are not a citizen, if you decide to leave AU for a holiday or a weekend back home, you will not be automatically granted entry back into AU unless you have a returning visa and you will no longer be eligible to work in AU unless you apply for and are granted a work permit. Even though you have a job etc. etc.
    If I choose not to travel and continue to stay in AU, I don’t need to apply for either. Apparently this is the out come of a meeting Julia Gillard had with John Keys about stopping the high number of kiwis immigrating to AU every year, so Jk suggested AU bring back the visa policy and control numbers migrating.
    You can get around this is applying for permanent residency or citizenship.
    I’m not sure how much of this information is factual, but I have been told that this info has come from someone who works high up in immigration. Apparently everything is in place and will go live March of this year. Neither Govt’s are communicating this policy to prevent a mass exodus from NZ prior to March.
    I hope I am wrong in this instance, but thought I’d pass this on anyway just in case!
    I live in Australia, but am not a resident, nor was I living here prior to 2001. Am i still going to be able to freely move between the two countries – to go home for holidays?
    I look forward to your response.
    Cheers
    Paula

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      January 15, 2013 at 4:33 am

      Hi Paula,
      Thank you for your comment.
      There have always been rumours regarding Australia changing the SCV laws/requirements. However, to date nothing has been changed.
      All the information on the internet, including Australia Government websites and newspapers, is stating that Australia still need/want New Zealand’s immigration and nothing is going to change at this stage.
      If you are right, unfortunately I will not be able to confirm until it is made public.
      Lets hope the information is only a rumour as it has been in the past.
      Please let me know if you find out any further information regarding the above.
      Kind Regards,
      MTA Team

      Reply
  41. Darian

    January 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

    How old do u have to be to move from nz to aus without parental permission ? Im 16 and wana get out of nz and away from my old life asap.

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      January 3, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Hi Darian,
      Thank you for your comment.
      I’m sorry but I can not find a legal minimum age for moving to Australia without your parents or a guardian.
      However, you are able to fill out the ‘find a visa’ online form to see if Australia will grant you a SCV Visa or not (http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/). If they will, then you can legally work and live in Australia.
      It is a big move to make and I recommend you weigh up your options seriously before deciding to move country. If you have not lived alone before, you should reconsider moving and just move out of home, as living alone is expensive and firstly you need to be able to support yourself.
      One thing you should definitely do is contact a few recruitment companies to see what type of work you are most likely to get and how long it will take approximately to get placed, as you will need to budget for the period where you will need to pay living expenses before you find a job.
      You will also find a lot of helpful information regarding moving to Australia on our site, so have a good look around.
      Thanks,
      MTA Team

      Reply
  42. J

    October 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Hello, were there changes made from 1st oct about new zealanders moving to and working in australia? We were told by a friend who’s just moved here from nz that he because he had a one way ticket he had to buy a return ticket within 48 hours, he wants to live and work here, he then called a lawyer and was told kiwis need to apply for a visa costing 1800 dollars for 3 months, that you need to have a job before you move to australia and once the 3 months is over you have to go back to nz and reapply to come back, is this true?

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      October 16, 2012 at 3:55 am

      Hi,
      Thank you for your comment.
      I have done some research in SCV Visa’s for New Zealanders moving over to Australia and there have been no changes according to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
      The Special Category visa (SCV) is a temporary visa electronically granted to New Zealand citizens who arrive in Australia on a New Zealand passport that is in force and who do not hold a visa.
      You must:
      – be a New Zealand citizen
      – meet health and character requirements
      – not have been deported, excluded or removed from any country.
      Note: If you do not meet these requirements, you may not be eligible for a SCV, and you may be refused entry to Australia. Please approach the nearest Australian immigration office or visit http://www.immi.gov.au for further information regarding entry requirements for New Zealanders before travelling to Australia.
      The SCV allows New Zealand citizens to lawfully live and work in Australia indefinitely. The SCV is a temporary visa and, except for certain holders resident in Australia on or before 26 February 2001, does not provide a direct pathway to citizenship. If you wish to become a permanent resident to qualify for Australian citizenship see below ‘Pathways to permanent residence’.
      You friend must have had some additional circumstances that stopped him from being granted a SCV.
      Please email me back if you require further information.
      Kind Regards,
      MTA Team

      Reply
  43. John

    September 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I lived in Australia from 1980 to 1998 before moving to NZ and have permanent residency here. I am on a British passport. My son who was born in Australia wants to return to Australia to be nearer to his mother who lives in Mackay. She is Australian but we are no longer married.
    Can I return to live in Australia?

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      September 25, 2012 at 5:40 am

      Hi John,
      Thank you for your comment.
      You are definitely allowed to live back in Australia if you are an NZ citizen. However, you will might need proof either when you are going through airport immigration or when applying for Medicare etc once in Australia.
      I recommend for starters you complete the Visa Wizard on the Australian Immigration website: http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/, or you can call the Australian Visa Application Centre in NZ on (09) 366 0274.
      Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
      Kind Regards,
      MTA Team

      Reply
  44. Jan

    September 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Hi My daughter and I moved to Melbourne in Jan 2011. We love it here and have no intention of moving back to NZ. I am now 50, work as a nurse and I understand that as I am over 45 I am not eligible to apply for PR. My daughter has just turned 18 and wants to attend Uni here etc and live here always. She very much wants to become an Aussie. What are our options?

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      September 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Hi Jan,
      Thank you for your comment.
      The process of applying for Australian citizenship varies depending on your eligibility. There are a number of different application options with different eligibility requirements.
      Generally, to apply for Australian citizenship you will need to:
      – Determine that you are eligible
      – Gather your original documents
      – Copy and certify your documents
      – Complete and lodge your application.
      To start with, I recommend your daughter completing the Citizenship Wizard on the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website: http://www.citizenship.gov.au/citizenshipwizard/. This will give you information about what to do and how to apply for Australian Citizenship.
      Also, New Zealand citizens aged 16 and over applying for Australian citizenship should check the information on penal clearance certificates available from the department’s website: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/character-requirements/.
      Regarding you applying for permanent residency, you do not need to to live in Australia for as long as you like. However, if you do want to, you are right, you will find it difficult as many permanent visas have an age cut-off. There are a few options though, but I recommend speaking to a migration agent. You can call the Australian Immigration Department on 131 880.
      Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
      Kind Regards,
      MTA Team

      Reply
  45. JJ Smith

    September 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Hi Anita,
    Thank you for your comment.
    Please follow the below link to find out which Visa to apply for. You will need to answer the questions in the Visa Wisard on the Australian Government website to find out the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances:
    http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/
    The Visa Wizard includes the most common Australian visas, but does not include every visa. The Australian Government website contains more visa information or you can contact them for assistance.
    Good luck and please post back how you get on, as it will help others in your situation.
    Kind Regards,
    MTA Team

    Reply
  46. Anita

    September 22, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Hi there me and my partner with three kids want to move to my brother in Brisbane, we have been deny SCV because of my partners criminal history they wouldn’t tell us what visa to apply for. We just want to know what visa we can apply for so that we can find out if where aloud to live there or not.

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  47. Brenna Marra

    September 17, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Hi there, I’m 18 and looking at moving to Brisbane early January. Will I need a Visa of any sort to live and work there? I’ve looked at the website but different parts seem to give different answers. Thank you 🙂

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    • JJ Smith

      September 18, 2012 at 5:12 am

      Good morning Brenna,
      Thank you for your comment on Moving to Australia.co.nz.
      You will not need to apply for a Visa if you are an NZ citizen. 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.
      Your New Zealand passport will be stamped, showing the date of arrival in Australia. This is the only evidence provided or necessary to show you hold an SCV.
      Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

      Reply
  48. Sanjeev

    September 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    How do we get SCV visas and also are we eligible as NZ citizens to get allowances for children…?

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    • JJ Smith

      September 18, 2012 at 5:26 am

      Good morning Sanjeev,
      Thank you for your comment on Moving to Australia.co.nz.
      You will not need to apply for a Visa if you are an NZ citizen. 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.
      Your New Zealand passport will be stamped, showing the date of arrival in Australia. This is the only evidence provided or necessary to show you hold an SCV.
      Regarding allowances for children, you will find a list of family payments and allowances on the below link on the Australian Government website:
      http://australia.gov.au/topics/benefits-payments-and-services/family-payments-and-services/family-payments-and-allowances
      Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
      Thanks,
      MTA Team

      Reply
  49. Latai Matalave

    July 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Hi there,
    I have just been offered a job in Wollongong NSW and am considering to move in 5 weeks time. This is all completely new for myself so I really need the help!
    I am a NZ citizen and have a NZ passport. Do I need to apply for any visas such as a work visa? and do i need to apply for a Australian permanent residence?

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    • JJ Smith

      July 4, 2012 at 6:21 am

      Good morning Latai,
      Thank you for your enquiry. That is very exciting for you.
      You will be pleased to know that you do not need to apply for anything. Upon entering Australia you will automatically receive a Special Category Visa (SCV). The SCV is recorded electronically. Your New Zealand passport will get stamped, showing the date of arrival in Australia. This is the only evidence provided or necessary to show you are a holder of an SCV.
      However, I do recommend you sorting out the below before you leave:
      Ship your stuff: if you have furniture, etc, that you want shipped you will need to arrange this asap, as it takes 5-6 weeks: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/moving-company-to-australia/.
      Apply for a bank account: I recommend Commonwealth, as their service is also of the highest standard. It is a lot easier to apply for a bank account before you go, as they do not need all the extra info you would need if you applied from Australia. You can apply for a bank account by following this link: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/Commonwealth-Bank-Open-Australian-bank-Account (scroll down)
      Currency Exchange: if you are looking at taking any money with you, I recommend using Velocity Trade to convert it, as it is a lot cheaper than using your bank. For more info read https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/foreign-exchange-transfer-money-to-Australia
      Housing in Australia: the Australian rental market is very competitive, especially in the main cities. Most Australian rentals will require you to submit a tenancy application, accompanied with the following documents, so it is best to have all the information ready to go: your last 3 months bank statements, a written reference from your previous landlord, your previous landlord’s contact information and proof that your last bond was repaid in full (or an explanation as to why it wasn’t).
      Please let me know if I can help in any other way.
      Good luck with your move and new job.
      Best Regards,
      MTA Team

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  50. Debbie

    July 3, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Hi
    My daughter, son-in-law and grandson are wanting to move to Australia from NZ. My son-in-law and grandson have NZ passports and my daughter has a British Passport and NZ Citizenship. Do they need visas to live and work in Australia? Also, can they transfer their NZ driving licences to Australia, or do they need to take new tests?
    Thanks

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    • JJ Smith

      July 4, 2012 at 6:40 am

      Hi Debbie,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      Your son and grandson will be issued with a Special Category Visa (SCV) when they arrive in Australia. However, I believe your daughter might need to apply for a Visa. I cannot find an easy answer, as there are a lot of circumstances that change what type of Visa she will need.
      I recommend you or her visiting the Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship website, as you will be able to find the answer on there: http://www.immi.gov.au/.
      Regarding the NZ driving license, New Zealanders can generally use their New Zealand drivers licence in Australia for the first three months after they arrive, provided it has not expired or been suspended. After three months New Zealanders normally have to apply for a drivers licence from the authorities in the State or Territory where they live.
      Please let me know if I can help in any other way.
      Best Regards,
      MTA Team

      Reply
  51. Sannie Angelo

    March 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I’m a NZ citizen. I want to move to Perth end May 2012. Do I get clearance/Visa at airport or is that a separate application you have to make asap? And where and how?

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