Arriving at Perth International airport


Australia has a unique environment, free from many of the pests and diseases found elsewhere in the world. If you are visiting Australia, you must be aware of Australian quarantine laws.

When you arrive in Australia, you will need to complete an Incoming Passenger Card. This card must be read carefully and completed truthfully. It is important to remember the Incoming Passenger Card is a legal document and any false declaration can lead to prosecution resulting in a heavy fine or imprisonment, or both.

All animal and plant products, including food items, must be declared for inspection and will be returned in most cases. No matter how small or trivial your items may seem, they are potentially harmful to Australian flora and fauna.

If you are carrying A$10,000 or more cash – or the equivalent in foreign currency – with you to Australia, you MUST declare the money on your Incoming Passenger Card. You are also required to declare the money to any Australian Customs officials if questioned upon arrival. Failure to declare this money may result in the money being taken from you and you may also be arrested and prosecuted.
Note: it is not an offence to bring large amounts of money into Australia – the offence is not declaring it.

All drugs and medicines should be declared for inspection, especially products that:

  • contain substances that are prohibited without a permit (including narcotics, amphetamines, hallucinogens, barbiturates, vaccines, anabolic and androgenic steroids, growth hormones, and erythropoietin (EPO)
  • are regarded as performance enhancers in sport. Medicines that should be declared include prescribed medications; non-prescription, complementary, alternative, herbal and traditional medicines; vitamins and mineral preparations; and nutritional and dietary supplements. Do not carry illicit substances into or out of Australia. Penalties for drug offences in Australia are severe and could result in a jail term.

If you have any questions about quarantine laws when you arrive in Australia, ask to speak to a quarantine officer after you have collected your baggage. You will find them helpful and understanding.
Note: this information is intended as a guide only.

Find more information on government customs and quarantine for overseas visitors to Australia on the Australian Government website.

Arriving at Curtin

You must arrive in Perth in time to attend Orientation Week (O-Week) and the International Student Orientation Briefing. You will attend an enrolment briefing relevant to the faculty with which you will be studying, where you will receive important information about how to enrol in your course. Remember to bring your Letter of Offer and original or certified copies of qualifications for your Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) application if applicable.

It is your responsibility to ensure you:

  • arrive in Perth in time to settle into your permanent accommodation, attend O-Week, international student orientation briefing, and enrol in classes. If you fail to do so, your enrolment could be delayed until the following semester and you might have to pay a late fee or return home at your own expense.
  • inform the University of a local address within seven days of your arrival in Australia.


More information for new students arriving at Curtin