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Pre Departure and Arrival


You should prepare a folder of official documents to bring with you to Australia, including:

  • Valid passport with Student Visa
  • Offer of a place / admission letter from TAFE NSW
  • Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) issued by TAFE NSW
  • Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) form issued by TAFE NSW if you are under 18 years of age and have requested TAFE NSW to approve your living arrangements. You must maintain approved living arrangements at all times as a condition of your visa
  • Receipts of payments (e.g. tuition fees, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), bank statements etc.)
  • Insurance policies
  • Original or certified copies of your academic transcripts and qualifications
  • Other personal identification documents, e.g. birth certificate, ID card, driver's licence
  • Medical records and/or prescriptions

If you are travelling with your family you will need to include their documents as well. Keep all documents in your carry-on luggage. In case you lose the originals, make certified copies that can be left behind with family and sent to you.

Weather (seasons)

Australia is known for having four seasons in one day! So pack for every eventuality.

  • Spring/autumn: light jumpers/sweaters, light jackets, trousers, sports/covered shoes
  • Winter: Woollen jumpers/sweaters, thick jackets, trousers, raincoat, thick socks, gloves, scarves, sports/covered shoes
  • Summer: T-shirts, cotton shirts/blouses, dresses shorts, light sandals, sports/covered shoes.

On your flight

Wear comfortable, layered clothing so that you are able to make adjustments according to the local weather. Remember – if you are flying from a northern hemisphere winter into the Australian summer it will be very HOT so wear light weight clothing underneath, and have a pair of sandals or lighter shoes in your hand luggage if you need cooler footwear.

Before landing in Australia passengers are given an Incoming Passenger Card to fill in. This is a legal document. You must tick YES if you are carrying any food, plant material including wooden souvenirs, or animal products. This includes fruit given to you during your flight. If you have items you don't wish to declare, you can dispose of them in quarantine bins in the airport terminal.

Don't be afraid to ask airline staff if you have any questions.

Customs (quarantine)

The Australian Government is extremely strict on food, plant and animal products that can be brought into the country. Please check the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water website for items that are banned and for items that must be declared and inspected.

Preparing your finances

  • Arrange a bank card with your financial institution before you leave home.
  • Have approximately A$300 in cash when you arrive, but don’t carry large sums of money with you.
  • Please note that Australian law limits the amount of cash you can bring into the country. If you are bringing A$10,000 or more (or the equivalent in foreign currency) you must declare this to customs officials on arrival in Australia.
  • Daily currency exchange rates can be found at the XE website
  • Read more information about the Cost of living.

Health issues

Health insurance is compulsory for international students studying in Australia, so visit the Medibank Private website for more information and check the offer letter invoice payment. Bring a copy of your medical history with you. Your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) generally does not cover any pre-existing medical conditions. Serious medical problems should be taken care of before you come to Australia. OSHC covers only certain conditions. You should check your policy carefully and think about whether you will need Optional Extra Cover.

If you are taking prescribed medication please check with the Australian Diplomatic Mission (ADM) in your home country to confirm what medicine you are allowed to bring into Australia. Ask your doctor to write a letter (translated into English) stating why you need the medicine. This will be useful if you need to see a doctor about the same condition in Australia. You may even need to show this documentation when you pass through customs at Sydney Airport.

Airport pickup

If you have requested airport pickup, you must notify TAFE NSW International of your arrival details two weeks before you are due to arrive. A representative will meet you at the airport in the Arrivals Hall, holding a sign with your name on it. You will enter the Arrivals Hall after you clear Customs. There is no need to worry if your flight is delayed as the representative will wait for you and take you directly to your host family.

We recommend students use this service, unless you are staying with relatives. If you have booked an airport pickup service please don't leave the airport with family or friends who may surprise you by coming to the airport

Note: The airport pickup service costs A$140. You will need to pay the airport pickup fee at the same time as your tuition fee.

Travel from airport (taxi/train)

If you are not using the airport pick-up service you can:

  1. Take a taxi to Sydney's city centre and this will cost approximately A$50
  2. The Airport Link Rail Service runs from Sydney Airport to the city centre every 10 minutes during peak hours. The fare from the Airport to Central Station is approximately A$16. You can then catch trains or buses to Sydney metropolitan areas or NSW regional centres.