Anyone wishing to travel to and enter Australia must have a valid passport
and the appropriate Australian visa. The type of visa depends on the purpose
of the visit. Overseas visitors seeking to attend or participate in, a Conference
or event in Australia should, in most cases, apply for a short stay
business visitor visa (subclass 456). You must apply for your visa
early (we suggest that you apply two months prior to your departure), to ensure
that details are confirmed prior to your departure for the Conference. Information
about this important requirement can also be found on the Australian Government
website at http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/visiting_business_short.htm
Some participants will be able to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority
(ETA). You can apply for an ETA via the Internet http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/
or through a travel agent, an airline office or a specialist service provider
to arrange an ETA on your behalf.
ETA ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
- Hong Kong SAR
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States Of America
- Vatican City
(a) Taiwan passport holders can be processed for an ETA only if resident in
and applying in Taiwan.
(b) UK passport holders whose nationality is British National (Overseas) can
be processed for an ETA only if resident in and applying in Hong Kong SAR.
Non-ETA country delegates need to lodge a subclass ‘456’ visa application
at the nearest Australian Mission overseas. The application form (also number
456) can be downloaded from the website www.immi.gov.au
INVITATION LETTER AND VISA
On request with your registration details, the Organising Committee will send
a letter of invitation to participate in the Conference. Such an invitation
is extended specifically to assist participants to obtain travel funds or appropriate
visas and does not imply any commitment on the part of the Organiser to provide
Please indicate on your registration form if you require a letter of invite.
The letter will be forwarded to you with confirmation of your registration.
The Conference Organisers will also provide delegate details to the Department
of Immigration who will pass on the information to overseas posts to assist
with the Visa process, enabling more informed and timely decisions by overseas
The Department of Immigration (DIMIA) World Index within the website (http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas.htm)
provides a list of all Australian missions overseas by country and by
city. The information is regularly updated and includes:
- Information identifying the post where residents of each country should
lodge applications for entry and where these applications are processed
- Street and postal addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers of each
mission, the website name and Internet e-mail address for each visa
office where applicable, and client counter and telephone hours.
- An outline of any special procedures or features relating to visa
processing at each mission.
NB: If you plan to print the World Index, please be advised it prints
out to 93 A4-size pages.
An Australian Government Guide to Visiting Australia:
This site contains comprehensive information about Customs clearance and
Quarantine and health issues, as well as visas. The information is regularly
- It also provides general information about issues impacting on all
visitors to Australia.
- The text is available in French, German, Indonesian and Spanish, as
well as English.
- This site also contains links to other useful internet sites owned
by e.g. the Department of Health and Ageing (for more information on
health insurance for visitors to Australia), and by the Customs (ACS)
and Quarantine (AQIS) services.
- The information at this site has been jointly provided by DIMIA,
DFAT, the Australian Customs Service and the Australian Quarantine and
DIMIA highly recommends that all intending visitors to Australia access