As you will see from the Australian Climate section, the temperature in Australia is quite temperate. It can get quite hot in summer but it doesn’t get as cold as a lot of countries in the northern hemisphere.
We recommend you pack sensibly and bring with you what you think you will really need clothes wise.
Jeans, t-shirts and comfy shoes are a must! We don’t want to list each item of clothing you should bring as we think that it is a bit personal!
Bring the essentials with you and whatever you didn’t bring and need, you can always go shopping! Remember, shopping in Australia is great and affordable, so if you need to buy any clothes you can easily buy them within your budget.
It is important to consider that Australia uses 240/250 volts, AC 50 Hz cycle.
||Australia has a different voltage and plug design than other countries The Australian three-pin outlet is different from most countries, so you may need to purchase an adaptor plug for the electrical appliances you bought from home e.g. laptop, hair dryer, etc. Adaptor plugs are readily available at travel or electrical stores around Australia. The international adapter plugs you purchase overseas should be fine also, as long as they say they will work in Australia!
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you bring to Australia all of your official documents for study and personal documents which you may need during your time in Australia.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENT CHECKLIST
- Passport (check that your passport is valid for the total duration of your study program in Australia)
- Student visa (This will usually be in your passport, but bring with you any other document relating to your visa and ensure your visa is valid for your entire study program.)
- Offer letter, Acceptance letter, Confirmation of Enrolment Letter (eCoE) and any other formal documentation sent to you from your institution (eg. Scholarship letter etc.)
- Documents outlining your academic history which may include your transcripts, educational and work qualifications, reference letters and course outlines if you hope to gain credit for your previous study.
- Formal identification papers (eg. Birth Certificate, Proof of Citizenship, valid drivers license and credit cards)
- Medical and immunisation records (in English if possible)
- Receipts of valuable new goods
- Legal documents which you may need in Australia.
- Certified copies of your passport (put a copy in your luggage)
- A valid Drivers License and/or an International Drivers License if you think you will be driving in Australia.
It is generally recommended that you carry with you AU$1,000 – AU$2,000 in cash which you can use for essentials and or emergencies when you first arrive in Australia. Remember to keep your money in a safe place.
Please note – There is no limit to the amount of cash you can bring into Australia however, amounts of $10,000 must be declared to Australian customs when you arrive in Australia.
If you want to bring your laptop, digital camera, Ipod, hairdryer, etc. to Australia we recommend checking first if they use the same voltage as Australia. Most of these goods are capable to work in different countries but it is better to check before bring them to Australia.
You should check also if you mobile or cell phone will work in Australia. Some companies or mobile phone devices have limitations or specific parameters. We recommend you to contact your local phone provider and ask about this. If you phone is GSM you can visit the website and see if your phone will work in Australia. http://www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/cou_au.shtml
Sometimes international students ask us if it is a better idea to buy electrical goods in Australia rather than carry them from their countries. This is a good option if you are staying in Australia for a long period, also it is a good option to ensure that these devices will work in Australia and you will get technical assistance if it is required. We just recommend you to check products and prices before you make your decision.
You may like to have a look on the following websites to find out how much electrical items cost in Australia - www.dse.com.au or www.harveynorman.com.au
Other items to bring:
- Bring a positive attitude with you to start this amazing new journey!
- Personal items that will remind you of home (eg. Photos, music, recipes).
- Medication and prescription details. Please check the Australian Customs website to check what medications you can bring to Australia.
- Optical spares.
- Other personal items what will help you in Australia such as a dictionary, alarm clock, umbrella, sports equipment and other accessories.
- Basic household items if you are really attached to them as some of these items may not be provided in your accommodation.
- Some of your favorite foods, but check what you can bring through Australian customs first!
- Contact details of all your friends and family. We recommend you keep all of these details online as this is the easiest way to access them and that way you can’t loose them!