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

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) allows you to claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on certain goods purchased in Australia. 

The Tourist Refund Scheme counter is operated by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and is located on the first floor of the International Terminal (T1). 

TRS is open to all overseas visitors and Australian residents, except for operating air crew. 

To claim a refund you must: 
spend $300 or more (including GST) in a single business;
purchase goods no more than 60 days before departing Australia;
wear or carry the goods on board as hand luggage (unless they are liquids, gels or aerosols or oversized or bulky goods which the airline require to be checked in) and present them along with your tax invoice, passport and international boarding pass to the TRS facility;
have paid for the goods yourself; and
have an original tax invoice for the goods. 

Claims are only available up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight. To make sure you have enough time to make your TRS claim, you should complete your departure immigration clearance at least 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight. 

For more information visit the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website.

NEW Mobile and Web TRS Applications 

The Customs and Border Protection mobile and web TRS applications (apps) allow you to enter the information required to lodge a TRS claim. 

Using the apps you can enter:
your travel details; 
details of the goods for which you are claiming a refund of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and/or Wine Equalisation Tax (WET); and 
how you prefer to receive your TRS refund.

Your information will be stored in a QR code and you must present this code, along with your purchased goods and original tax invoices, to the TRS facility at Perth Airport on your departure from Australia.

If you successfully enter your TRS claim details using the apps, you will be able to use a dedicated queue at the TRS facility and processing your claim should be faster.

Visit the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service TRS apps page to access the applications. 

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