To be eligible for Australian citizenship you need to meet legal requirements which include that you:
- hold a permanent visa, or are a ‘protected SCV’ holder under the Social Security Act 1991
- meet the residence requirement
- are of good character if you are 18 years of age or older.
Eligible protected SCV holders include those who:
- were in Australia on 26 February 2001 on a Special Category Visa (SCV); or
- were in Australia for 12 months in the 2 years immediately before this date; or
- have been assessed as protected SCV holders (have a Centrelink certificate stating that they were living in Australia on a particular date).
Usually, unless you have been granted another type of visa, on your arrival in Australia and when you present your New Zealand passport, you will automatically be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444). It is a temporary visa that lets you stay and work in Australia. It is not a permanent residence visa.
Information about the
additional pathway to permanent residence introduced on 1 July 2017, and general information for
New Zealanders in Australia is available.
Documents - get your identity documents, character documents and supporting documents.
Apply - pay the fee and apply. We will assess your application and advise you when this is complete.
Appointment - you will be invited to an appointment to sit your citizenship test or have an interview. We will make a decision about your application and advise you of the outcome.
Ceremony - make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at your citizenship ceremony after you receive an invitation.
The fee for this application is AUD 285 unless you are eligible for a