20 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Kiwis in Australia face unemployment

From Morning Report, 8:17 am on 20 March 2020

New Zealanders in Australia who face months of unemployment or dramatically reduced working hours because of Covid-19 may have to do so with no financial assistance.

Of the 634,000 New Zealanders living in Australia, about half are not eligible for welfare payments there, because of a law change in 2001.

An advocacy group for those people, OzKiwi, says the New Zealand government will probably have to kick up a stink to get Australia to ease the restrictions during the pandemic.

Kate Newton reports.