Australian Embassy

Travelling to Australia

Travelling to Australia

Immigration and visas

Please see the Australian High Commission in London. All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Responsibility for visa services for people who live in Ireland lies with the Australian High Comission in London. There is no visa office in the Australian Embassy in Ireland.


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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.

New arrivals

A gateway to information ranging from citizenship, health, settlement help for migrants, working conditions to buying a home in Australia.

Customs and Biosecurity

The Australian Customs Service manages the security and integrity of the Australian border and assists people and cargo to move in and out of the country.

Information for international travellers. Information about what items must be declared for inspection, what happens if you fail to declare or dispose of any biosecurity items or make a false declaration, what happens to siezed items and what can't be mailed to Australia.

For more information on Biosecurity matters, including what you can and cannot take to Australia please click here.

Foreign embassies and consulates in Australia

Alphabetical list of Embassies by country

Alphabetical list of Consulates by country

Jobs in Australia

This Australian mission is not able to assist people in finding employment in Australia.

See also

Australia in Brief- an introduction to Australia by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  

Health agreement

For Irish visitors:

Australia has a reciprocal health agreement with Ireland. Irish residents visiting Australia (including those on the 12 month working holiday visa) may use the public health system for any immediately necessary treatment during their stay. The health agreement covers any ill-health or injury occurring during the stay that requires attention before returning home. For further information see the Australian Government's Department of Health and Ageing website.

For Irish students:

Irish residents in Australia on student visas are not covered by the Agreement. They must be insured with the Overseas Student Health Cover, an inexpensive Government scheme for foreign students.