There’s nothing like Australia!
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Visas and Immigration
All travellers, except Australian citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia.
Know before you go
Read the Guide for Travellers to learn about what to expect when you arrive in Australia, including what items you can and cannot bring into Australia. Also discover duty-free concessions and what items must be declared for inspection and what cannot be mailed to Australia. To learn more, read about Australia’s customs and border protection, biosecurity and aviation security measures.
Tourist Refund Scheme
The Tourist Refund Scheme enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia.
Foreign Embassies and Consulates
Planning to stay a while?
Learn more about the information and services provided by federal and state Australian governments, including in relation to citizenship, health, migrant settlement, working conditions and buying a home.
There are a number of good online sites to start looking for a job in Australia. The Australian Embassy and Consulates in Brazil are not in a position to be able help people find employment in Australia.
Information about the Australian bushfires
While the Australian bushfire emergency response phase is over, the Australian Government is actively working with affected communities to rebuild.
Australia is deeply grateful for the all of the offers of support it has received from around the world. Should you wish to make a financial donation, please make this directly to emergency service agencies or to charities involved in supporting the recovery efforts, as this allows services to most effectively and efficiently deal with the on-ground recovery efforts.
Charities and Donations
Organisations and charities that are able to accept donations and are working to support bushfire relief or recovery efforts include:
· Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery – www.redcross.org.au
· NSW Rural Fire Service – www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
· Country Fire Association of Victoria – www.cfa.vic.gov.au
· South Australia Country Fire Service – www.cfsfoundation.org.au
· The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal – www.salvationarmy.org.au
· St Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal – www.vinnies.org.au
· Wires (injured wildlife) – www.wires.org.au
· Governments can also support the Australian Red Cross by donating through their own National Red Cross/Red Crescent Society.
You can find more registered charity organisations listed here: https://www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au/how-help/registered-bushfire-charities
Bushfires and Scams
There are a wide range of appeals raising funds for people and animals affected by the bushfires. Unfortunately, some of these are scams. If you wish to make a donation towards those affected by the bushfires, please protect yourself with the following information:
· Scammers are pretending to be legitimate well-known charities, creating their own charity names, and impersonating people negatively impacted by the bushfires.
· Scammers are cold-calling, direct messaging and creating fake websites and pages on social media to raise funds.
· Do not donate via fundraising pages on platforms that do not verify the legitimacy of the fundraiser or that do not guarantee your money will be returned if the page is determined to be fraudulent.
· Be careful about crowdfunding requests as these may be fake and also come from scammers. Check the terms and conditions of funding platforms and ensure you are dealing with official organisations. If you are unsure, make your donation to an established charity instead.
· If you are donating to an established charity or not-for-profit organisation, ensure it is registered and that you are on its official website by searching the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Charity Register.
· If you think you have paid money to a scammer, please contact your bank immediately.
Travel Alerts & COVID-19
Effective 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.
From midnight AEDT on 28 March 2020, all travellers arriving in Australia will be required to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel) in their port of arrival.
Effective 16 March 2020, cruise liners from foreign ports are banned from arriving at Australian ports for 30 days.
Consult the Department of Home Affairs website for further details on entering Australia: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus .
Australian travellers should follow the latest travel advice on Smartraveller: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ .