Australian High Commission
New Zealand
High Commission address: 72-76 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington - Telephone: +64 (0)4 473 6411 - Fax: +64 (0)4 498 7135

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.

Job Vacancy: Public Affairs Manager

The Australian High Commission is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified applicants for the above position.

You will manage a dynamic and varied Public Affairs function including media arrangements for high level visits from Australia. You will project manage major events hosted by the High Commission and oversee our active public diplomacy programme. You will ensure our website and social media channels are relevant, accurate and user-friendly.

For full job description 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.




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.


The Australian High Commission on Facebook and Twitter

Be sure to keep up with the latest on all things Australian via the Australian High Commission’s new Facebook page, Australia in New Zealand, and Twitter account, @AusHCNZ.

Travel advice for Australians visiting New Zealand

For Australians visiting New Zealand, please see the following link for our travel advice:

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 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

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


Information about applying for a visa to Australia

Information about applying for an Australian passport

Frequently asked questions 


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