Information for International Visitors
If you're travelling to Australia from overseas, we've put together some handy information to help make your journey a smooth one.
What are the visa requirements for Australia?
Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).
There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. For Speakers,your Speaker Liaison has further information on visa options and can provide fact sheets and guidance. Should you require a Letter of Invitation for your visa application, your Speaker Liaison will also be able to assist. Please note that Letters of Invitation will not be provided for Delegates.
Further information on Australian visa and immigration requirements can be found at Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Australian summers are hot. You must wear sunscreen, and remain hydrated. At a rough guide, you will need to drink at least 2 litres of water per day during summer.
Australia has some of the strongest quarantine laws in the world. You cannot bring fresh fruit, meats, animal products and many other items into the country.
For more information, see Australian customs and quarantine information.
Australian and Victorian laws
Australia has very strict drink driving laws. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration is 0.05 and this is strictly policed.
The legal age of majority in Australia is 18 years.
This is enforced rigorously, with stiff penalties for the liquor outlet as well as the employee serving you. Hence you might be asked to show photo identification as proof of age, especially if you look under 25.
Same sex couples
While same sex marriage is not legal in Australia, society and most businesses are very tolerant and welcoming of same sex partners. The Conference Code of Conduct is designed to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment.