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). To visit Australia for a business event such as a conference, meeting or seminar, you need to apply for a business visa. The passport which you hold determines whether you can apply online, or if you need to lodge a paper-based application.
Passport holders from eVisitor eligible countries are able to apply individually online at http://www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/evisitor.htm for authorisation to travel to and enter Australia. These include:
|Andorra *||France *||Lithuania||Republic of San Marino *|
|Austria *||Germany *||Luxembourg *||Slovak Republic|
|Belgium *||Greece *||Malta *||Slovenia|
|Bulgaria||Hungary||Monaco *||Spain *|
|Cyprus||Iceland *||The Netherlands *||Sweden *|
|Czech Republic||Ireland *||Norway *||Switzerland *|
|Denmark *||Italy *||Poland||United Kingdom - British Citizen *|
|Estonia||Latvia||Portugal *||Vatican city|
|Finland *||Liechtenstein *||Romania|
* Eligible passport holders also have the option of applying for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) through their travel agent, airline, specialist service provider or an Australian visa office outside Australia. Note, an eVisa is free, however travel agencies may choose to impose a fee to arrange an ETA on your behalf.
Passport holders from ETA eligible countries are also able to apply for a visa online to travel to and enter Australia at http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ These include:
|Hong Kong (SAR)||Taiwan|
|Japan||United States of America|
Other passport holders should contact the conference hosts after they have registered at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain appropriate documentation (letter of invitation, confirmation of registration). Please include a scanned copy of your passport and your residential address in your email. You will need to complete a paper-based application (http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/456.pdf) for a Business (Short Stay) visa (Subclass 456) and lodge your application at your nearest Australian visa office to your current place of residence (http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/index.htm).