All international delegates (non-Australian passport holders) will require a visa to enter Australia and attend the Africa Down Under Conference (ADU). For information regarding the appropriate visas and requirements, please see the visa options and information provided below.
Please note that the conference organisers will NOT be issuing visa invitation letters. We will however provide a registration confirmation email (issued once participants submit their registration for the conference); as well as a tax invoice/receipt indicating full payment has been made for conference registration/sponsorship fees.
The confirmation of registration email AND the tax invoice/receipt should be submitted/uploaded with the delegate’s visa application.
It should be noted that the provision of a confirmation of registration email and the tax invoice/receipt do not guarantee that a visa will be granted. The onus is on the visa applicant to demonstrate that they meet all of the legislative requirements for the grant of an Australian visa.
Visa options for Africa Down Under (ADU) are outlined below.
Participants, attendees and speakers that will not be working, performing or otherwise be paid (by the conference organisers) to contribute at the conference, may be eligible for the following visa options:
- Visitor (subclass 600)(Business stream) visa. For more information see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/visitor-600
- Electronic Travel Authority – ETA (subclass 601). For more information see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/electronic-travel-authority-601#tab-content-1
- eVisitor (subclass 651)(Business Stream) visa. For more information see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/evisitor-651
International Media and/or participants that that will be working, or otherwise be paid to contribute at the conference may be eligible for the following visa:
- Temporary Work (subclass 400)(Short Stay Specialist) visa. For more information see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-work-400
International delegates must provide the following information to the conference organisers once they have submitted a visa application.
- Country of Passport
- Passport Number
- Country of Residence
- Date of Birth
- Last Name/Surname (as appears on passport)
- First Name (as appears on passport)
- Middle Name(s) (as appears on passport)
Visa Processing Times
Visa applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and processing times can vary due to individual circumstances, including whether a complete application and all necessary supporting documents are provided when lodging a visa application.
Delegates are advised to lodge their visa applications at least six (6) to eight (8) weeks prior to their intended dates of travel. Due to the high volume of visa applications received for delegates attending ADU, the conference organisers recommend visa applications are submitted no later than six (6) weeks prior to the conference (by Friday 19 July 2019). Further information regarding visa processing times can be found at: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times.
The above information is provided as a guide only. Please contact the Australian visa office closest to your current place of residence for current visa information. The organisers of ADU accept no liability for inaccurate/outdated information provided on this website. It is the responsibility of each delegate to find out the visa information and regulations pertinent to their country of citizenship.