All international delegates (non-Australian passport holders) will require a visa to enter Australia for the Africa Down Under (ADU) Conference. For information on visa requirements and applications, please visit the Department of Home Affairs’ website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/visit.
On advice from the Australian Government, the conference organisers will NOT issue visa invitation letters. Invitation letters will only be issued to international participants who are well known to the conference organisers or host organisation (Paydirt Media Pty Ltd); or who are performing an integral role at the conference, i.e. Invited Speakers, VIP Guests, or Government Ministers/Officials.
Please note that a visa invitation letter from the conference organisers is NOT sufficient proof of attendance, and will NOT be accepted by Australian immigration if the information below has not been provided.
The Department of Home Affairs has advised that international delegates who have registered and paid their registration/sponsorship fees in full can submit the following items which are sufficient as proof of attendance as required for visa applications:
- Registration Confirmation Email – issued by the conference organisers once the registration is received, AND
- Tax Invoice/Receipt (must contain the delegate’s details) indicating full payment has been made for registration/sponsorship fees
The conference organisers will frequently liaise with the Department of Home Affairs’ International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) and provide the IECN with (registered) delegate information in order to facilitate visa arrangements for international delegates attending ADU. As such international delegates must provide the following information to the conference organisers with their registration, or 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)
Please note that providing the above information does NOT guarantee delegates will be granted a visa. All visa applicants must meet the entry requirements/character assessments as required by the Department of Home Affairs. 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.
Visa Processing Times
The standard visa processing time indicated by the Department of Home Affairs is four (4) weeks; however it would be prudent to allow four (4) to eight (8) weeks for visa applications to be processed. 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). Applications can be submitted up to three months prior to the anticipated arrival date.
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. 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.