Getting a visa to enter Australia

Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia.

Visas for specific purposes

For the purposes of attending the IOI, attendees may wish to consider applying for one of the following visas, based on their role at the event.  Note: These are the visa options available presently but the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship reserves the right to change regulations.

1.  Visitor visa in the tourist stream [eVisitor, ETA or Visitor (Subclass 600) visa] – should be used by contestants.

2.  Visitor visa in the business stream [eVisitor, ETA or Visitor (Subclass 600) visa] – should be used by chaperones (leaders and deputy leaders).

For information on how to apply for a visitor visa in the tourist stream, please see the Tourism fact sheet.

For information on how to apply for a visitor visa in the business stream, please see the Business Visitors Factsheet.

NB: We are unable to guarantee a visa grant. Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa.

For additional background relating to:

Health and character requirements

All visa applicants will be required to meet certain character and health requirements as part of their visa application process. These requirements exist to uphold the safety and security of the Australian community. The following links provide further information on these requirements, see: and

Where to lodge paper-based visa applications

The department has Australian Visa Offices located around the world that are responsible for specific countries, regions or economies.  Use the following link to find the responsible Australian Visa Office for each location, including details on how to lodge a paper-based visa application:

Service Delivery Partners (SDPs) that operate Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) and Australian Biometric Collection Centres (ABCCs) are also located in various countries. These centres provide visa application lodgement or biometric collection services on behalf of the department. A map locator with details for each SDP is available at:  Please note that visa applicants who lodge their applications through an Australian Visa Application Centre will need to pay a fee to use this service.  This service fee is separate from the visa application charge and cannot be waived.