Anyone who is not an Australian
citizen needs a valid visa to enter and spend time in Australia.
travelling to Australia
With the exception of New Zealand citizens
travelling on New Zealand passports, all foreign nationals must obtain a visa
before travelling to Australia. (New Zealand citizens are issued with a visa on
arrival in Australia.)
Visas are available from Australian visa offices
such as Australian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates. They are also available
from travel agents and airlines in certain countries.
may refuse to allow travellers without valid visas and passports to board their
is recommended that intending visitors first obtain a visa before purchasing airline
tickets, Olympic and Paralympic tickets, or entering into any other financial
commitments dependent upon entry to Australia;
are subject to visa requirements while in Australia; and
are not allowed to work during their visit to Australia.
People who want to work need to apply to an Australian visa office for a temporary
residence visa. Penalties apply for people who breach work conditions.
Types of visas
The type of visa you will need depends on how long
you wish to stay in Australia and what you want to do during your stay.
For example, you may want to make a visit as a tourist, or business person, or
you may want to live temporarily in Australia to play sport, train or work.
Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) - an ETA is an electronically stored
authority to travel to Australia for a short stay.
ETAs are generally
available to passport holders from 31 countries in Europe, Asia and North America,
through participating airlines and travel agents. The Australian Government does
not charge external service providers to offer this service to travellers.
ETAs are available for tourism and business purposes. Tourist ETAs are free
of any Government charge, but credit card payments are required for long validity
business entry ETAs.
Tourist visas are normally valid for 12 months, during
which time you may make as many visits as you like for up to 3 months stay at
It is possible to obtain tourist visas which allow you to stay
for more than 3 months at a time, or which are valid for travel longer than 12
Note that a fee is charged for tourist visas.
visas are for people wishing to undertake business in Australia for short
periods. The length of stay in Australia, number of journeys permitted and period
of validity of the visa should be discussed with an Australian visa office.
In some circumstances, the visa can be valid for at least five years (or
the life of the passport - whichever is the longer) and allow any number of business
visits of up to 3 months each during the five years. There is a fee for all business
Temporary residence visas are for those who intend
to come to Australia temporarily to undertake specific activities. People involved
in a range of activities such as employment, study, amateur and professional sporting,
entertainment or cultural activities can use this type of visa.
seeking temporary residence may need to be sponsored by an Australian organisation
or prospective employer in Australia.
If you are making a number of visits
to Australia, apply for a long-term validity multiple entry visa.
There are temporary residence visas available to cover the following:
- for high calibre amateur or professional sport people taking part in acceptable
competitions or training programs;
and film staff - for correspondents and other professional media staff posted
to Australia by overseas news organisations, and photographers and film and television
teams making documentaries or commercials for overseas markets;
- for people in a wide range of entertainment and cultural events/activities.
The need to protect the employment of Australians in the industry is taken into
account before the visa is granted;
- for people who want to undertake registered courses on a full-time basis;
holiday - for young people from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Japan,
the Netherlands, Canada, Malta and the Republic of Korea who want to travel in
Australia and have the opportunity to work to supplement their funds. (Australia
has reciprocal agreements for young Australians to take working holidays in these
- for employers to recruit key personnel and overcome temporary skilled labour
For more information, see the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural
Affairs web pages for Temporary
Residence and Students
overstay your visa! If your visa is about to expire, you should leave Australia
or seek advice from a Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs office.
Serious penalties apply for people who have an expired visa.
information has been sourced from the Department
of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs website and should serve as a guide
only. For up to date information on Visas and Immigration, please visit the nearest
Immigration office, or the Department's Website.
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