Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 12 September 2014, 18:20 NZST
  • Still current at: 16 April 2024

New Zealanders in Australia are advised to monitor the media for information about threats to safety and security and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.

There is a global risk of terrorism. New Zealanders travelling and living in Australia are advised to take account of the terror threat level assigned by the Australian authorities when making travel decisions.

On 12 September 2014, the threat level for Australia was raised from Medium to High (level three on a four level scale). This means security authorities regard a terrorist attack is likely. The advice is not based on knowledge of a specific attack plan but rather a body of evidence that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack in Australia.

Australia remains a target for terrorist interest. Internationally trained terrorists and groups and domestic-based extremists are the predominant threat. Terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq continue to plan attacks against the West. Australia has identified concerns related to foreign fighters returning to Australia from conflicts in these countries.

General travel advice

New Zealanders making short term visits to Australia should ensure they take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy. While we have a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia which entitles New Zealand residents to emergency hospital treatment, the agreement does not cover out-of-hospital medical treatment including services like ambulance cover, medical evacuations and elective treatment including doctors' visits.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Australia are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

See our Going to Australia section.

Travel tips

New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

Contact details are

Street Address Commonwealth Avenue Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia Telephone +61 2 6270 4211 Facsimile+61 2 6273 3194 Email Website New Zealand High Commission Canberra  Office hours Mon - Fri 0845 - 1700 hrs

New Zealand Consulate-General, Sydney

Contact details are

Street Address Level 10, 55 Hunter Street Sydney, NSW 2000 Postal address GPO Box 365, Sydney, NSW 2001 Telephone +61 2 8256 2000 Weekend Emergencies +61 2 9225 2300 or 1300 559 535 Facsimile +61 2 9221 7836 Email Website NZTE Sydney regional office Office hours Mon ”“ Fri 0900 ”“ 1230 and 1330 ”“ 1700 hours

New Zealand Consulate-General, Melbourne

Contact details are

Street Address Level 4, 45 William Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia Postal Address PO Box 559 Collins Street West VIC 8007 Telephone+61 3 9678 0201 Email Website NZTE Melbourne Office hours Mon ”“ Fri 0900 ”“ 1230, 1330 -1600 hours

Honorary Consulate for Western Australia

Street Address 1 Sleat Road Applecross WA 6153 Postal Address 1 Sleat Road Applecross WA 6153 Telephone (08) 9364 1700 Facsimile (08) 9329 3603 Email Office hours Mon - Fri 08.00 - 1700 pm

Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Destinations in Australia where we advise normal.


Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Australia (level 1 of 4).

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