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Returning to Australia

Find information for former residents returning to Australia, on a range of issues including citizenship, visas, customs clearance and bringing pets and possessions back to Australia.

Arriving in Australia – Declare it!

You must declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free of pests and diseases.

Department of Agriculture

Arriving travellers

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Provides information for arriving travellers on documents required for customs clearance, information for sea travellers and items you must declare on arrival (including cash/currency).

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Bringing cats and dogs (and other pets) to Australia

Information in relation to importing cats and dogs and other pets into Australia from approved countries.

Department of Agriculture

Child born overseas to an Australian citizen

Information on citizenship for children born overseas to an Australian parent.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Current citizens

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Provides information on being an Australian citizen, including for long term residents in Australia, and revoking citizenship.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Duty free concessions

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Lists the duty-free concessions available to travellers entering or returning to Australia. Information available in multiple languages

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Entering or leaving Australia

​Includes information on what to expect at the border and what you can bring into the country, including duty-free and customs concessions for first-time migrants or returning Australian residents.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Importing a motor vehicle

Provides information on importing a motor vehicle into Australia.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Importing motor vehicles, motorcycles, machinery and tyres

Provides further information on quarantine clearance requirements for motor vehicles, motorcycles, machinery and tyres including documentation and standard of cleanliness required.

Department of Agriculture

Moving to Australia or importing personal effects/household goods

Information on packing, prohibited goods and on clearing your unaccompanied personal effects and household goods when coming to Australia.

Department of Agriculture

Returning residents

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Provides information and visa options for current or former permanent Australian residents, and former Australian citizens wishing to re-enter Australia.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Travel documents for entry to Australia

Everyone travelling to Australia must present a valid and approved travel document as evidence of their identity and nationality.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection