Preparing to Arrive

You will need to make your own travel arrangements to Australia. Please try to arrive at least 1-2 weeks before the start of International Student Orientation to allow enough time for settling-in, adjusting to your new surroundings and overcoming jet-lag.

Students coming to Melbourne will fly into Melbourne’s Tullamarine International Airport located approximately 20 kilometres north of the city. Melbourne’s international and domestic terminals are located in the same building. The international terminal is referred to as T2.

Students planning on studying in Adelaide will arrive at Adelaide airport, 7 km from the city. There are some international flights direct to Adelaide or you may need to fly into Sydney, Perth or Melbourne and get a connecting domestic flight to Adelaide. You should check with your travel agent or airline to see if direct flights to Adelaide are available from your city of departure.


You should prepare a folder of official documents to bring with you to Australia, including:

  • Valid passport with Student Visa
  • Letter of Offer from Job Training Institute
  • Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) from Job Training Institute
  • Receipts of payments (e.g. tuition fees, OSHC, bank statements etc.)
  • Insurance policies (travel insurance, OSHC)
  • Certified copies of your academic transcripts and qualifications
  • Other personal identification documents, e.g. birth certificate, ID card, driver’s licence
  • Medical records and/or prescriptions

If you are travelling with your family you will need to include their documents as well.

What to Bring (and What NOT to Bring!)

Visitors are often surprised by how strict Australian Customs and Quarantine can be. Because Australia is an island continent, it has remained protected from many diseases and pests that are endemic in other parts of the world. It is the job of Australian Customs and Quarantine to make sure it stays that way!

If you're in doubt about whether your goods are prohibited or not, declare it on the Incoming Passenger Card which you will receive on the plane. We recommend you visit the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service homepage before you travel!

Read: What can't I take into Australia?

Also let your family and friends know: What can't be mailed to Australia?

Packing your Bags

Items you might need to include (which can also be purchased in Australia):

  • alarm clock
  • bath towels, bed sheets, pillow cases
  • dictionary (bilingual)
  • small sewing kit
  • music CDs or iPod
  • sporting equipment
  • toiletries
  • calculator 
  • camera
  • spare spectacles or contact lenses
  • your optical prescription
  • photos of friends and family
  • swimming costume
  • small gifts from home

The standard voltage for electrical items in Australia is 240V. Electric plugs have three flat pins one of which is an earth pin. You may need to buy an adaptor or have the plugs changed when you arrive.

Mobile Phones & Laptops

If you are considering bringing a mobile phone, laptop, or any communication devices we suggest you visit the Australian Communications and Media Authority before making any purchases. Some students have brought in their own laptops only to discover that they were unable to use their modem in Australia.

On Your Flight

Before landing in Australia passengers are given an Incoming Passenger Card to fill in. This is a LEGAL DOCUMENT. You must tick YES if you are carrying any food, plant material, including wooden souvenirs, or animal products. Don’t be afraid to ask airline staff if you have any questions.

If you are carrying more than AU$10,000 in cash, you must also declare this on your Incoming Passenger Card. It is strongly recommended however, that you do not carry large sums of cash but arrange for an electronic transfer of funds (EFT) into your Australian bank account once it has been opened.


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