International Visitors

Visa Information

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. The appropriate visa will depend, amongst other things, on your purpose for visiting Australia. The 'Visa options for Conferences, Trade Fairs, Seminars or Expos' fact sheet outlines some visa options that may be applicable.

For more information on visa application requirements, view the 'Visa Application Requirements' fact sheet.

You should apply for your visa well in advance of the conference date. We strongly recommend that you apply at least two months prior to your intended date of departure.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection reserves the right to change regulations, so for all the latest information relating to obtaining an Australian visa, please visit: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visi

Invitation Letters

Invitation letters will be provided to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment.

Official acceptance and invitation letters may be obtained by contacting Event Management by email: conference@ausimm.com.au.

Invitation letters can only be requested once payment of registration has been received. Please note when applying for your visa you should include a copy of your registration confirmation.

Health and character requirements

Australia has health and character requirements which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.

Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plant products and many cannot be brought into the country without prior application. To have a smooth transition through quarantine and to enjoy your visit in Australia, it is important that you understand Australia’s quarantine regulations. Visit www.daff.gov.au for more information.

Customs

Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.

Health

Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever- infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Tax

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Tipping

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. No service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.