Moving to Australia from New Zealand?

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

I’m super proud to be a contributor to ‘The Land of OZ’ article in Consumer’s Autumn issue 2024.

The question is… Why are so many New Zealanders moving to Australia right now?

Thousands of New Zealanders cross the Tasman every year in search of a better life. Why are they going? Is the Land of OZ all it’s cracked up to be? And would anything entice them home? Consumer reporter Chris Schulz asked those who are going and those who have gone, then dived into the statistics to find out.

Chris reached out to me in late October 2023 to see if I was available for an interview for an article he was researching about why Kiwis are moving to Australia right now. He had just returned from a family holiday on the Sunshine Coast and was stunned at how cheap food and petrol were in comparison to New Zealand.

After our chat, I put a call out on Facebook asking anyone if they were keen to talk to him about their experiences:

He managed to find a few people to talk to and carried on with his research.

And finally, the findings are out!

The Land of OZ is a great article that weighs up the pros and cons, who’s moving, why, salary rates, house prices, comparing living costs, and real-life experiences. It’s definitely worth a read if you are serious about moving to Australia!

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  1. Susi

    May 9, 2024 at 8:59 am

    Hi JJ,

    Thanks for all the information that you post which is very helpful. My husband is 65 in 5 months, and is eagerly waiting for his pension. We plan to move to Melbourne to live and have been looking at properties. Our plan is to spend time here in NZ and in Melbourne. About 1 week a month in NZ. Can he continue to receive his NZ pension or will he have to give that up, we find the info on the IRD site confusing. And don’t want to end up penalised for not understanding the process.


    • JJ Smith

      May 10, 2024 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Susi,
      Thank you for your comment and compliment.
      Pensions have been one of the hardest subjects for me to get information on online, so I can understand your position.
      Whatever country you spend more time in each year, is who will pay you your pension. Therefore if you are only spending a third of the time in NZ, then you will have to rely on the Australian pension, which he won’t be eligible for until he’s 67 (recently gone up from 66.5 years).
      If you haven’t already read my Australian age pension post here is the link: I keep this up to date with any new info I find out.
      You will find out about income and asset tests in the above post, which greatly affect how much Australian pension you receive.
      Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.

  2. John Glover

    March 31, 2024 at 8:09 pm

    Hi JJ,
    Just wondering where one can get independant, unbiased factual advice re the pension asset test. It is stated that one needs to value personal effects and home contents at the current market value. How does one establish what their personal assets are actually worth so as to declare a financial value to the govt. asset testing people?
    Is there an appropriate accountant one the Gold Coast who you could recommend to help us value our assets for the asset test , along with helping us with any other financial issues we may have, such as annual tax returns?
    Really value your articles and advice to date.
    Kind regards, John.

  3. Candy Lane

    March 29, 2024 at 12:55 pm

    You havent mentioned that pension is means tested here so people need to check out the link you have above.

    • JJ Smith

      April 3, 2024 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Candy,
      Thanks for your comment.
      All the asset test info is in my Australian pension post, including the link to a calculator, but you’re right, people may not know.
      JJ Smith

  4. Bronwyn

    March 28, 2024 at 9:07 pm

    Hello we would like to move Australia (haven’t read the article yet though ). Can we bring my very healthy 91 year old mother with us and can she get the pension?

    • JJ Smith

      March 29, 2024 at 11:09 am

      Good morning Bronwyn,
      The good news yes, you can take your mother with you.
      Under Australia’s international social security agreement with New Zealand, NZ citizens living in Australia can apply for Medicare, the Australian Age Pension (if over the age of 66 and 6 months), Disability Support Pension (DSP) (if they are severely disabled), and Carer Payment (if they are caring for a partner on DSP), irrespective of whether they are protected or non-protected SCV holders.
      Here is my post on the Australian age pension:
      I hope the above helps.


    March 28, 2024 at 8:18 pm

    Hi There,
    I am retired and 81 years old and have my NZ superannuation and considering moving to live in Australia as my son and daughter are living there. I have been told that:
    1- NZ superannuation will be stopped as soon as one applies for the Australian age pension even before the application to Australian age pension is approved.
    2- Further I have been told that the approval period for the Australian age pension takes few months. which means I have to find other financial source to support my living there until the age pension is approved.
    Can you kindly confirm or correct the two points above.
    Thanks, and kind regards.
    Ali ALShahwani

    • JJ Smith

      March 29, 2024 at 11:44 am

      Hi Ali,
      Thanks for your comment.
      You will receive your NZ superannuation for 26 weeks after you have moved to Australia.
      The Australian age pension is meant to start when your NZ superannuation payments stop. However, there may be a period when you won’t receive either benefit and it is important to have a backup plan. You will be back paid for this period.
      Therefore, it is important to apply as soon as you arrive in Australia, as there is a backlog of age pension applications that Centerlink is trying to work through:
      Services Australia apologises over Centrelink call centre performance as age pension claims hit by huge delays – The Guardian (
      Here is my Australian Age Pension post when you can find further information, including how to apply:
      Hope the above answers your questions.

      • Ali ALSHAHWANI

        April 6, 2024 at 8:11 pm

        Thanks JJ
        Your reply is very useful and I am grateful for the info you send me.
        I am aware that I will receive my NZ superannuation for 26 weeks after moving to Australia, but I have heard from some people that the NZ superannuation payments will also stop as soon as I submit my application for Australian age pension?? or is it till the application is accepted ??
        Kindly clarify.

  6. Diane

    March 28, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    Most of my family now live & work in Australia. They all have better wages and prospects there My husband and I would love to join them but are in our 80s and dont know if we will qualify for medicare etc. Hope we can make it!


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