Visas and immigration
Welcome to the website of the Australian High Commission in Wellington. The Immigration, Citizenship by Descent and Visa office is based at the Australian Consulate General in Auckland. It is an overseas office of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The office assists clients who are usually residents of New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and Pitcairn Island.
It is important for you to plan ahead and apply for visas early to avoid disappointment. We advise you not to book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The Department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa applications were finalised later than expected or unsuccessful.
A complete application is the correct form, fee, supporting documentation and biometrics (if required).
Standard Processing Times – DIBP website
New Zealand Citizens and Third Country Nationals
If you are a New Zealand citizen, do not have tuberculosis or a criminal conviction, you can live and work in Australia without applying for a visa in advance. You will be eligible for a Special Category Visa (subclass 444) which is granted on arrival when you travel on a valid New Zealand passport.
If you have questions regarding the Special Category Visa (Subclass 444) or applying for other visas, please see these Frequently Asked Questions.
If you are a citizen of another nationality (not New Zealand), follow this link to work out what kind of visa you are eligible for - Find a Visa
For information about visa fees, please see www.border.gov.au
Travelling with a Criminal Conviction - http://newzealand.embassy.gov.au/wltn/travellingwithacriminalconviction.html
Applying for a Visa to Australia
All paper based visa applications in New Zealand are lodged through the Australian Visa Application Centres (AVAC) in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown or Wellington on behalf of the Department. Their contact details are as follows:
Auckland: Ground Floor, Big Albert Building, 87-89 Albert Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland
Operating hours – 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday
Extended hours – Available by appointment only from 4.30 pm to 7 pm Monday to Friday
Christchurch: Break Free on Cashel Hotel, 165 Cashel Street, Christchurch 8011
Operating hours – 8 am to 3.30 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday by appointment only.
Dunedin: Wains Hotel, Dunedin, 310 Princes Street, Dunedin 9016
Operating hours – 11 am to 3.30 pm, Monday (fortnightly) by appointment only.
Queenstown: Sofitel Hotel, 8 Duke Street, Queenstown 9300
Operating hours – 11.00 am to 3.30 pm, Monday (fortnightly) by appointment only.
Wellington: Davis Langdon House, Level 4, 49 Boulcott Street, Wellington 6011
Operating hours – 8 am to 3.30 pm, Thursday & Friday by appointment only.
Website - www.ttsaustralia.com
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone lines - (09 366 0274) are available from 8 am - 7 pm, Monday to Friday.
Postal Address – PO Box 105154, Auckland 1143, Auckland.
DIBP – Auckland Visa & Citizenship application checklists are available here:
- Citizenship by Descent
- New Zealand Citizen Temporary Resident (subclass 461)
- Business Visa (subclass 600)
- Business Visa (subclass 600) Chinese version
- Tourist Visa (subclass 600)
- Tourist Visa (subclass 600) Chinese version
- Transit Visa (subclass 771)
Changes to Australian Visa Application Centre arrangements in New Zealand – February 2017
New Australian Visa Application Centre - Dunedin
- A new Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) will be opening in Dunedin from 20 February 2017, operating on alternate Mondays.
- The new AVAC is in addition to the AVACs currently operating in Auckland, Queenstown, Wellington and Christchurch. This service will provide a convenient option for people who require an Australian visa living in the Southland and Otago regions.
Change to days of operation - Queenstown
- The AVAC in Queenstown will be changing its days of operation to alternate Mondays only, commencing Monday 27 February 2017.
Most clients lodging a visa application for Australia in New Zealand will need to attend an Australian Visa Application Centre in person to provide biometrics unless they are excluded or exempted from the Programme. New Zealand citizens are excluded from providing biometrics.
Visa applicants who apply for online visas may need to provide their biometrics. If so, they will be sent an electronic letter requiring them to have their biometrics collected at an AVAC.
The AVACs in Dunedin, Queenstown, Wellington and Christchurch will charge a Premium location surcharge in addition to the standard service fee for receiving applications and collecting biometrics. Applicants are required to make an appointment to attend the AVACs.
The quickest and most efficient way to lodge a visa application in New Zealand is to submit a complete visa application with all of the required supporting documentation at an AVAC and have your biometrics collected at the same time.
For more information, please see:
AVAC website: http://www.ttsaustralia.com
DIBP website: http://www.border.gov.au
Lodging online visas
You may be eligible to lodge your visa application online. Please see Online Services for eligible nationalities and other online visas. Online applications can also be made at the Department’s website www.border.gov.au .
Factors for consideration:
- You will need access to a credit card to pay for an online application. A third party may complete an online application on your behalf with your consent.
- If you have lodged an online visa application through the Department’s website, please note that the AVAC cannot provide any information regarding the status of your application, nor do they have access to the Department’s systems.
- You may need to provide your Biometrics (finger prints & facial images) and this will require attending an AVAC office in person. See - http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Biom
Important changes for the Department:
- ‘The Australian Government has announced it will enhance the way visa and citizenship services are delivered using the latest digital technologies. For more information visit the Department Immigration and Border Protection’s website.’
The URL link is https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/visa-reform
- 20/02/2017 – Online visitor visa for Chinese nationals
- 19/11/2016 – Temporary Activity Reform (TAVR) framework – Further information can be found at the Department’s website , at: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/temporary-activity-visa-changes
- 18/11/2016 - Partner and Prospective Marriage Visa Applications - New Limitations on Approval of Sponsorship. Further information is available on our department's website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Brin/sponsor-requirements
Key events for New Zealand:
- 20/02/2017 – Pop-up VAC in Dunedin &
27/02/2017 – Pop-up Vac in Queenstown
- 03/10/2016 – Auckland AVAC relocated to new premises
All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia.
Please note: 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.
For information regarding living in Australia, please follow this link to our Living in Australia page.