New Zealand citizen - summary

For processing times, read Quick guide to Australian citizenship

To be eligible for Australian citizenship you need to meet legal requirements which include that you:

  • hold a permanent resident visa, or if you do not hold a permanent resident visa and one of the following apply to you:
    • you were  in Australia on 26 February 2001 on a Special Category Visa (SCV)
    • if you were not in Australia on 26 February 2001, you have spent a period totalling 12 months in Australia on an SCV in the two years immediately before 26 February 2001
    • you have a Centrelink certificate stating that you were living in Australia on a particular date
  • meet the residence requirement
  • are of good character if you are 18 years of age or older.

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.