Yes! Starting from July 1, 2023, New Zealand citizens who have lived in Australia for a minimum of four years (and hold a Special Category Visa or SCV) can directly apply for Australian citizenship. They no longer need to go through the process of obtaining a permanent visa first. 

This change applies to New Zealand citizens who arrived in Australia after February 26, 2001. 

You can apply for Australian citizenship yourself by creating an ImmiAccount online and following the step-by-step process. However, it's worth noting that the citizenship application process can be intricate and challenging.

At Potts Lawyers, we offer a straightforward and less stressful path to Australian citizenship. Our team of skilled migration lawyers will guide you through each step, ensure you meet all the requirements, and provide the required documentation at the right time.

Contact us today to find out how we can assist New Zealand citizens seeking Australian citizenship.

Yes, both New Zealand and Australia permit dual citizenship.

As a result, New Zealanders who become Australian citizens do not forfeit any of their existing rights; instead, they gain additional rights and benefits.

New Zealand citizens can apply for Australian citizenship after living in Australia for 4 years or more, with at least 12 months as a permanent resident.

This rule applied from 1 July 2023, and for NZ 189 visa holders, eligibility was backdated to 1 January 2022.

Check the eligibility criteria.

Yes, becoming an Australian citizen grants access to a range of benefits, including:

  • Centrelink Payment Services.

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

  • HECS-Help for education.

  • Right to vote.

  • Right to apply for an Australian passport and visit 181 countries visa-free.

  • Right to 24-hour consular assistance when travelling abroad.

  • Children can become Australian citizens through descent.

  • Right to hold Federal government jobs, such as in the Australian Defence, Police, Border Force, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or as a politician.

  • Right to serve on a jury.

  • Protection from removal from Australia.

No, your children will not automatically acquire Australian citizenship when you do.

However, they have the option to individually apply for Australian citizenship.

If they are under 16 years of age, they can also be included in your own citizenship application.

To apply for Australian citizenship through Potts Lawyers, for those who meet their Standard Introductory Australian Citizenship Package, the fees are as follows:

  1. General Applicant: $770
    • Plus, any additional costs or disbursements, such as the $540 Government application fee.
  2. Child under 16 years old: $330
    • Plus, any additional costs or disbursements.

For those applying online directly through the government portal, you can find the list of citizenship fees on their website.


  • New Zealand citizen children may also apply for Australian Citizenship. Special rules apply.
  • Let us know if you have children and we will help obtain their Australian Citizenship