We recommend that applicants apply for their visa at least 6-8 weeks before
their intended travel date to Australia.
Please note, the implementation of the new Biometrics Program for visa
applicants lodging a paper-based application in the following countries;
France, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Zimbabwe, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and
Yemen, see: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/biometrics/offshore/countries.htm
Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must
have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand
passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on
arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and
permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent
Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival). For more information, see the
fact sheet: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/17nz.htm
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.
Please see the attachment below for guidance on the Visa Options
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:
If you require an invitation letter for visa purposes please contact the Conference secretariat as below. Please note this procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference.
It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses.
It does not imply any financial support from the Conference.
Personal Assistant to the Directorate of CIAO
School of Science, Information Technology & Engineering
University of Ballarat Mt Helen Campus
PO Box 663 Ballarat Victoria 3353
Fax: + 61 3 5327 9289
Tel: +61 3 5327 9949