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 Departure + Arrival

Booking your flight

Once you decide to accept your offer you should try to book your flight as early as possible. Flights for arrival into Perth by the beginning of each semester i.e. December – February, and June – July can be heavily booked.

When booking your ticket check the visa entry requirements which may restrict your date of entry into Australia. It is a good idea to arrive in Perth a few weeks before you start your course. You will need time to find appropriate accommodation and get to know your new neighbourhood.

If you are travelling a long way you may need time to overcome jet lag and adjust to the climate.

Arriving in Australia

When you land in Australia you will be given an Incoming Passenger Card to complete. This is a legal document. If you are carrying any food, plant, wood, animal items or products – you must tick yes. This also includes food given to you during your flight. If you have any items that you do not wish to declare you can dispose of them in quarantine bins provided at the airport.

If you have more than $10,000 in cash in your luggage, you must declare it on your Incoming Passenger Card. It is suggested that you arrange for an electronic transfer of funds into your Australian bank account once it has been opened.

Airport welcome desk

Study Perth provide an airport welcome desk at Perth Airport to welcome international students. Visit the welcome desk to collect your welcome gift to help you settle into life in Western Australia. Visit studentsinperth.com.au for more information.

Airport pickup

Airport pick-up can be arranged at a cost of $130, you will be taken directly to your homestay family or temporary accommodation. Australian Homestay Network (AHN) can organise this service for you.

A taxi from the airport to central Perth costs approximately $50. An airport bus ($20) is also available and can drop passengers at central city hotels.

Getting started

You should arrive in Perth with at least $1,000 and have access to another $2,000 during your first few weeks for expenses associated with organising housing. Funds may be needed to pay bond on rental accommodation or for other services.

Attending the orientation session at your Institution is also required. By attending orientation you will be able to get help with settling into life in Western Australia.

Document Checklist

There are a number of official documents that you should bring to Australia with you including:

  • Valid passport with Student Visa
  • Letter of Offer from TAFE International Western Australia
  • Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) issued by  TAFE International Western Australia
  • All receipts of fees paid (e.g. course fees, OSHC, bank statements etc.)
  • OSHC insurance certificate/policy details
  • Copies of your academic transcripts and qualifications (original or certified*)
  • Personal identification documents, including Birth Certificate, Identification card, Driver’s Licence or International Drivers Licence.
  • Medical records and/or prescriptions (if appropriate)

*certified documents are witnessed by signature as being true copies of the original document.

Please note if you are travelling with your family you should have make sure you have their documents too.

Documents should be kept in your carry-on h​and luggage. It is a good idea to make copies that are scanned and stored securely online, or left behind with family to be sent to you if lost.

Start Planning Guides

The following guides provide additional information to help you start planning for your studies:

Start Planning Guide for TAFE students

Start Planning Guide for School students

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