Information for International Visitors

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If you're travelling to Australia from overseas, we've put together some handy information to help make your journey a smooth one.

What are the visa requirements for Australia?

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).

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. For Speakers,your speaker liaison has further information on visa options and can provide fact sheets and guidance. Should you require a Letter of Invitation for your visa application, your Speaker Liaison will also be able to assist. Please note that Letters of Invitation will not be provided for Delegates.

Further information on Australian visa and immigration requirements can be found at Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Australian summers are hot. You must wear sunscreen, and remain hydrated. At a rough guide, you will need to drink at least 2 litres of water per day during summer. Water refilling stations will be available throughout the venue and we encourage you to make use of them throughout the day.

Quarantine restrictions

Australia has some of the strongest quarantine laws in the world. You cannot bring fresh fruit, meats, animal products and many other items into the country.

For more information, see Australian customs and quarantine information.

Mobile Phone and SIM Cards

The main providers of Phone service is Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

Sim cards are available for purchase at the airport, at major supermarkets (Coles and Woolworths for example) as well as at many convenience stores and news agencies.

Coles appears to provide Good cheap data plans/sim. More info Coles. There is a coles store near LCA at the Broadway Shopping Center

Australian and NSW laws

Drink driving

Australia has very strict drink driving laws. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration is 0.05 and this is strictly policed.


The legal age of majority in Australia is 18 years.

Same sex couples

Same sex marriage has recently been recognised in Australia. In general society and most businesses are very tolerant and welcoming of same sex partners.

The Conference Code of Conduct is also designed to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Emergency contacts

All emergency Services: 000

In Australia, 000 is the main point of call for all emergency services - Police / Fire brigade / Ambulance. 911 will not redirect to 000.


In case of emergency

Dial 6 from a campus phone or Freecall 1800 249 559

General UTS security enquiries

Dial 9514 1192

St Johns

We have St Johns to provide medical assistance if needed. Where are St Johns going to be located?

At the back left (north west) of CB01 level 4 (ground level, one below registration)

On Call Linux Conference Australia Organiser

1300 564 998 or +61 2 9056 0889

Crisis and Mental Health

Lifeline Australia - Crisis support and suicide prevention
13 11 14
Beyond Blue - Support Service and referrals
1300 22 4636


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