Other than New Zealand passport holders, all visitors to Australia need a valid visa. There are three types of visas available, all with simple online application processes. The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for Australian Tourist visas is the most advanced and streamlined visa authorisation system in the world. The ETA replaces visa labels or stamps and removes the need for application forms. The average processing time for an ETA is one day. You can also apply for other types of visas on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
The Australian Government’s International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) provides free advice on visas to event organisers. The IECN can also provide the following services as required:
> Updates on the progress of visa applications
> Confirmation of the lodgement of visa applications by event participants
> Liaison with Australian visa offices overseas to resolve issues arising in the visa application process
24/7 INTERNATIONAL AIR ACCESS
Melbourne Airport operates around the clock and is a 25 minute drive from the city centre. The airport can provide all event related services including groups and tours desk for main arrival/departure days, welcome screens and signage, language support, VIP meet and greet for key personnel, and kerbside pickup.