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VISA Information

We strongly advise participants to personally check entry and visa requirements before making travel arrangements as there might be country-specific conditions that you are not aware of. For most accurate information please contact the Australian Embassy/Consulate in your home country.

The conference organisers cannot change the decision of the Australian Embassy or any other government departments, nor will we appeal to the embassy on behalf of the applicant.

All questions/concerns regarding the status of your visa should be directed to the Australian Embassy in your home country.

Should you require a letter for your VISA application, please email with the following details:
- Full Name & Job Title
- Company
- Address
- Telephone Number

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade remains the governing body for all VISA approval.
Please be aware of the cancellation policy should you not be successful with your VISA application.


With the exception of New Zealand, travel visas are required to enter Australia from all other countries around the world. All visitors from another country other than Australia or New Zealand will need a visa and a valid passport or other acceptable travel documents to enter Australia. Additionally, all travellers entering Australia will need to complete and sign an Incoming Passenger Card, which includes declarations you will need to make about your health and character.

Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months after your planned arrival into Australia. Please ensure your passport is at least valid until April 2021 before applying for a Visitor Visa to Australia to avoid any delays or refusal.


Passport holders of European Union nations are eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa (subclass 651)Applications for eVisitor visas are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for applicants outside Australia who want to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes. This eVisitor visa is available at NO COST for eligible applicants and is valid for multiple visits lasting no longer three (3) months over a twelve (12) month period from issue date of the visa. The majority of eVisitor visas are issued within 24 hours of application submission, with the remainder successfully issued within 48 hours.

You may be eligible for an eVisitor visa if you:

  • intend to visit Australia only temporarily and for tourism or business visitor purposes
  • are outside Australia when you lodge your application
  • are free of tuberculosis when you enter Australia
  • have not been convicted of an offence or offences for which the total sentence is more than 12 months (whether or not the sentence has been served).
  • hold an eVisitor-eligible passport

eVisitor-eligible passports are citizen passports issued by the following countries:

United Kingdom

eVisitor Visa Online Application 

Your eVisitor visa is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia. eVisitor can be accessed by airlines, travel agents and Australian border agencies. Once your eVisitor application has been approved, your eVisitor visa will be linked to your passport number. You do not need to visit an immigration office and you will not receive a stamp or label in your passport. A confirmation will be issued for your records.


Citizens of the United States, Canada & some Asian countries, as well as those from European countries who are unable to be issued the free eVisitor Visa, are eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) Visa. ETA applications are available online 24 hours a day seven days a week, for applicants outside Australia who want to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes. ETA's are successfully granted within 24 hours of application, oftentimes within a few hours of application submission & payment, which should normally cost no more $20 AUD.

An ETA allows the holder to travel to Australia as many times as required within the validity period which is twelve (12) months from the date of issue. The maximum length of each visit is three (3) months. An ETA is an electronically stored authority equivalent to a visa. There is no stamp or label placed in your passport. ETA information is accessible by airlines, travel agents and Australian border agencies. An ETA is linked to the passport number that is used in an ETA application and the holder MUST use the same passport to travel to Australia.

The following countries are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

Hong Kong (SAR)
United Kingdom
United States

If you are a passport holder of any of the above listed countries, you may apply for an ETA by clicking on the link below:

Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) Online Application


All other visitors to Australia will likely qualify for a Vistor Visa (subclass 600). Visitor Visas (subclass 600) are issued to those travelling to Australia as a visitor, or a visitor for business purposes. Visitor Visas are issued for three (3), six (6) or twelve (12) month periods. Costs for Visitor Visas begin at $140 AUD. A list of eligible countries that qualify for a subclass 600 Visitor Visa can be found by clicking on the link below, as can the online application with Australian Immigration.

Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) Online Application

Please keep in mind that, depending on the passport carried, processing times for subclass 600 Visitor Visas can take several weeks. Please do not wait until the last minute to apply for a subclass 600 Visitor Visa.

Visitor Visas applications may also be submitted in person at the representative Australian Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Please refer to the List of Australian Embassies & Consulates Worldwide for contact details closest to you.

 National Visa Online Application

National Visa’s provide a form that can be filled in and will determine if you are eligible for a VISA to Australia and what VISA would best suit you.

This form can be accessed here and will direct you to the best site to complete your VISA application form.

Please remember: All passengers other than Australian and New Zealand citizens need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:

  • a valid passport or other acceptable travel document
  • a valid visa or authority to enter Australia (including electronic visas)
  • a completed and signed Incoming Passenger card, including health and character declaration (issued on your arriving flight).

Anyone who arrives without a valid travel document, visa or authority, might be refused entry to Australia or delayed until their identity and claims to enter Australia have been confirmed.


Please note that CILT Australia and VMS Event & Conference Solutions Pty Ltd provide all information above related to visas and via applications as general information only. This should not be taken as legal advice. Conference delegates and all other individuals should always seek specific legal advice from your Australian Embassy/Consulate or the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In no event will the conference organisers be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the information provided on this page.