ENVIRO'14 Pathways for better business 17 - 19 September 2014, Adelaide

International Attendees
(Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship)

Visa applications
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: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/17nz.htm 

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting 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.

Visas for specific purposes
Please see the information below for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for your event participants.
NB: These are the visa options available presently but the Department reserves the right to change regulations.

Note: For the purposes of attending the above event, the participants may wish to consider applying for one of the following visas, based on their role at the event.

  • eVisitor visa, ETA or Visitor (Subclass 600) visa in the business visitor stream – should be used by anyone who is participating in a Trade Fair, unless they are being paid by an organiser for their participation or they selling their goods or services directly to the general public .
  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Subclass 400) visa – should be used by those who are being paid by an organisation in Australia for their participation in a Trade Fair and those who are selling their goods or services directly to the general public. 

For additional background relating to:

Health and character requirements
All visa applicants will be required to meet certain character and health requirements as part of their visa application process. These requirements exist to uphold the safety and security of the Australian community. The following links provide further information on these requirements, see: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/ and http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/character-requirements/

Where to lodge paper-based visa applications
The department has Australian Visa Offices located around the world that are responsible for specific countries, regions or economies.  Use the attached link to find the responsible Australian Visa Office for each location, including details on how to lodge a paper-based visa application:  http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/

Service Delivery Partners (SDPs) that operate Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) and Australian Biometric Collection Centres (ABCCs) are also located in various countries. These centres provide visa application lodgement or biometric collection services on behalf of the department. A map locator with details for each SDP is available at:  http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/.  Please note that visa applicants who lodge their applications through an Australian Visa Application Centre may need to pay a fee to use this service.  This service fee is separate from the visa application charge.

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