Moving to Australia from New Zealand?

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

Moving to Australia and want to find a suitable job?

If you are a New Zealand citizen, you are legally able to work in Australia. If you are not a New Zealand or Australian citizen, you may need to apply for a work visa.

Hunting for jobs in Australia is very similar to looking for a job in New Zealand. The majority of jobs are advertised online, mostly by recruitment companies but also by individual employers.

Editors note: Australia Job Listings Coming!

I am getting more and more enquiries from Australian companies looking to recruit directly from New Zealand, so I have decided to add job listings to my website.

If you are an employer and are interested in posting your job vacancies here then please fill out the below form and I will notify you with more infromation and instructions on how to add your job listings.

If you are a visitor, make sure you are registered for my newsletter, so you are the first to know when the job vacanies are live.

On this page you will find the below helpful information:

Australian Tax and getting an Australian Tax File Number (TFN)

If you want to know your tax obligations in Australia you should read our Australian Tax – what you need to know page. On this page, you can find out the current Australian tax rates and how to get a TFN.

You need to apply for a TFN number after you’ve arrived in Australia. You are not able to apply from New Zealand. Find out how to get a TFN here

Looking for a job in Australia from NZ

It isn’t easy to land a job in Australia by visiting Australian job listing websites. However, you can still gain a lot of knowledge from them, e.g. the size of the industry and opportunities, current wages, the process of how to apply. Searching can give you a lot of hope.

Depending on your industry, it can be worth searching Google Australia companies in your industry and approaching them direct. New Zealanders have a great reputation in Australia and around the world as being hard workers. Combine that with the fact that we can’t fall back on government support, we are known as being very reliable. 

Current skill shortages in Australia

A significant shortage in skilled labour across Australia is negatively impacting production, services, and supply chains. And while the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, it has been an issue since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to be one when the effects of the virus wane.

Some industries that have major shortages at the moment are hospitality, the health sector, engineers, trades, technicians, truck drivers and digital. Australia has always relied upon skilled migrant workers, e.g. skilled migrants, international students and backpackers, which haven’t been able to get into Australia due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s likely that the skilled worker shortage in Australia will worsen before it gets better. With many of the industries affected it takes on average three to four years to qualify and that is before developing proficiency. You can read more on the skill shortage in Australia here.

As a result, I’ve heard from a lot more New Zealanders who have already secured jobs from New Zealand, before they move to Australia.

This leaves a lot of opportunities for New Zealanders looking at moving to Australia! 

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!

Especially when it comes to the competitive Australian job market. Be prepared and get a better-paid job in Australia.

Read more in my documentation needed when moving to Australia post.


Main Australian job-hunting websites

These are the top Australian job listing websites:

For general information on employment in Australia, career advice, resume templates, salary surveys and more visit

Increase Your Success in the Australian Job Market

When it comes to moving overseas and finding work, many things will determine your success, but we think the greatest factor is preparation. Read the full post here.

Things you shouldn’t put on your resume if you want to get the job

Australian recruiters are astounded at how many mistakes job seekers make with their resumes. Here are the key things to avoid. Read the full post here.

Recruitment Agencies for Jobs In Australia

Like New Zealand, it is extremely worthwhile registering with a recruitment agency. They will help you find a new job and can even find you a job while you are still in New Zealand. I recommend you search Google the recruitment agencies in Australia that specialise in your industry. Whether it be:

  • Healthcare Recruitment
  • Accounting Recruitment Agencies
  • Information Technology (IT) Recruitment Agencies
  • Executive Recruitment Agencies.


Register your interest in Australian Job Vacancies

If you have job vacancies in Australia and want to recruit directly from New Zealand, then register your interest below and I will send you more information when I have added job listings functionality:

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    1. Claire

      March 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Hi there,
      I am thinking about moving to Darwin or Perth either at the end of this year or for early next year. I am a primary school teacher and have tried to do some research (and then got confused) about whether or not my NZ registration is recognised in Australia particularly the Northern Territory or Western Australia, do you know if I can or do I need to do some up-skilling courses?
      Any help would be much appreciated.

    2. Zoe

      January 14, 2013 at 11:13 am

      hi there , my partner and i and our 3 children are moving to Australia in april this year and i was wondering what are the steps you have to take when getting a job can you apply from n.z? and do i have to live in ozzy for 3months to be able to apply for a house ??

    3. Vanessa Natusch

      October 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Hi,i am looking to move it Brsibane and i am looking for jobs in advertsing/medi a, what sites would recommend to search for that location?

    4. Bob

      October 4, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Are their any restrictions to finding a job being bankrupt in NZ? i have put in a request to move to Aus and if successful, i would like to find a job.

      • JJ Smith

        October 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        Hi Bob,
        Thank you for your comment.
        I have done some research, as I did not know much about bankruptcy, and have discovered that you are able to find a job in Australia, like NZ.
        However, there are some industries that you cannot be employed in. Please see below:
        Will bankruptcy affect my employment?
        The Bankruptcy Act does not restrict employment BUT typically a bankrupt will not be employed in certain industries such as the Police Force or as a security guard. A bankrupt cannot hold certain licenses, such as a liquor license, tax agents license, real estate (principal) license, builders license, finance brokering license etc. A bankrupt cannot be a director of a company without approval of the Court.
        The best way to get a feel for the job market in Australia, for your circumstances, would be to call a recruitment company that you have had previous experience in or for the field you would like to move into. They will be able to give you further advice.
        Good luck and please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
        Kind Regards,
        MTA Team

    5. Angela

      September 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Hi I have a bachelour of applied science degree and currently work in local Government and was wanting to know what recruitment agency suits me..

      • JJ Smith

        September 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        Hi Angela,
        Thank you for your comment.
        I do recommend the APS jobs website: This website is your gateway to working in the Australian Public Service (APS).
        APS jobs will help you discover the flexible and diverse career paths the public service has to offer by linking you to vacancies in the APS, the Australian Parliamentary Service and many other Australian Government agencies. From entry level to leadership roles across a wide range of profession, new positions are advertised on APS jobs every day.
        Good luck and please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
        Kind Regards,
        MTA Team

    6. Mandy

      September 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Hi, great website with heaps of really useful information.
      My husband, 4 kids and I are planning to move to Perth early next year for more opportunities for us all, better quality of life, better weather etc. Which recruitment company would be best for my husband to register with to get into a mining or mining related role?

      • JJ Smith

        September 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

        Hi Mandy,
        Thank you for your comment on
        Please find below a few companies that you should check out. The top one is NZ based so would be worth talking to:
        If you have any feedback after going through the process of finding a mining job, please email me back so I can share it with our visitors and help them too.
        Please note: that the OZ Jobs Expo is coming up in Auckland on the 17th and 18th of November at the ASB showgrounds. If you are in Auckland I recommend checking it out, as there are companies there wanting to hire.
        Good luck and let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
        Kind Regards,
        MTA Team

    7. Regina Borrell

      September 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      My husband and I are interested in moving to Melbourne Australia. Wanting a better and enjoyable lifestyle for ourselves and 3 younger children aged 7,3,19months – ultimately we both want better paid jobs. We currently have family staying in Mt Waverly and we absolutely love the area. My husband is a Banking consultant with Westpac NZ on a salary approx 58k with 7 years banking experience and myself a Sales/ Account Manager for OfficeMax on a 55k base with 7 years sales experience. Is there an employment agency in the area that we can register with? or any advice you can offer that would be useful to us. Anything regarding expected salary for similar jobs, agencies, working areas, traveling distances, rent around mt wavely etc.
      Look forward to your response

      • JJ Smith

        September 19, 2012 at 4:25 am

        Good morning Regina,
        Thank you for your comment on
        There are a number of recruitment companies in the Mt Waverly area. I recommend you go through their websites and see which few best suits your needs and appeal to you. Then contact them directly in hope of registering with them. They will be able to give you realistic wages expectations and job availability. With your experience I do not see you having any problems getting a job and earning more money in Australia.
        Robert Half International (banking) –
        Manpower –
        Scope Employment Futures Mt Waverley –
        Excel Recruitment –
        Max Recruitment –
        BND Recruitment –
        Kandil Consulting Group –
        Workforce Extensions –
        Alliance Recruitment Mt Waverley –
        PeopleCo. –
        Regarding renting in Mt Waverly, I recommend looking for prices etc on au ( au/rent/in-mount+waverley,+vic/list-1?source=location-search). You can then contact the listing companies regarding renting a home/apartment from NZ. There is always the option of getting a short term rental and make the long term decision when in Australia, as you normally have to apply and them sign up for a year (six months if lucky).
        You should also read the Wikipedia page on Mt Waverly as this lists schools, transport, geography, sport and more in the area:,_Victoria
        Please let me know if there is anything else I can help with and how you get on.
        Kind Regards,
        MTA Team

    8. Jerome

      September 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Hey guys,
      Just a general enquiry. I’m thinking of making the move to Australia. To better my Life style and maybe start a new career. I’m currently studying to become a personal trainer. Would you by any chance have any info in maybe getting into the gym industry or being a personal within Melbourne.

      • JJ Smith

        September 25, 2012 at 4:28 am

        Good morning Jerome,
        Thank you for your comment on
        I have done some research into personal training jobs in Melbourne Australia and have found the below sites which will help you: – sport specialised recruitment company. I recommend contacting them direct as they will be able to give you a better idea of what your expectations should be. – general listings for the sport and recreation industry, in Melbourne. – general listings for the sport and recreation industry, in Melbourne. – general listings for the sport and recreation industry, in Melbourne.
        Good luck and I hope the above helps.
        Kind Regards,
        MTA Team

    9. Cara

      July 7, 2012 at 4:20 am

      Hi, Im looking at moving to Australia. I have an assault charge and a DIC will this effect me moving? Also in regards to any debt owing in New Zealand ie: taxes or accounts sent to Baycorp will this be checked up on and would i be stopped from moving because of debt? I am getting a one way ticket to Melbourne and have been told they will check everything like this. Is s this correct? Will it not be worth me going? Cara

    10. Caroline

      July 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Hi there
      I am moving to Nerang , Gold Coast area with my bf. He is currently residing there at the moment. He has a NZ Security Licence however he is needing help with getting this transferred to a QLD security license. Could you assist with any useful options?

      • JJ Smith

        July 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

        Hi Caroline,
        Thank you for your enquiry and sorry for the late reply.
        I could not find the answer to your question online, so you will need to contact The Australian Security Industry Association Ltd (ASIAL) and ask them (
        Good luck.

    11. Eduardo Jr

      March 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Me and my wife are planning to migrate to either NZ or AU depending on the results of my IELTS exam. In case I won’t pass all the modules but I will pass the overall band score of 7, I will decide to migrate to NZ.
      My question is. If you are holding a permanent resident visa. Are we legally allowed to work in AU.
      Appreciate your advise.
      Best Regards,
      Eduardo Jr.

    12. Krystal

      March 14, 2012 at 5:33 am

      Me and my partner are looking to re-locate although there is so much information we’re not sure where to start.
      He is currently employed in the rigging industry and myself in customer service.
      Is there any help out there to point us in the right direction to start?

      • JJ Smith

        March 14, 2012 at 5:33 am

        Hi Krystal,
        Thank you for your enquiry.
        Can you please give me some more information about what you and your partner are tying to archive with your move and I will be able to point you in the right direction.
        For example, what is the most important thing you want to get out of your move, e.g. money, lifestyle, etc? Is there a particular state in Australia that interests you? Where do you live now and what do you like dislike about it?
        I look forward to being of assistance.

    13. Kris

      November 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm

      Hi there,
      I am looking to re-locate to Brisbane, in the following areas, Richlands/Fores t Lake/Wacol, so it would be great if you could let me know what the names of the local papers so i can look up the classifieds.
      Thank You

      • JJ Smith

        November 16, 2009 at 10:19 am

        The best and easiest way to search the classifieds within all the local papers is through or follow the above link.
        This way you do not need to contact the local paper directly, as most of the local papers are published by Quest Community Newspapers.
        Please let us know if you need further information and if the above info was helpful.

    14. Rachel

      October 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm

      Hiya, i currently work for nz government in the tax department, but i have heard that in aus i would need to be a australian citizen to work for the ATO, is this correct? also someone mentioned i could possibly work in federal taxes?

    15. Sharn

      October 29, 2009 at 8:14 am

      Hi, just enquiring whats some names of recruitment agency’s in Australia? I’m looking at moving over from Auckland. Thanks

      • JJ Smith

        October 29, 2009 at 9:29 am

        Hi Sharn,
        Thank you for your enquiry.
        It does depend on what sort of job you are looking for and in what industry.
        I have added to the content above some names of the recruitment agencies in Australia and their specialities.
        For general information on employment in Australia, career advice, resume templates, salary surveys and more visit
        Let us know if you need further information and if the above info was helpful.


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