The Government has announced changes to temporary visa holders’ arrangements during the Covid-19 crisis:
Visitor Visa (up to 3 months visa) are encouraged to return to their home country.
If you are a New Zealand citizen who arrived prior to 26 February 2001, you will have access to welfare payments and the JobKeeper payment.
All other New Zealand citizens who arrived after 2001 will have access to the JobKeeper payment only, unless you have lived in Australia for 10 years or more you will also have access to JobSeeker payments for six months.
If stood down, will maintain your visa validity and will have the opportunity to extend your visa as per normal arrangements. You are also permitted to work reduced hours without breaching visa conditions, and you can access up to $10,000 of your superannuation
If you have been ‘laid off’ you will need to leave the country unless you find another employer to sponsor you.
Should a 4-year visa holder be re-employed after the pandemic, their time already spent in Australia will count towards permanent residency requirements.
Working Holiday Makers who work in agriculture or food processing will be exempt from the six month work limitation with the same employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if the current visa is due to expire in the next six months.