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.

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

For information on the threat of a terrorist attack in Australia, please click here.

Job Vacancy: Passports & Consular Officer

Be part of a small passports and consular team that provides passport services including interviewing passport applicants, producing emergency passports and detecting passport fraud. This role will also provide consular and notarial services to Australians which includes assisting with whereabouts enquiries, arrest or detention matters and medical emergencies. For the job description 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:

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 Late November-Early December              Christchurch
2015 March                                                        Dunedin

To register your interest in an appointment please:
Email: 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

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.

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

Quick links

Information about applying for a visa to Australia

Information about applying for an Australian passport

Frequently asked questions 


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