Customs and Quarantine

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Australia's Customs and Quarantine

Australia's customs laws prevent you from bringing drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms and protected wildlife into Australia. Some common items such as fresh or packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, plants, seeds, skins and feathers are also prohibited. There is no limit on currency but you will need to declare amounts over $10000. For more detailed information go to the Australian Government Customs and Border Protection website at www.customs.gov.au.
The Department of Agriculture can be viewed at www.daff.gov.au.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is responsible for issuing visas to people who want to visit, work, study or live in Australia. It is responsible for the management of lawful and orderly entry and stay of people in Australia, including through effective border security. It provides information and application forms for migration to Australia, and information about settling in Australia, Australian citizenship, and multicultural affairs. Visit www.immi.gov.au.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service manages the security and integrity of Australia's borders. It works closely with other government and international agencies, in particular the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Department of Defence, to detect and deter unlawful movement of goods and people across the border. Visit www.customs.gov.au. The Department of Agriculture manages quarantine controls at Australian borders to minimise the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering the country.

For further information about the Australian Governments departments and their responsibilities visit www.australia.gov.au.

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