Passport and Visa
On 23 March 2013, the department implemented changes to the types of visas available to persons wishing to travel to Australia to attend, participate at, or compete in events being held in 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). For more information, see the fact sheet.
The visa fact sheet includes information about the visa options available for those who are travelling to Australia as business visitors, including the new arrangements in place for online applications for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa and the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400). For the purposes of attending this event, you may wish to consider applying for one of these visas, based on your role at the event.
Please note that only certain passport holders are eligible to apply for these visas online.
If your sole reason for coming to Australia is to attend this conference, please apply for this visa
For information on who can apply for the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa online, please go to: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/evisitor-651
For any other circumstances, please view the below visas
For information on who can apply for the ETA (Subclass 601) visa online, please go to: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/electronic-travel-authority-601
For information on who can apply for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa online, please go to: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/visitor-600
For information on who can apply for the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400) online, please go to: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-work-400
We recommend that applicants applying for a paper-based visa lodge their application at least 6-8 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia. All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Travellers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival.
Letter of Invitation
Invitation letters can be downloaded from your registration dashboard. This letter assists with your Visa application. You will be able to download an invitation letter once you have paid for your registration fee in full and have entered in your passport details.
How to download the invitation letter:
Log onto the registration dashboard as a return delegate by entering your email and password.
Scroll the menu to the "Document" section and select the button “Enter Details”.
Every field must be filled in for a Visa letter to be generated. Once all details have been filled in, click “GO”. You will be taken back to the main screen and now a button “Download letter” will appear and by clicking this it will generate a PDF visa letter.
Handy Australian Websites
Tourism Australia - www.australia.com
Australian government - www.australia.gov.au
Australian news / media - www.abc.net.au
Australian exchange rates -www.rba.gov.au/statistics/frequency/exchange-rates.html
Smartraveller - The Australian Government's travel advisory and consular information service. www.smartraveller.gov.au
This site is designed to help you get through the security checkpoints at the airport quickly and easily. It will help you understand the aviation security measures in place at Australian airports and why they are necessary. It provides information on preparing for your trip, what you are prohibited from taking on board, and travelling with children, medicines or sporting equipment. It also provides a number of videos that explain the screening process and liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions. This site will be updated with new information to reflect changes in airport security arrangements as they occur.
Australian customs - www.customs.gov.au/knowbeforeyougo/default.asp