Before you arrive

Your arrival guide

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Australia! You’ll find some helpful advice and links below to help you plan your trip. We’ve included a guide on what to bring, visas, arriving at the airport and Customs.

What to bring

Documents

  • Your valid passport with student visa
  • Your letter of offer from Taylors College
  • A copy of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment form
  • A copy of your Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) form if you’re under 18 years old
  • At least three copies of your academic results, certified as true copies by the Principal of your school or by your agent
  • A certified true copy of your birth certificate, passport and visa
  • Your home address in English

What is a certified true copy?

A certified true copy is a photocopy of a document that has been endorsed by an official figure, confirming that they have seen the original document and that the photocopy is a true copy of the original. The photocopy must bear the stamp and signature of your Principal, a Justice of the Peace or your agent. In stamping and signing the photocopy they’re confirming that they have seen the original document.

Clothing

Australians generally have a casual and relaxed approach to what they wear. On campus most students dress in informal clothing. Australian summers (December to February) are usually warm. Temperatures can reach the high 30s °C during the day. Students typically wear cool, light clothes such as t-shirts, shirts, jeans, casual trousers or skirts. You should wear a hat and long-sleeved shirt to protect you from the sun.

During winter (June to August) temperatures can drop to below 10°C. We recommend you bring sweatshirts, jumpers, a coat or other warm clothing for winter.

Personal items

Some students like to bring items such as toiletries, bath towels, bed linen, blankets for the winter months, a bilingual dictionary, an alarm clock, a camera, their driver's licence and their international driver's licence.

You can bring items such as desktop or laptop computers and similar electronic equipment tax free into Australia. Customs must be satisfied that you intend to take these items out of Australia when you leave. Note: you might need adapters as Australia uses 240 watts for electrical appliances.
You don’t need to bring cooking utensils and other household items. You can buy them for a reasonable price from department stores or second-hand shops in Australia.

Visas

Find out about Government student visa requirements for Australia.

Airport arrival

If you ask us to pick you up from the airport we’ll send you a sign to display when you arrive in Australia. When you arrive at Sydney International Airport you should pass through Customs and Immigration. Then enter the Arrival Hall and go to the Information Desk. The person meeting you will be carrying a Taylors College sign with your name on it.

 If you can’t find the Information Desk, DON’T leave the airport.

Customs

On arrival in Australia you must declare all food, plant material and animal products. Customs need to make sure they’re free of pests and diseases.
Australia is an island, which means it’s protected from many of the pest, plant and animal diseases found in other parts of the world. Food, plant material and animal products from overseas could introduce some of the world's most serious pests and diseases into Australia. This could devastate our valuable agriculture and tourism industries and unique environment.

What can’t I bring into Australia?

Read information from the Australian Government about items that cannot be brought into Australia