Prepare Now — Almost Everyone Needs a Visa for Australia

The Australian Government advises that all visitors who require a visa to enter Australia should apply at least two months prior to their intended date of departure.

Who Requires a Visa? Almost Everyone

Under Australia's universal visa system, ALL VISITORS to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.

New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival can review this fact sheet -

Applying for a Visa

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting Australia.

For the purpose of attending the 2014 World Credit Union Conference, the participants may wish to consider applying for one of the following visas, based on their role at the event:

  1. eVisitor visa, ETA or Visitor (Subclass 600) visa in the business visitor stream: should be used by conference participants, unless they are being paid by an organiser in Australia for their participation.
  2. Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (Sublcass 400) visa: should be used by those who are being paid by an organisation in Australia for their participantion in a conference.

For further types of visas, information on how to apply or for questions about Australian visas, please visit

To find an Australian embassy or consulate outside of Australia, please visit

Letter of Invitation

In some cases, attendees may require a letter of invitation from World Council of Credit Unions to facilitate the processing of the visa. To request a letter of invitation, please do the following:

  1. Register for the conference and submit payment.
  2. Download and complete the Request for Letter of Invitation Form.
  3. Email or fax the completed form to Allison McCarty, conference specialist, at or +1-608-395-2001.

Letters of invitation will only be issued once the above documentation, conference registration and payment have been received. Issuance of a visa letter is subject to review by World Council. Incomplete or unsubstantiated requests may not be processed. All letters will be emailed as a PDF, no exceptions. Visa letters will be emailed within 3 to 5 business days after receipt of the completed form and after registration and full payments have been processed.

Denied a Visa?

If you were denied a visa to enter Australia, you should ask your embassy or consulate what the appeal process is and how long it will take. World Council cannot contact an embassy or consulate on your behalf.

If you have paid your conference registration fees and are not able to obtain a visa, you will need to contact Allison McCarty at immediately about a possible registration refund. Visa denial does not guarantee a refund of any conference fees and each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Traveling with Children

If entering Australia with children under age 18, it is highly important that you ensure you have all the proper documents before leaving home. In many cases, children under age 18 will be required to have a passport to enter Australia. If children are traveling without their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), additional paperwork, such as a birth certificate copy and/or notarized letter from parent, may be required.

Please contact your local embassy or consulate to get requirements or additional information.