Student Services Direct

Immigration Matters

Visa Requirements

Any person who is not an Australian resident may apply to study in Australia under the Overseas Student Program (OSP). If you wish to study under this program it is necessary to obtain a student visa before you are able to commence study in Australia.

You will only be granted a student visa if you will be undertaking a registered course or part of a registered course on a full-time basis. A registered course is one offered by an Australian Education Institution who is registered with the Australian Government to offer courses to international students.

For more information on the different types of visas and the Australian Immigration System in relation to international students, please visit the Australian Immigration Department Website.

As an International Student, it is a condition of your student visa that you have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your stay in Australia.

Membership of a health insurance scheme in your home country does not exempt you from paying OSHC. Only Swedish students covered by SKANDIA and Norwegian students covered by the National Norwegian Insurance Scheme are exempt from paying the Australian Overseas Student Health Cover as a result of special inter-governmental arrangements.

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Customs Information

If you are arriving in Australia, have the following documents ready for clearance:

  1. Passport
  2. Incoming Passenger Card

Your documents will be returned to you after processing. Your baggage may be x-rayed when you arrive – this should not affect normal camera film.

As a routine part of their work, Customs officers may question travellers at any time. Trained dogs may also be used to detect illegal drugs or prohibited imports. If you are in doubt, declare your goods or ask a Customs officer for advice.

For detailed information on items you must declare on arrival in Australia please visit the Australia Customs website.

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Quarantine Information

To help protect Australia’s agricultural industries and unique environment, quarantine officers screen all flights, passengers, baggage, mail and cargo using x-ray machines, detector dogs, physical inspection, questioning and profiling.

It is a good idea to learn what can’t be brought into Australia prior to arrival.

On arrival in Australia you must declare all food, plant material and animal products for inspection to ensure they are free of pests and diseases. You make this declaration on your Incoming Passenger Card, which is handed to you by the airline before you land. You must complete this truthfully – it is a legal document.

All luggage is x-rayed or screened. If you fail to declare or dispose of any quarantine items, or make a false declaration:

  • You will be caught
  • You could be fined $220 on the spot; or
  • You could be prosecuted and fined more than $60,000 and risk 10 years in prison

You will not be penalised if goods are declared. If you’re not sure, ask a Quarantine Officer.

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Duty Free

Over 18: A$400 worth of goods (not including alcohol or tobacco)
Under 18: A$200 worth of goods (not including alcohol or tobacco)

For travellers over 18 yrs:
1.125 litres of alcohol
250 cigarettes or 250 grams of cigars or tobacco products

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Arrival & Departure


Before landing in Australia, you will be required to fill in an Immigration form, as well as a Customs and Agriculture Declaration forms.


A departure tax of $33.40 applies to everyone over 12 yrs when you leave Australia.
This tax is usually included in a return ticket.

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