Information for International Visitors

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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.

Quarantine restrictions

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

Drink driving

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.

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.

Geelong Emergency contacts

All emergency Services: 000

In Australia, 000 is the main point of call for all emergency services. 911 will not redirect to 000.


Barwon Health Geelong Emergency Department
(03) 4215 0100

Geelong Police

(03) 5225 3100

Geelong CFA (Fire)

(03) 5240 2700, Email [1]

Waurn Ponds (Uni Res accomodation)

03 5227 1158, Web [2]

On Call Linux Conference Australia Organizer

0484 112 896

Crisis and Mental Health

Lifeline Australia - Crisis support and suicide prevention
13 11 14
Beyond Blue - Support Service and referrals
1300 22 4636