Overseas visitors 


Business Visa

Arrange your Business Visa - You cannot access ANSTO if you are travelling on a tourist visa. You can apply for a business visa through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. If uncertain as to what is the appropriate visa for you to travel to Australia, you should consult your nearest Australian Embassy/High Commission/Visa Application Centre http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Regi/contacts

Please note that on 23 March 2013, the Australian Government changed the conditions on the Business ETA visa to allow a person to undertake the following activities (undertaking of  business enquiries and contractual negotiations, and attending conferences).  The ETA specifically notes: "Business visitor activities do not include work. If you want to do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work in Australia, you can apply for a Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400)."

The Subclass 400 visa has replaced the visa Subclasses below. If you already hold one of these visas for your visit, it will still be valid until the date you were given when it was granted:


  • Business (Short Stay) visa (subclass 456)
  • Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) visa (subclass 459)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant—Short Validity) (subclass 977)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant—Long Validity) (subclass 956)
  • eVisitor visa (subclass 651).


For further information please read:


Health Insurance and Medication

Temporary visitors are generally not covered by Medicare - the public health care system in Australia - unless there is a reciprocal health care agreement between Australia and your country. It is therefore essential to have adequate medical insurance during your visit to ANSTO because medical treatment in Australia can be very expensive.
You are advised to bring only essential medicines for existing medical conditions with you. There are strict controls in place concerning personal medication. Up to date information on medications can be found at http://www.tga.gov.au/docs/html/bringmed/intoaust.htm.


All visitors are required to obtain Customs Clearance when they arrive at the relevant Australian Airport. Australian customs places restrictions on plant and animal goods entering and leaving Australia. If you are unsure declare all animal and plant materials to customs, Australia has a fragile ecosystem that needs to be protected. For more information on this and other items see the list of prohibited goods.
Please note there are new rules for taking liquids, aerosols and gels on flights.


The only currency that can be used in Australia is Australian Dollars. Australian currency comes in coins of 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, fifty cents, $1 and $2. Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50, $100.  Most major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs or money machine) are available around Australia but you should check with your home bank on the fees payable and the availability of ATMs. Currency converter.


Seasons in Australia have the following pattern:-
  • Spring - September, October and November
  • Summer - December, January and February
  • Autumn - March, April and May
  • Winter - June, July and August
See average Sydney temperatures


The electrical supply in Australia is 240 volts. The connection for all appliances is a flat 3-pin plug of unique design.


Please visit the RTA websites if you wish to drive in Australia