Arriving in Australia
When you leave the aeroplane, you will proceed to Immigration where an Immigration Officer will look at your completed Incoming Passenger Card (given to you on the plane), your passport and your student visa.
You may also need to show your Offer of Admission letter, electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) and evidence that you have enough money to support yourself while studying in Australia (eg, bank statements). The Immigration Officer may ask a few questions about your plans for your time in Australia.
You must not bring prohibited drugs, food or plants into Australia. If you have any goods of plant or animal origin, you must declare them on the Traveller’s Statement (given to you on the plane).
Australian Customs and Quarantine rules are very strict, so if you are in doubt about what to declare, ask a Customs Officer. There are serious penalties (including fines and jail) for making a false declaration.
After clearing Customs, you will enter the Arrivals Hall, where you will find retail and food outlets, public telephones, a Traveller’s Advisory Bureau and money exchange. If arriving on a weekend, you may like to change currency at the airport as most banks will be closed.