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).
A streamlined process for Visa approval has been implemented with the Department of Immigration.
For further information about the correct visa to apply for – click here.
For further information about visa requirements before you lodge your visa application – click here.
The Department of Immigration recommend that participants apply for their visa well in advance of their intended date of travel to Australia. All visitors should apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns.
For more information for New Zealand residents, see the fact sheet: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/17nz.htm
Banking, Currency, Taxes and Tipping
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 4.00pm (5.00pm on Friday).
Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% is applicable in Australia.
Tipping is uncommon and unexpected in Australia. It is only offered after exceptional services and may be between 5% and 10% of the total bill.
International airports and major hotels provide money-changing facilities. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 4.00pm. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available.
Major credit cards, particularly VISA and Mastercard, are widely accepted.