Visa Information for Travel to Australia

Do I require a visa?

ALL visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.

Visa options

If you are planning to visit Australia for an event such as a conference, meeting or seminar, you need to apply for one of the visitor visas listed below. The passport which you hold determines whether you can apply online, or if you need to lodge a paper-based application. The following information will help you identify the right visa and application process applicable to you.

PLEASE NOTE: This information is a guide only. It is the responsibility of the individual traveller to make sure they are applying for the correct visa.

[1] eVisitor [subclass 651] — Online Applications


European Union (EU) passport holders, and some other European passport holders, are eligible to apply individually online for an eVisitor visa to travel to and enter Australia. For a conference event, the most appropriate visa is the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa. Applications for eVisitor visas are free. Passport holders from the following countries can apply for an eVisitor visa online:

Andorra France Lithuania Republic of San Marino
Austria Germany Luxembourg Slovak Republic
Belgium Greece Malta Slovenia
Bulgaria Hungary Monaco Spain
Cyprus Iceland The Netherlands Sweden
Czech Republic Ireland Norway Switzerland
Denmark Italy Poland United Kingdom – British Citizen *
Estonia Latvia Portugal Vatican City
Finland Liechtenstein Romania Croatia

You need a separate eVisitor for each family member travelling with you to Australia, including those who are younger than 18 years of age and are included on your passport.

* You are not eligible to apply for the eVisitor if your only passport is a British National Overseas, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject passport.


[2] Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) [subclass 601] — Online Applications


Passport holders from a number of countries are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to travel to and enter Australia. For a conference event, the most appropriate ETA is the ETA (Subclass 601). There is no visa application charge for ETA applications lodged online but a service fee of AUD20 is charged for use of the ETA website.  Passport holders from the following countries may apply for an ETA online:

  • Brunei – Darussalam
  • Malaysia
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region) *
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • United States of America

* A Hong Kong Document of Identity (HKDI) cannot be used to apply for an ETA. Residents of Hong Kong require a citizen passport to apply for this visa.

Each family member travelling with you to Australia will need a separate ETA. This includes any children younger than 18 years of age who are included on your passport.


[3] Visitor Visa [subclass 600] — Online or Paper Based Applications


For countries not listed in [1] and [2] above, this visa lets you visit Australia for conference purposes for up to three, six or 12 months. The base application charge for this visa ranges from AUD$130 to AUD$335. If you are outside Australia only certain passport holders can apply for this visa online.  If you cannot apply online, you may lodge a paper application. If you are not eligible to make an online application you should submit a paper application for the Visitor visa (subclass 600), which can be lodged at your nearest Australian Immigration office:


Australian Visa Office Locations

To find the nearest Australian visa office to your current place of residence:


As this process may take up to 3 months, we strongly encourage you to begin the visa application process no later than July 2015.

If you require a letter for your visa application:

In some cases, it will be necessary for you to obtain a letter from us stating that you will be attending the ADC-15 conference. The process for requesting a visa letter is as follows:

  • Register for the conference.
  • Send us your request for a visa letter via email to . Please include the following information:
    • Full name as it appears in your passport: Last name, First and middle names
    • Gender
    • Email address
    • Telephone number
    • Detailed postal address
    • Country of Passport; Passport Number; Passport Expiry Date
    • Current country of residence
    • Date of Birth
    • Are you an ACM member? If yes, ACM member number.
    • Will you be presenting at the conference? If so, the paper or session you will be presenting.
    • Proposed visit dates to Australia
  • We will email the letter as a PDF as well as put the visa letter in the mail usually within 5 business days.

We are only able to generate visa letters for paid attendees and organizing committee members, so it is important that you register for the conference before requesting a visa letter.

If you have any questions, please contact


The information provided in this document is a guide only. It is the responsibility of the individual traveller to make sure they are applying for the correct visa.

Important Dates

Conference Date

4–7 June 2015

Contact Us

Jeffrey Chan