Visitors from some countries are required to secure visas on or before arrival when entering Australia. These visas are managed and monitored by Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
For more information on visas, visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service manage the security and integrity of Australia's borders. It works closely with other government and international agencies, in particular the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Department of Defence, to detect and deter unlawful movement of goods and people across the border.
Protecting the Australian community through the interception of illegal drugs and firearms is a high priority and sophisticated techniques are used to target high-risk aircraft, vessels, cargo, postal items and travelers.
For more information visit the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website.
To help protect Australia's agricultural industries and unique environment, The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Biosecurity Officers screen incoming air and sea passengers, baggage, mail and cargo.
When entering Australia food, plant material and animal products must be declared. Visitors make this declaration on their Incoming Passenger Card, which is handed to them by their airline before they land. This card must be completed truthfully as it is a legal document. Penalties do apply to those people not declaring items identified as a risk.
For more information visit the Department of Agriculture and Food website.