New Zealand citizen - summary

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 concession.