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he can apply for the partner visa, but he would need to be able to explain why he was deported from Australia and if necessary seek a character waiver. But you could only apply if you were living in New Zealand for a partner visa to live in New Zealand. This would not enable you to get a partner visa for him to joing you in Australia.
The real problem is that I do not believe the information about applying while you live in Australia is correct. If you lived in New Zealand you could make the application, and then moved to Australia but you would still need to face the issue of the deportation. That would be a separate issue with the Australian immigration authorities, because normally when you have been deported there is a standouown period before you can apply to re-enter, even if he had a New Zealand partner visa. The character waiver is just a statutory declaration about the circumstances under which he was deported. You would need to provide a proper explanation as to why the Australian authorities deported him.
I understand, so you could apply for his visa in anticipation of returning. You will still need the explanation of the deportation however
Those reasons should be useful in helping him get a partner visa, so that is the sort of explanation you need to provide
Great, glad to help