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Australian High Commission, New Zealand
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.
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.
Australian National Terrorism Public Alert Level Raised to High
To view Prime Minister, The Hon Tony Abbott MP's full media statement please click here.
Job Vacancy: Defence Finance Officer (full time)
The Office of the Defence Adviser (ODA) in the Australian High Commission co-ordinates Australian Defence engagements & activities within New Zealand, Samoa and the Cook Islands. For the full job decsription please click here.
Cricket World Cup 2015
Two countries, one visa for Cricket World Cup 2015.
For information on applying for a visa for the Cricket World Cup, visit: www.immi.gov.au/cwc
Upcoming passport and notarial visits (South Island)
The Australian High Commission is planning visits to the South Island (NZ) to provide Passport interviews and Notarial services.
**Please contact us early to register your interest in an appointment**.
Proposed (indicative) dates:
2014 Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 September Queenstown
2014 Late November-Early December Christchurch
2015 March Dunedin
To register your interest in an appointment please:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Telephone: 04 473 6411 (select option 2 — passport enquiries)
Please have on hand information such as:
1. Preferred location you would like the appointment.
2. Name and contact details of person attending appointment (mobile/email).
3. Type of appointment required (First Adult/Renewing Adult/Child Passport, Witnessing/Statutory Declaration/Notarial).
4. Preferred time of appointment.
Closer to the date of the visit we will contact you to confirm your appointment and go over what you will need to bring with you.
We will also confirm venue location, cost of the services and what payments we will be able to take on the day (some locations will not have EFTPOS available).
If there is enough interest additional days may be added.
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.
Australians in New Zealand
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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.
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