New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


Press Release by National Rural Fire Authority at 3:04PM, 13 Feb 2013.

A fresh wave of New Zealand firefighters leaves tomorrow to help fight the bushfires that have extended firefighting resources in remote areas of Victoria.


While flood waters are receding in many parts of Queensland and New South Wales, some areas are likely to remain affected by moderate flooding. 


Heavy rain as a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald has led to severe flooding in parts of Queensland.  While flood levels in much of Queensland are expected to peak around midnight tonight, ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald is expected to move rapidly south through eastern New South Wales and be located near Sydney around midnight on Monday 28 January.  Heavy rainfall has already occurred in north east NSW and several flood warnings have been issued as the weather system moves south.  The flooding is not expected to be as severe as the flooding experienced in 2011.


The Australian government's Department of Human Services has made available an ex-gratia payment  to assist New Zealand 'non-protected' special category visa holders (sub-class 444) who have been adversely affected by the Queensland floods that began on 21 January 2013.

You have until 29 July 2013 to lodge a claim for the following Local Government Areas:


Follow the link below to read New Zealand's opening statement to round 15 of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in Auckland:


Christchurch makes Lonely Planet Guide’s Top 10. Discovery Stream launches to celebrate the ever-evolving city.

(Sydney, Australia)  Lonely Planet has announced placement of Christchurch at number six on its list of ‘Top 10 Cities for 2013’.  This recognition is being hailed as game-changing news for the city’s tourism industry.


Stakeholder information for Auckland round

As hosts of the next round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, New Zealand is pleased to announce SkyCity Convention Centre in downtown Auckland as the venue for Round 15 to be held over 3-12 December 2012.


Prime Minister John Key has extended New Zealand's condolences to the people of Australia, who have suffered the loss of five brave soldiers in two separate incidents in the southern Uruzgan and the Helmand provinces in Afghanistan.

This news is particularly painful coming less than two weeks after the deaths of three New Zealand soldiers in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) incident in the Bamyan province.


From 30 July 2012, the receiving office for temporary New Zealand visa applications for all applicants residing in Australia is changing to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) Sydney.


Monday 6 February 2012

Prime Minister, Minister for Emergency Management

The Australian Government today activated direct payments of additional disaster assistance for communities in Queensland and Northern NSW hit by flooding as a result of recent heavy rainfall.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) of $1000 per adult and $400 per child will be made available through Centrelink to people who have been impacted by flooding in disaster declared areas.

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