Australian Visa Information
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa on arrival. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for certain types of visas on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Invitation Letter and Visa
If you require an invitation letter for visa purposes please download and fill out this Invitation Letter Request Form and return to us. Please note this procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference.
Customs and Quarantine
Australia's customs laws prohibit you from bringing drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms and protected wildlife into Australia. Some common items, such as fresh or packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, plants, seeds, skins and feathers, are also prohibited. There is no limit on currency but you will need to declare amounts over AUD$10,000. For more information visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Medicine brought into Australia for personal use is subject to controls and must be declared on arrival. It is recommended you bring a prescription or letter from your doctor outlining your medical condition and the medicine you are carrying. For more detailed information go to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
You don't need vaccinations unless you have come from, or have visited, a yellow fever infected country within six days of your arrival. However, regulations and medical advice can change at short notice, so check with your doctor and the Australian Department of Health before you leave home.
Taking out a travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss, accidents and medical problems is highly recommended. If you plan to do any adventure sports, such as scuba diving, bungee jumping, motorcycling, skiing or even bushwalking, check you are fully covered under your policy. The Australian Government has reciprocal health care agreements with some countries through Australia's public-funded health service, Medicare. Visit the Department of Human Services for more information.
Useful Travel Tips
Currency, communications and health and safety should all be considered when you're planning for your trip to Australia. See the useful travel tips page for more information.
Australia's climate varies widely across the continent. There are four seasons in most of the country, and a wet and dry season in the tropical north. Our seasons are the opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. Between December and February is summer for most of the country, and the wet season in the tropical north. The Australian winter, from June to August, is generally mild, but brings snow to the southern mountain regions and dry, sunny days in our northern states. It's important to protect yourself from the Australian sun with a hat, shirt and SPF30+ sunscreen. For more detailed information visit the Bureau of Meteorology.
Australia is divided into three time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).
AEST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 10 hours (UTC +10).
ACST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 9½ hours (UTC +9½).
AWST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 8 hours (UTC +8).
Tipping is acceptable in Australia. It is not compulsory.