Moving to Australia from New Zealand?

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

Australian Health Care System

Medicare Australia, health insurance, to-do list… what you need to know about the Australian health care system. Medicare is Australia’s […]
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May 21, 2024
Australian Health Care System

Medicare Australia, health insurance, to-do list… what you need to know about the Australian health care system.

Medicare is Australia’s main healthcare government-funded scheme. New Zealand citizens can enrol in Medicare immediately (recommended a week after you arrive) if they provide proof that they’ll be living in Australia for the next 6 months (see below). You can enrol any time in the 6 months after you first arrive in Australia.

Until you enrol, you can get healthcare under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement. This covers essential treatment in a public hospital. You can’t enrol or get a Medicare card until you prove you live in Australia.

Costs of medication and operations in Australia

Moving to Australia and want to know if your medication or recommended operation is subsidised in Australia (how much is […]
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May 21, 2024

Moving to Australia and want to know if your medication or recommended operation is subsidised in Australia (how much is it going to cost you).

There are many things to consider when moving to Australia, and whether you can still get the prescriptions you need is high on the list.

There also might be an operation you’ve been told you might need, and you want to know if you will be covered under Medicare and how much it will cost.

Australian Age Pension

Are New Zealanders able to get the age pension in Australia? Yes! But there is more to it. Here is […]
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Apr 5, 2024
Australian age pension

Are New Zealanders able to get the age pension in Australia? Yes! But there is more to it. Here is all the information you need to know…

New Zealanders who are 67 years or older and live in Australia should be eligible for an Australian Age Pension. As long as they meet the resident, income, and asset eligibility criteria.

Please note that the eligibility criteria has recently been changed, so you will need to wait until you are now 67 to receive the Australian Age Pension if you were born on or after 1 January 1957. Read more below.

Under Australia’s international social security agreement with New Zealand, NZ citizens living in Australia can apply for the Australian Age Pension (over 67 years, see below), 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.

Having a baby in Australia

Do New Zealanders get free maternity care in Australia? Do we get free midwife services and child delivery services in […]
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May 15, 2024
Having a baby in Australia

Do New Zealanders get free maternity care in Australia? Do we get free midwife services and child delivery services in Australia? Do we receive Parental Leave Pay?

The cost of having a baby will vary depending on whether you give birth in the public or private system. In Australia, pregnancy care in a public hospital or birth centre is free because it is covered by Medicare, which covers New Zealanders on an SCV, Australian citizens, and some visitors to Australia. And we can receive some Government payments.

We are eligible for Parental Leave Pay as New Zealand citizens living in Australia on an SCV and don’t have to wait the newly arrived residents wait period of 2 years. However, you do need to meet the income and work tests. Read more below.

Medicare Australia

How to apply, what you’re entitled to, costs of healthcare, medicines through PBS and more… Medicare is a publicly funded […]
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May 21, 2024
Medicare Australia

How to apply, what you’re entitled to, costs of healthcare, medicines through PBS and more…

Medicare is a publicly funded universal health care scheme in Australia. Operated by the government authority Medicare Australia, Medicare is the primary funder of health care in Australia, funding primary health care for Australian citizens and permanent residents (except for those on Norfolk Island).

Residents are entitled to subsidised treatment from medical practitioners, eligible midwives, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals who have been issued a Medicare provider number and can also obtain free treatment in public hospitals.

As an NZ Citizen, you are eligible for Medicare Australia. However, you do need to either be living in Australia for 6 months or provide proof that you’ll be living here for the next 6 months.

Private Health Insurance

Do you need it, how much does it cost and where to compare policies… If you are making plans to […]
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Sep 13, 2023
Private Health Insurance

Do you need it, how much does it cost and where to compare policies…

If you are making plans to move to Australia, applying for health insurance is an important part of the process. Aside from that, it’s always a good idea to prepare for the unexpected.

In Australia, the public health system Medicare covers most Australian residents for health care. However, Medicare does not cover everything and you can choose to take out private health insurance to give yourself a wider range of healthcare options and more comprehensive coverage.