In order to travel to and enter Australia, all visitors must possess a valid visa (excluding New Zealand passport holders who are typically granted a Special Category visa upon arrival if they meet health and character requirements, as well as permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be given a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa upon arrival).
There may be different visa options available to you.
To explore visa options and get information on visas appropriate for you, visit the Department of Home Affairs website and answer a few short questions.
Participants, attendees and speakers that will not be working, performing or otherwise be paid to contribute at the event may be eligible to apply for the following visa options:
(Eligibility for an eVisitor visa and ETA will be determined by the country of passport that you hold).
- Visitor (subclass 600)(Business stream) visa
For more information see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/visitor-600/business-visitor-stream
- Electronic Travel Authority – ETA (subclass 601)
For eligible passport holders and more information see:https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/electronic-travel-authority-601
- eVisitor (subclass 651)(Business Stream) visa
For eligible passport holders and more information see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/evisitor-651
Participants including speakers, exhibitors and other contributors that will be working, or otherwise be paid to contribute at the event may be eligible to apply for one of the following visa options:
- Temporary Activity (subclass 408)(Invited Participant) visa (where there is an inviting Australian organisation)
For more information see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-activity-408/invited-for-other-social-and-cultural-activity
- Please note that a letter of support from an Australian organisation is a legislative requirement for the Temporary Activity (subclass 408)(Invited Participant) visa
- Temporary Work (subclass 400)(Short Stay Specialist) visa (where there is no inviting Australian organisation)
For more information see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-work-400
Things to consider before lodging an application
Entering and leaving Australia
Travellers should familiarise themselves with Australia’s border and entry requirements. For further information, see ‘Entering and leaving Australia’ at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/covid19/entering-and-leaving-australia
Visa applicants outside of Australia will need to provide biometrics when they apply for a visa that is part of the Australian biometrics program, or where they are from a country, or located in a country at the time of application that is part of the Australian biometrics program.
For information regarding Australia’s biometric program including visas and countries that are part of the program, please see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/biometrics
Letter of Support
As WCDP2023 hosts, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia and Surf Life Saving Australia can issue a visa support letter as required, for registered and paid attendees who are presenters with accepted papers, posters, or members of the conference and ILS committees.
For visa support letters, refer all requests to WCDP2023@rlssa.org.au. Please allow up to 10 business days to receive a letter. All requests are handled in the order they are received. The information below should be included with the request:
- First Name as it appears on your passport:
- Middle Name as it appears on your passport:
- Last Name as it appears on your passport:
- Date of Birth:
- Passport Number:
- Passport Country of Issue:
- Current address:
- WCDP2023 Invoice Number:
- Date of arrival into Australia:
- Date of departure out of Australia:
- If you have any abstracts/papers accepted for the conference, please provide the title and indicate whether you are the “sole author” or a “co-author”. Authors may indicate their paper title. If no paper, speakers can provide the title of their presentation.
Visa Application Process and Processing Times:
Visa applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:
- Whether the applicant has lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents and paid associated visa application charges.
- How promptly the applicant responds to any requests for additional information.
- How long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided.
- How long it takes to receive information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements.
- When the application is lodged taking the current global visa processing times into account.
For more information on the visa processing times, please visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/overview.
For this reason, we would advise that visa applications be lodged at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to a person’s intended date of travel.
Should your application be denied, Conference Organisers cannot change the decision of the Department of Home Affairs, nor will the Conference Organisers engage in discussion or correspondence with the Department of Home Affairs on behalf of the applicant.