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Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand
Mr Michael Potts is Australia’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, with concurrent accreditation to the Cook Islands. The High Commissioner's welcome message is available here.
Remembering the victims of MH17
Thur 24.07.14 | Members of the public are welcome to sign a condolence book at the Australian High Commission in Wellington and the Australian Consulate General in Auckland. For more information please click here
Reminder about passport validity when travelling to Australia
Australia requires that your passport must be valid only for the period of your intended travel in and out of Australia. There is no requirement for your passport to be valid for six months after your travel.
A TOUCH OF AUSTRALIA
Each fortnight we’ll bring you a new photograph, profiling a different aspect of Australia’s rich culture, heritage and landscape.
Mt Wellington, Hobart, TAS 2013
Photo courtesy of Graham Freeman / Tourism Australia.
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Travel advice for Australians visiting New Zealand
For Australians visiting New Zealand, please see the following link for our travel advice: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/New_Zealand
For information on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Consular Privacy Collection policy, please see here.
Passports and notarials visit to Christchurch
Our team will be in Christchurch on Monday 21 July to provide services including passport interviews and the witnessing of statutory declarations (for Australian super transfers). If you would like to make an appointment, please contact us on 04 473 6411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online lodgement for visitor visas from 9 May 2014
From 9 May 2014, the Australian Government is providing online access to nationals of Pacific Island countries amongst others (including Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) to apply for a Visitor Visa (visa subclass 600). For more information, see Visas and immigration.
Australians voting in the New Zealand General Election
The New Zealand General Election will be held on Saturday 20 September 2014. Australian citizens who have been living in New Zealand for a year are considered permanent residents, so are eligible to enrol to vote if over the age of 18 years old.
In New Zealand, it is legally required that all eligible people enrol to vote, however there is no legal requirement to participate in the election.
For information on how to enrol to vote, visit www.elections.org.nz or contact the Electoral Commission on 0800 36 76 56.
Superannuation portability between Australia and New Zealand
Do you have superannuation savings in Australia? Superannuation funds became portable between Australia and New Zealand on 1 July 2013. For further detail, see this media release.
Information on how this arrangement affects Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulated super funds is available here.
Information for individuals regarding the portability scheme is available here.
If you have further questions regarding the portability scheme, please contact the Australian Taxation Office directly on +61 2 6216 1111 or visit www.ato.gov.au.
As part of the process, you will need to have a Statutory Declaration signed in front of an Australian Diplomatic or Consular Officer, or an authorised Australian in New Zealand. For information on how we can provide this service, please see: Statutory Declarations