Arriving to study in Australia

Arriving to study in Australia summary

Pre-arrival information

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Here is a list of what you need to know before you arrive and some things that will help you get ready for your trip to Australia.

We wish you a safe and hassle-free journey and look forward to welcoming you to our Taylors College community!

It is very important that you remember to bring the following documents with you. In most cases these documents are very valuable and you may not want to bring the originals. It's a good idea to bring 'certified true copies' of the originals instead.

  • Your valid passport with student visa
  • Your letter of offer from Taylors College
  • A copy of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment form
  • A copy of your Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) form, if you're under 18
  • At least three copies of your academic results that have been certified as true copies by the principal of your school or by your agent
  • A certified true copy of your birth certificate, passport and visa
  • Your home address in English


Summers (Dec-Feb) in Australia can get quite warm, with temperatures reaching the high 30s (°C) during the day. Cool, light clothes such as t-shirts, shirts, blouses and jeans, casual trousers or skirts are quite common among students.

You should also wear a hat and long-sleeved shirts for protection from sunburn.

During winter (Jun-Aug), temperatures can drop to below 10°C so sweatshirts, jumpers, a coat or other warm clothing is recommended.

Australians generally have a casual and relaxed approach to dressing. On campus, most students will be found dressed informally.

Personal items

You may also like to bring items such as toiletries, bath towels, bed linen, blankets for the winter months, bilingual dictionary, alarm clock, radio/cassette player, camera, your home country driver's licence and your international driver's licence .

You can bring items such as desktop or laptop computers and similar electronic equipment duty-tax free into Australia provided Customs is satisfied these items are intended to be taken out of Australia on your departure. You should note that adapters maybe required as Australia uses 240 watts for electricity appliances.

Cooking utensils and other household items can be purchased at reasonable cost from department stores or second-hand shops after your arrival in Australia.

When you land at Perth International Airport, make your way through Customs and Immigration.

If you asked us to pick you up from the airport, you will be greeted by the Reception Officer in the Arrival Hall. The Reception Officer will have a sign with your name on it.

Your flight to Australia may land in another Australian city before your onward connection to Perth. In this case you may be allowed to clear customs before taking your internal flight to Perth.

You will most likely arrive at the domestic terminal. The Reception Officer will still meet you there. You will find them at the bottom of the escalator near the baggage carousel.

If you can't find the Reception Officer, call 0424 267 050. DO NOT leave the airport.

On the airplane to Australia, you will be given an Incoming Passenger Card by the Flight Attendants.

The Passenger Card is a declaration that explains what you are bringing into Australia.

Answer all the questions truthfully. The penalties for false declarations are very heavy and the goods may be confiscated.

Why do you need to declare what you bring?

Being an island, Australia is protected from many of the pest, plant and animal diseases found in other parts of the world. Food, plant material and animal products from overseas could introduce some of the world's most serious pests and diseases into Australia, devastating our valuable agriculture and tourism industries and unique environment.

You must declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free of pests and diseases.

Some products may require treatment to make them safe.

You can dispose of high-risk items in quarantine bins in the airport terminal.

If you're not sure, ask a Quarantine officer.


Australian Customs are very strict about all kinds of food being brought into Australia. All food must be declared to Customs on arrival in Australia, or dumped in the rubbish bins in the Arrival Hall.

For a list of what you are not allowed to bring into Australia, visit the Australian Government website

Australia has a large multicultural population, including a thriving Chinatown in most big cities. Most food that you can buy in your home country can be purchased in Australia from specialist international food stores.

What does 'certified true copy' mean?

A certified true copy is a photocopy of your document that has been stamped and signed by your Principal, a Justice of the Peace or your agent. They are verifying that they have seen the original document and that the photocopy is a ‘certified true copy’ of this.

Perth Airport