Kiwis living in Australia have the option of voting in New Zealand's general election pitting the conservative Nationals government against Labour under new leader Jacinda Ardern.
Who are they?
- About 640,000 Kiwis live in Australia
- Only 33,000 are registered to vote this year
- NZ citizens living in Australia who have gone home at least once in the past three years are eligible to vote.
When they need to vote by
- Voting for New Zealanders in Australia will close at 4pm AEST on Friday.
- Voting in New Zealand ends on Saturday at 7pm NZEST.
- The three most popular polling booths in Australia during the 2014 general election were in Melbourne, Perth and on the Gold Coast.
How do they vote?
- Kiwis in Australia can either vote online or head into one of 16 polling stations located across Australia: Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Perth and Sydney.
- It is compulsory for a NZ citizen to be registered on the electoral roll but voting is optional.
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Migration to Australia
- About 20,500 Kiwis emigrated to Australia in the year to April 2017 but at least one in four of those New Zealand citizens were born overseas, according to Stats NZ.
- Migration from New Zealand has dropped to 20,500 last year from 27,600 an average on previous years.
- New Zealanders wanting to become Australian citizens need to have lived for at least four years in Australia before they can apply.