If you are a business person planning to visit Australia, you can obtain valuable business information at www.australiaforbusiness.com.au
Before you arrive in Australia, you are advised to check if your communication equipment is safe to operate in Australia. Technical differences in poer voltage or radio frequency can endanger health and safety and cause interference problems. Power voltage is 240 volts/ 50 Hz.
Australian currency is decimal. Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 and Coins come in 5c,10c,20c, 50c, $1, and $2
The cost of medical and hospital care in Australia can be very expensive and it is highly advisable that all overseas visitors take out some form of health insurance cover, including ambulance cover.
While Australia holds reciprocal health agreements with United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, the netherlands, Italy, Malta, NZ, and Ireland these agreements do not cover all health services, and time restrictions apply in some cases, these countries are therefore advised to take out some form of health cover. For more information visit www.health.gov.au/osvisitors
Travelling To Australia
When You Arrive In Australia
The following documents are required for entry clearance:
Incoming Passenger Card
These documents will be returned to you after immigration processing. You may then collect your luggage and proceed to the baggage examination area.
For travellers arriving by sea, immigration processing may be completed in biard the vessel. A Customs officer will then direct you for a further clearance.
General Visa Requirements
Anyone who is not an Australian citizen needs a valid visa/Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter and spend time in Australia.
Visas are available from Australian visa offices such as Australian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates.
Airlines may refuse to allow travellers to board their aircraft without valid visa/ETAs and passports;
It is recommended that intending visitors obtain a visa/ETA before purchasing airline tickets, Olympic and Paralympic tickets, or entering into any other financial commitments dependent upon entry to Australia;
Visas/ETAs are issued subject to a range of conditions; and
Tourists are not allowed to work during their visit to Australia. Penalties apply to tourist who breach this "no work" condition.
Intending media visitors to Australia can access the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's International Media Centre via www.dfat.gov.au
Information is available from Phone: +61 2 9364 7222 Fax: +61 2 9364 7340 Web: www.aqis.gov.au
Australia has a wide range of goods for sale in a variety of shops and duty-free stores. You should shop around because prices are competitive. In Australia you are covered by consumer protection laws. If you have a consumer problem contact Consumer Affairs at Treasury for advise. Phone: +61 2 6263 3997 Web: www.treasury.gov.au
A 10% tax on goods and services (GST) applies in Australia, commenced from 1 July 2000
For detailed advise on tourism in Australia, contact the Australian Tourist Commission
Phone: +61 2 9360 1111 Fax: +61 2 9331 6469
Consumer Web: www.australia.com
Corporate Web: www.atc.net.au