Tax File Number
New Zealanders working in Australia need to get a Tax File number (TFN) and pay Australian tax. Without a TFN an employer will withhold tax at the maximum rate plus the Medicare levy. Registration forms for a TFN may be obtained from the Australian Taxation Office.
New Zealanders need to provide proof of identity before they can open a bank account in Australia. There are points assigned for information categories, and they must add up to 100 – a passport is worth 80, and other identification worth points may include a photographic drivers licence, Australian property lease documents, and electricity or telephone accounts. All these paper documents must be in the exact name of the applicant, with the name spelled identically.
Consular Officers can provide information on deportation arrangements and prisoner aid services for prisoners who will be returning to New Zealand but do not undertake visits to prisoners in Australia.
Should you wish to report a New Zealand citizen as missing in Australia, your first point of contact is the local police.
Tracing family members:
An excellent family tracing service is provided for a small fee by the Salvation Army.