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!

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

If you are moving to Australia make sure you have all the below document files in a folder, on a accessible device and make at least one paper copy. It will save you time, money and stress. Then you can just send/email or photocopy it when needed.

You don’t want to be emailing people to chase a reference, or worse be asking for for one. Going to the local library/internet cafe to print out what you need, because it’s more of a mission than what it’s worth. It might look like its around the corner on the map, but actually its a 15 minute Uber away ($$$).

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

So make sure you have all the correct paperwork ready, so you can compete in the competitive Australia job market and renting applications!

Documents you need when moving to Australia

I recommend you download, scan and save all the below are files in a moving to Australia folder and making one physical paper copy. There are still times and people/companies/realtors that require paperwork documentation:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Name change certificate
  • Drivers Licence
  • Photo ID (if you don’t have a drivers licence)
  • Your last 3 months bank statements (NZ and/or Australia)
  • Written rental reference from a previous landlord and their contact information (used for both 100 points ID and rental applications)
  • Character references – one professional and one personal (at least)
  • Proof that your last bond was repaid in full (or an explanation as to why it wasn’t)
  • Current Covid requirements: vaccination certificate, foreign vaccination certificate for travel, Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD), negative pre-departure Covid-19 PCR test, your contact details for Australia and travel history for the previous 14 days. Check current requirements in my Covid-19 post.

Document you need for your children

When I said people/companies need paperwork, well schools are at the top of the list for what they need for kids and it is generally a physical copy, but make sure you have everything digital.

You are going to need the below documents/paperwork for your children in Australia:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Immunisation records
  • Plunket baby book
  • One years school reports (probably only need the last term or end of year)
  • Proof of Australian Residency or Authority to enroll (don’t need this with NZ Passport)
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Court orders (if applicable)
  • Current Covid requirements: the same as above depending on your child’s age. Check current requirements in my Covid-19 post post.

Honestly, I am not the first person to wish I had put the time in early and got all the above ready. People need time to forward you the above and there’s nothing worse than being ill prepared for something you want.

Providing 100 points of identification

You must provide a total of 100 points of Australian and/or New Zealand documents to prove your identity. Depending on what you need the points for, they hold different values. The below is for a rental application but you will also need to prove your identity when it comes to getting a driver’s license, applying for a white card or Medicare card, setting up a mobile or superannuation account. Although the values are different, the documents are generally the same.

You can use different combinations of documents to make up your 100 points, but you must include at least 1 primary document that has a photograph as part of your 100 points.

100 Points of ID Check

Documents required for 100 points identification checkPer
Passport and visa40 points
Drivers Licence40 points
Photo ID (e.g. 18 plus card, university photo ID)30 points
Birth Certificate30 points
Pay Slips20 points
Medicare Card20 points
Previous Landlord Reference20 points
Birth Certificate20 points
Bank Statement10 points
Utility Bills with Current Address10 points

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  1. Brian John Hunt

    March 10, 2022 at 3:23 am

    Being a retired NZ pensioner on the NZ Govt Super I would like to know if my wife and I are eligible to get the Australian Govt Super if and when we move permanently to Queensland. What are the requirements to qualify and what can be filled out before we depart NZ. Thanks in anticipation


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