If you require a visa to enter Australia, please read this General information sheet for visa applications [PDF] and then follow the instructions laid out below carefully. The conference has been registered with Australian Immigration as a special event and we hope this will mean that your visas will be processed quicker and with more success than if you apply separately from this process.
Which visa to apply for?
Please see this information sheet [PDF] explaining which visa you should apply for and then follow the links therein to apply for and complete your application. Our understanding is as follows:
- 601 is an ETA suitable for business trips, such as conference attendance, where you are not being paid to attend. Application is online and the fee is $20. However this visa is only available to those from Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and USA.
- 651 is an eVisitor visa suitable for business trips, such as conference attendance, where you are not being paid to attend. Application is online and there is no fee. You can check the list of nationalities which can apply for this visa, but essentially these are wealthier economies. So Europeans can apply for a 651.
- Those from weaker economies cannot apply for 601 or 651, but must apply for the Visitor visa in Business stream, which is 600. Delegates should apply for this visa at least 6 weeks before the date of the conference (i.e. by 30th October). Price at that point will be $135; inside 6 weeks, the price rises towards $1020. Processing times are faster than for tourism visas and less paperwork is required - as long as you've completed our biodata form.
Biodata required for 600 visa applications
The Immigration Authorities require particular information from every conference attendee applying for a 600 visa to attend the conference. Our online form (link below) will help you make this data available to Australian visa authorities worldwide. On receiving your visa application, they can cross-reference the list, and this should speed up the application process and increase the chances of your visa application being successful.
Letters of invitation
Applicants for a 601 or 651 visa do not require a letter of invitation. We are also assured that those applying for a 600 visa also do not require a letter of invitation - it is more important we have gathered correct information via the biodata form (above). Your visa application is likely to be more successful if you have paid your conference registration fee at the time of sending in your biodata and visa application.
However, for anyone applying for a 600 visa, and who is giving a paper and/or convening a panel at the conference, we are happy to provide a letter of support if required.
Accompanying spouses and children (for applicants for a 600 visa)
If you are travelling to Australia with your spouse and/or children and are actively participating in the conference, we can include their names on a letter of invitation, so please notify us if this is relevant to you and provide their names and passport numbers. However please note that only the conference participant/attendee can apply for a business visitor visa. Spouses and/or children of the participant can only apply for tourist visas (despite being on the same invitation letter). Tourist visas may take longer to process and require additional information (e.g. proof of sufficient funds and bookings etc.).
While 601 and 651 are granted quickly (immediately or 1-2 days), please ensure you apply for your visa well in advance to ensure you have your visa in time for the conference and to make your travel arrangements etc. We suggest you register, pay, and submit information on the biodata form ASAP and then make your visa application - all at least six weeks before your planned arrival in Australia.
If you have questions and queries about any of this process, please email with clear, specific questions to: conference(at)shiftingstates.info
Please note that if you do not follow these instructions and carry out your own application then we will be very limited in how much help we can provide if your application is unsuccessful or delayed. Please follow our instructions above to have the greatest chance of obtaining your visa on time.