When You Arrive

Immigration and Customs

Australia has strict quarantine laws to help us keep diseases out of the country. There are food, plant material, animal products and some medicines that are forbidden from entering into Australia. Before you leave your country, take time out to read information on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service so you know what you can bring into Australia.

Before you land in Australia, you will be given an Incoming Passenger Card where you need to write if you have anything to declare. If you do, it will be inspected by an officer at Customs. Failure to declare may result in a fine so its advised that you do. 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.
If you are bringing any medicine, contact your nearest Australian diplomatic mission. To locate your local Australian diplomatic mission click here.

If you are carrying more than AU$10,000 in cash, you must also declare this on your Incoming Passenger Card. It is strongly recommended however, that you do not carry large sums of cash but arrange for an electronic transfer of funds into your Australian bank account once it has been opened.

For more information read:

Arriving in Australia - Declare it: You must declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free of pests and diseases. Please refer the following website:

Arriving Travellers: Provides information for arriving travellers on documents required for customs clearance, information for sea travellers and items you must declare on arrival (including cash/currency). Please refer the following website:

Can I pack that? – Dangerous Goods App: Are the items you’re packing safe to fly? Helps inform you about what you can and can’t pack in your luggage. And, if it can be brought aboard, guide you on how to do it safely. Download for: Android - external site iOS - external site

Duty free concessions: Lists the duty-free concessions available to travellers entering or returning to Australia. Information available in multiple languages. Please refer the following website:

Getting from Sydney Airport to Excelsia

Use the Trip Planner to plan a trip on public transport:


Go to Sydney Airport Domestic or Sydney Airport International Train Station.

At either of these stations go to the appropriate platform.

Catch the train to Central Station and change to the appropriate platform (the North Shore Line) for your train to *Chatswood. Change at Chatswood for your train to Macquarie Park Station.

Travel time is approximately 1 hour.

Please note that Macquarie Park Station will be closed till mid 2019 while the rail line between Epping and Chatswood is upgraded ahead of a new Sydney Metro Northwest train service that will deliver high-frequency, turn-up-and-go commuter trains every four minutes at peak times. Station Link buses will replace the trains between stations.

Baggage Allowances

Baggage allowances flying into Australia will vary according to your carrier, flight class and country of origin. Please check with your carrier prior to departure. Economy passengers are generally permitted 1 x checked luggage (20-30kg depending on airlines) and 1 x carry-on (7kg) for international flights. For specific information contact your airline directly.

If you are travelling on domestic flights within Australia, you can only check in 20kgs. This will significantly limit the amount of things you can bring, especially if you will fly within Australia to get to your final destination. Therefore, it is essential to think the packing process through very carefully. You will be able to purchase most things upon arrival in Australia but the price may be higher than in your own country.


Summer in Australia is from December to February, autumn from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November. For most of the country the hottest months are January and February.

If you arrive in June or July, the coldest months of the year, you may need to bring or buy winter clothing and blankets. You may also need to purchase a heating appliance once you arrive.

Bringing Your Computer

Bringing a PC or laptop into Australia may be a little more complicated.

Items owned and used for more than 12 months prior to arrival are allowed in tax-free. Proof of the date of purchase and purchase price may be required. Computers which are less than 12 months old and over AUD$400 may attract Goods and Services tax (GST) at a rate of 10%. Consideration is given as to whether or not you intend to export the computer at the conclusion of your studies.

To satisfy the Customs Officer that you will be taking the computer out of Australia you should bring along a statutory declaration (a written declaration witnessed by the certifying authority in your country) stating that the computer is for use during your studies in Australia, and that you intend to take it back with you when you complete your studies. You may be required to give an undertaking under Section 162 to this effect and provide a cash security to Australia Customs upon arrival.

Mobile Phones & Laptops

If you are considering bringing a mobile phone, laptop, or any communication devices we suggest that you visit the Australian Communications and Media Authority www.acma.gov.au before making any purchases. Some students have brought in their own laptops with internal modems only to discover that they were unable to use their modem in Australia. Any external or built-in modems must be Austel Approved in order to function in Australia.

Transport to Excelsia College

Excelsia is well serviced by buses and the new Sydney Metro. To learn more about travelling by bus and train to Excelsia, see below:

Timetables – plan bus and train trips in real time by using the Transport for NSW trip planner or download any of these Trip planning apps.

Payment– public transport to our campus uses the pre-paid Opal card system. The cost to use Sydney’s public transport network, where to buy an Opal card, how to use your Opal card and other key information can be found on the Opal card website.


In addition to the regular bus services to the College's Macquarie Park campus will be serviced by over 100 Station Link buses that will replace trains to move commuters between Epping and Chatswood train stations until mid 2019.

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