Information for International Delegates

Visa Information

If you are travelling to Australia as an international attendee, you may be required to obtain an Australian visa for entry. 

You are urged to apply for a visa no later than six weeks prior to travel. Residents of some countries may now apply for a visa online while others will need to apply at an Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.

Please visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website HERE for more information on each visa category to determine which one is best suited for your application. For information on some of the more common visa options, click the links below.

You can also find more information in the Visa Application Fact Sheet and Business Conference Fact Sheet.

Changing Money

International airports and major hotels provide money changing facilities. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 4.00pm, and Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards such as VISA and Mastercards, are widely accepted. Some vendors bill small surcharges on credit card purchases.

Currency

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.

Customs

Delegates carrying commercial goods or samples may need to obtain permits for their goods depending on the nature of the goods, regardless of value. Quarantine and wildlife regulations and other restrictions may also apply to certain goods. All travellers must declare amounts of $10,000 or more in foreign or Australian currency (notes and coins) taken into or out of Australia. For more information visit www.border.gov.au.

Electricity

Australian electricity supply is 240V, 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

International travellers can claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on goods bought in Australia. The refund only applies to goods taken as hand luggage upon departure. The refund will be paid on goods costing AUD$300 or more, bought from the same store. For details visit www.border.gov.au.