Resident Return Visa
A Resident Return Visa may be available to you if you previously held permanent residency in Australia. To do this, Kiwis must be living in Australia for 6 months or longer prior to application (most often having entered on a SCV for the second time), and be able to show the Department of Immigration that you have “substantial” business, employment or personal ties to Australia, and that you had a valid or “compelling” reason to remain outside of Australia for the period that you had been absent. It is possible for your Resident Return visa to be suspended if you leave Australia and cannot give a good reason for “abandoning” your residence in Australia for five years or more.
Obtaining a Resident Return Visa means that you will be able to sponsor your partner and/or children for a permanent visa in Australia.