The New Zealand High Commission Canberra is often involved when the death of a New Zealand citizen in Australia happens.

Finding next of kin

When the death of a New Zealand citizen in Australia happens, the local authorities will often approach the New Zealand High Commission to find the next of kin (relatives, family or whanau) in New Zealand, if they are unable to find a next of kin in Australia. 

Once the next of kin has been found, New Zealand Police will be asked to notify them in person.  

Contact us

Relatives of a New Zealander who passes away in Australia are welcome to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington, or call the New Zealand High Commission Canberra or consulates directly.

Find more information in our Bereavement booklet for New Zealand citizens living in Australia [PDF, 344 KB].