Can New Zealand citizens work in Australia?

Most New Zealand citizens can visit, live and work in Australia without applying for a tourist or work visa. However, permanent NZ residents in NZ need to apply for a visa.

New Zealand citizens who enter Australia on a New Zealand passport do so under a Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement and do not have to apply for a visa before travelling. They are granted a Special Category visa (SCV) on arrival in Australia, subject to meeting certain health and character requirements.

The SCV is a temporary visa but it allows a New Zealand citizen to remain indefinitely and live, work or study in Australia as long as that person remains a New Zealand citizen. As the SCV is not a permanent visa, visa holders do not have the same rights and benefits as Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.  This means they can't vote, access student loans or join the military. They are also not entitled to unemployment or sickness benefits (more about benefits can be found here).

If you are a New Zealand citizen with criminal convictions you are required to obtain written confirmation from DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) before you travel  - no matter how long ago your convictions were, or whether they have been purged from government records.

Find out about Visa requirements here

Can a New Zealand Permanent Resident live and work in Australia?

New Zealand permanent residents are not entitled to the Special Category Visa (SCV) that allows NZ citizens to live and work in Australia. If you are a New Zealand permanent resident you will have to apply for a visa.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has a Visa finder that can help give you an idea of your options.

What can I ship to australia?

Australia has a strict quarantine service known as the Austalian Quarantine Inspection Service or AQIS.   Every shipment entering into Australia is subject to a physical inspection by the  AQIS to check your shipment does not contain any prohibited/restricted items or contaminated risk items.

If your shipment has any contaminants or restricted items then the quarantine service may order them to be treated by way of fumigation, steam cleaning or if prohibited confiscated/destruction.  The charges for this can be very expensive, so to try and avoid them we recommend that you thoroughly clean all of your outdoor furniture, gardening tools, lawn mowers, sports equipment, bikes, camping equipment and vacuum cleaners and the like before they are to be shipped.

If you are bringing in goods made from or including animal products - eg treated skins, hides, furs, hairs or feathers - you will need to declare them.  Some of these items might be prohibited under international wildlife legislation and might require import permits before you enter Australia. See Australian Quarantine Requirements for more or talk to one of our consultants.

What about customs?

Your possessions must be cleared for entry by Australian Customs.  We'll let you know when your container has landed in Australia and our Australian partner will let you know of the estimated dates for quarantine and customs clearances and delivery of your goods.

Your shipment will then be checked by Australia's Quarantine Inspection personnel and released for delivery by our representatives in Australia.

Should I insure my goods?

We takes every precaution to ensure your items are securely packed and moved without damage or loss but unfortunately some damage or loss can occur so we do recommend you purchase marine insurance. We can provide a number of insurance options depending on your needs

How much does it cost to move to australia?

The cost depends on the way you ship (or fly) your goods, how much you have and where you are going. To make it easy we provide you with a free quote - just fill in the form on this page!

How should I prepare myself for the move?

Read our tips for moving overseas for some tips to help you settle in to a new country!

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Unlike many other movers, we will provide you with a fixed quote based on your specific list of items.

Should you wish to add or remove any items, we will adjust our fixed quote accordingly. Hence, no nasty surprises at the end of the move process.

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Free In-Home Consultation:

If you are moving the majority of your household items, one of our experienced moving consultants will visit your home to establish your specific packing requirements and any unique moving needs.

Let Ausmove make your move to Australia easy and stress-free.

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