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The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service plays an important role at Perth Airport, screening every person and item that enters and leaves Australia.  In Australia, Customs and Border Protection officers collect import duties and sales tax, check passengers and baggage for illicit drugs, firearms (including replica guns such as BB guns), animal skins and other prohibited items (such as blowpipes and flick knives).

If you are carrying currency of A$10,000 or more into or out of Australia, Customs and Border Protection requires you to declare this fact as you depart or arrive.  An International currency transfer report form is available from Customs and Border Protection.

Australian citizens no longer require their passports to be stamped by Customs and Border Protection following a decision to streamline the process for facilitating incoming and outgoing passengers. However, Customs and Border Protection are continuing to stamp the passports of foreign nationals.

For more information about the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, please visit www.customs.gov.au.

Tourist Refund Scheme

In July 2000, the Australian Federal Government introduced a Tourist Refund Scheme that is administered by Customs and Border Protection.

The Tourist Refund Scheme enables overseas visitors and some Australian residents to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) paid on goods purchased in Australia. 

To claim a refund you must:

  • Spend A$300 (GST inclusive) or more and submit a valid tax invoice. Travellers can submit more than one tax invoice to make their claim, as long as each is a valid tax invoice from the one Australian Business Number retailer and the total value of goods purchased is $300 or more (including GST) 
  • Buy goods no more than 60 days before departure 
  • Wear or carry the goods on board and present them along with your tax invoice, passport and boarding pass to a TRS facility prior to departing
  • Claims are only available up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight.

The refund only applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear onto the plane when you leave Australia. It does not apply to services or goods consumed or partly consumed in Australia, such as chocolate and perfume. However, unlike other tourist shopping schemes, most of the goods such as clothing and cameras, can be used in Australia before departure.

Please note that if you bring the goods back into Australia, you could be liable to pay GST.

Travellers can claim the refund from Customs and Border Protection officers at the Tourist Refund Scheme counter, located on the first floor of the current International Terminal (T1), immediately after completing Customs and Border Protection formalities when departing Australia.

For more information about the Tourist Refund Scheme, please visit www.customs.gov.au

Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMIA)

The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMIA) is an agency of the Australian Government and is responsible for:

  • The migration of people including refugees to Australia
  • Some post-arrival arrangements for migrants and refugees
  • Australian citizenship
  • Matters relating to multicultural affairs
  • Broad population issues.

DIMIA also administers the entry into Australia of visitors, students and temporary residents including some with permission to work, and young working holiday makers.

DIMIA has offices in all States, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, and immigration services are available at most of Australia's overseas missions.

Under the Migration Act 1958, DIMIA has a mandatory obligation to detain all unlawful non-citizens until they are either granted a visa or they leave Australia.  People who arrive in Australia without lawful authority may be held in detention while any claim to stay in Australia is assessed, or until they leave Australia.  Immigration Detention Centres are located in Perth, and an Immigration Reception and Processing Centre is located at Port Hedland (Western Australia).

DIMIA compliance officers are responsible for identifying, locating and removing people who have no legal right to stay in Australia.  If you do not have a valid visa for remaining in Australia, you are encouraged to contact compliance staff for advice.

For more information, please contact DIMIA on 131 881 or visit www.immi.gov.au.

SmartGate

Australian and New Zealand ePassport holders now have the option to self-process through passport control using SmartGate.

SmartGate is a simple, two-step process which performs the customs and immigration checks usually conducted by a Customs and Border Protection officer.  It offers travellers flying into Perth another option for clearing through passport control.

To use SmartGate, travellers must be aged 18 years or over and have completed their Incoming passenger card.

For more information visit www.australia.gov.au/smartgate