There are few very important things to plan for and organize before you leave your home country and come to Australia for studies.
Preparing your documents for travel
You should prepare a folder of official documents to bring with you to Australia, including:
• Valid passport with Student Visa
• Offer of a place / admission letter from ALTEC
• Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) issued by ALTEC
• Receipts of payments (e.g. tuition fees, OSHC, bank statements etc.)
• Insurance policies
• Original or certified copies of your academic transcripts and qualifications
• Other personal identification documents, e.g. birth certificate, ID card, driver’s license
• Medical records and/or prescriptions
• CAAW if you are under 18 years of age
What to Bring
Please be mindful of what you bring to Australia. Visit the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) homepage www.aqis.gov.au for details on what you can and cannot bring with you. If you're in doubt declare it anyway on the Incoming Passenger Card which you will receive on the plane. It is much easier than receiving fines for not declaring.
Seasonal Considerations -
For Summer/spring months you may need sun glasses and sun screen lotion, and light clothing such as T‐shirts, shorts, dresses, sandals etc. In autumn/Winter you need warm clothing such as jumpers & jackets etc. The coldest months are June & July and the hottest months are January and February.
At ALTEC students usually dress casually. Jeans or slacks with t‐shirts or blouses, sneakers or “running shoes” are almost standard dress. Shorts are often worn during the summer months and sandals/thongs are the most common footwear.
Entry into Australia
When you first arrive in Australia you will be required to make your way through Australian Immigration (follow the signs for Arriving Passengers as you leave the plane). An Immigration Officer will ask to see your completed Incoming Passenger Card (given to you on the plane) along with your passport and student visa evidence. The Immigration Officer will check your documents and may ask you a few questions about your plans for your stay in Australia.
Once you have passed through the immigration checks you will move to baggage claim (follow the signs) and collect your luggage. Check that nothing is missing or damaged. If something is missing or damaged go to the Baggage Counter and advise them of your problem. Staff at the Baggage Counter will help you to find your belongings or lodge a claim for damage.
You may see a Quarantine Detector Dog at the baggage carousel or while waiting in line to pass through immigration, screening luggage for food, plant material or animal products. If you see a detector dog working close to you, please place your bags on the floor for inspection. These dogs are not dangerous to humans and are trained to detect odours.
You will be able to leave the restricted area and enter the Arrivals Hall once you have cleared Customs. Here you will find a number of retail and food outlets along with public telephones, an information booth and money exchange facilities. If you arrive on a weekend, you may like to exchange money here as most banks are not open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Getting From the Airport
To get to your accommodation from the airport you could use several options. You may have someone who may pick you up. If not you can use a Shuttle Bus, Public Bus or a Taxi to get there. Fare for each of these services need to paid in Australian Dollar and you will need to exchange some of money at the Airport for this purpose. Take your wallet, ipod and mobile phone or other valuable technical devices with you when you are moving from class to class.
ALTEC has put together a comprehensive STUDENT HANDBOOK that provides pre-departure information as well as other useful information for all the students planning to travel to Australia to start their studies.
Other useful links;
Australian Taxation Office: