Before you leave home

A checklist of things to do before you leave home
Passport and VisaCheck that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to your entry arrival in Australia, and that you have all your visa documentation. It is also a good idea to make copies of your passport in case you lose your passport.
MedicalArrange for immunisations and/or medication from your doctor. Have your eyes tested and a dental check-up.
Student enrolment and orientation documentsYou will need your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) and student information pack, which you will have received from your institution.
Personal documentsCertified copies of your qualifications and certificates, ID cards, Drivers License, Birth Certificate (or certified copy).
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)This is a requirement for entry to Australia, so make sure you have your health cover policy arranged before you leave home.
Travel InsuranceYou should also consider travel insurance, which covers things your OSHC may not – such as cancelled flights, lost documents, dental or optical care, etc.
AirfaresMake sure you are aware of the date and time of your flight. Keep your flight details in a safe and secure place, with your passport and visa.
Contact detailsYou may want to have a list of emergency contact details for family, as well as your embassy, accommodation and institution details. If you have used an education agent, keep their contact details on you, in case you need to contact them once you arrive in Australia.
Australian currencyThere are money exchange places available at Australian airports and in cities, but it is recommended to have some Australian currency on you prior to leaving your home country. Confirm overseas access to your funds with your home bank. Apply for a credit card and/or arrange sufficient funds.
Transport from the airportWhether you are taking public transport, a taxi, or you are being picked up from the airport by your education provider, it is important that you have all the details including the time, the route and, if your travel has been arranged by your institution, their contact details. If you need a map to assist you in getting to your accommodation from the airport, they will be available at the airport, or you can print one prior to leaving.
Accommodation detailsMake sure you have the address of where you will be staying as well as their phone number and payment confirmation (if you have already paid for your accommodation).