You might apply for an exemption to the income test if you hold a Subclass 444 (Special Category) visa and fit into one of three categories. These categories are as follows:
- applicants who are prevented by an Australian authority from leaving Australia to return to New Zealand because the Family Court of Australia has assigned primary care of a child to the applicant and places restrictions on the applicant from removing the child from Australia
- applicants who are receiving compensation for an injury which prevents them earning at or above the income threshold, and if they returned to New Zealand their ongoing rehabilitation and/or compensation would be discontinued
- applicants who are on an approved period of parental or carer’s leave; and immediately prior to the period of leave, had an annual income that was not less that the applicable minimum amount; and have resumed, or intend to resume, earning an income that no less that the applicable minimum amount.
Exemptions are detailed in the legislative instrument.