Passport and Visas

New Zealand passport holders and permanent residents of Norfolk Island do not usually need to lodge a visa application prior to their departure unless they have health and/or character concerns.

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.

A facility for electronically issuing visas, The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system, is currently available through international travel agents and airlines in over 30 countries including the US, UK, parts of Western Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This system also includes pre-clearance for entry which reduces the time needed to process passengers on arrival. Your local Australian Embassy or Consulate can advise of the availability.

For non-ETA countries, visas are issued from Australian Embassies and Consulates around the world. In non-ETA countries, we recommend that you apply early for your visa.

International participants for ICLC 2016 may be eligible for the following visas:

Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)(Subclass 601)(business stream)

eVisitor (Subclass 651)(business stream) visa

Visitor (business stream)(Subclass 600) visa

Temporary Work (short stay activity) (Subclass 400) visa

For event participants from non-ETA and non-eVisitor eligible countries, it is recommended by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that you apply for a visa at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your intended dates of travel.

For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia to attend ICLC 2016, you should:

Determine which visa you are eligible to apply for, ie. ETA (Subclass 601)(business stream), eVisitor (Subclass 651)(business stream), Visitor (subclass 600)(business stream) visa

Apply for your visa at least 6 weeks before your intended date of travel to Australia (or two weeks if you are from an ETA or eVisitor eligible country) as visa processing times may vary.

Consider Australia's health and character requirements, which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.

If you are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa or ETA, ensure you obtain a confirmation of your registration, or a letter of invitation, to attach to your Visitor (Subclass 600)(business stream) visa application.       

 For further information regarding Australian visas, please visit:


Invitation Letters

Please contact if you require an Invitation Letter to support your Visa application.



Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.



For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight, before the Congress commences. Travelers flying westward across the Pacific Ocean are reminded that they will lose a day by crossing the International Date Line. The 'lost day' will be returned on the return journey.



Adelaide now also offers visitors complimentary wifi coverage in outdoors areas, such as community areas, cafes and restaurant precincts, across the CBD and North Adelaide. The complimentary wifi is the largest and most performing city wifi network in Australia and is on par with the best in the world in terms of coverage and service offering. To learn how to connect to the wifi and for coverage locations please click here.


Currency Exchange

Decimal currency is used in Australia (AUD) and currency units are dollars and cents. Australian notes are: $100, $50, $20, $10, $5. Coins are: $2, $1, 50, 20, 10, and 5 cents.

Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours.  Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club.



Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.



Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. 


Business Hours

Banking hours in Adelaide are 0930 – 1600 Monday to Thursday and 0930 – 1700 on Friday.

General office hours are 0900 – 1700 Monday – Friday. 

Post Offices operate these hours; however stamps are often available from hotels.



The electrical supply is 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug. Most city hotels provide 110 volts for shavers.


Disabled Facilities

If you require disability specific facilities, please notify the Congress Office by indicating on your registration form.



Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever- infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.



It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.



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