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What to bring with you to Australia

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  • Use a strong suitcase with wheels and a good piece of hand luggage.
  • Make sure that your baggage does not exceed the airline's limit, as excess luggage charges can be expensive.
  • Note items to be declared, and pack them separately in a bag so that Customs declaration and checking is easier. Failure to declare items can result in a fine.
  • Security checkpoints in most airports only allow you to carry a limited quantity of liquids in your hand luggage (usually, no greater than 100ml capacity). You can check this with your airline.
  • Carry important documents, valuables, some extra clothing and personal items in your hand luggage, but make sure it is small enough to fit in the aircraft’s overhead cabin compartment or under your seat.
  • Remember to label all your bags with your name and address.

Passive Detector Dogs

At the airport you may see dogs wearing crimson-coloured jackets and working together with their handler. Please do not be alarmed, and do not pat them. They are working to protect Australian borders.

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Western Australia has strict Customs and Quarantine laws to protect the State from harmful pests and diseases. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for managing Australia’s bio-security system. 

During your flight to Australia, you will be required to complete an Incoming Passenger Card. The Department’s ‘On Arrival’ section outlines goods that are restricted and must be declared on arrival in Australia.  You will also find important information explaining the legal implications for not completing an Incoming Passenger Card correctly.

Avoid, at all costs, drugs, weapons, explosives and other illegal imports, and do not carry other people’s goods or parcels unless you are sure of their contents.

  1. Important documents
  2. Clothing and personal items
  3. Financial arrangements
  4. Duty free concession

Important documents

Make sure you bring your: 

  • passport
  • e-Visa
  • airport pickup confirmation email
  • current academic transcripts of tertiary studies (Study Abroad/Exchange Students)
  • UWA documents – Offer letter and Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  • prescriptions for any regular medication
  • medical history
  • driver's licence
  • credit or debit card.

If you are bringing school-age children make sure you have their:

  • birth certificates
  • immunisation records
  • education records

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Clothing and personal items

Perth has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.

  • November - April is warm to hot and dry (average 20°C min - 35°C max).
  • May - October is cool to cold and wet (average 7°C min - 19°C max).

The dress code on campus is informal.

  • In summer, lightweight clothes, sandals or runners are sufficient.
  • In winter, heavier clothing, including woollen jumper/sweater, winter coat or waterproof jacket, is recommended. A warm pair of shoes or boots is recommended.
  • In spring and autumn, jeans with a lightweight jacket or jumper should be sufficient.

Generally, the cost of clothing and footwear in Australia is comparable to western countries but more expensive than Asian countries. However, it is possible to find bargains during sales in the larger stores.

Don’t forget to bring sportswear, swimwear and a hat for summer!

Clothing and personal items to bring

  • Alarm clock, sewing kit
  • Bath towel
  • Bathrobe, pyjamas and home wear clothes
  • Calculator
  • Closed shoes, sport shoes, sandals/other casual footwear
  • Dictionary (Macquarie and Oxford are used in Australia)
  • Hair-dryer, shaver (may need adaptor for 240 volts)
  • Laptop or Tablet
  • Spare pair of spectacles and/or contact lenses and a current prescription
  • Toiletries
  • Trousers, shirts, t-shirts, shorts, undergarments and socks
  • Woollen jumper, jacket or coat
  • Swimwear, sports clothing and beach towel

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Financial arrangements

You should bring A$4000 to take care of your initial expenses and to cover at least the first month. It is suggested that you bring these funds as:

  • Cash $1000
  • Bank draft or travellers cheques $3000

On arrival, open a bank account (if you haven’t already done so) with the $3000.

After a few weeks, you will be able to let your parents (or whoever is supporting you) know how much money to send and how often.

Some Australian banks have branches in other countries. If there is a branch in your country, open an account before you leave as this will make financial transactions more convenient once you arrive in Perth.

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Duty free concession

If you are aged 18 years or over, you are allowed to bring up to A$900 worth of general goods into Australia duty free. Personal items such as clothing, footwear and toiletries (excluding fur and perfume) are free from duty and tax. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for full details.

If you intend to bring a new laptop or other electrical goods which are less than 12 months old, you may be liable for customs duty and sales tax on arrival.

Alternatively, you may be required to pay a security deposit, which is refundable when you take the laptop out of the country on your departure.

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