At the Airport
You and your luggage will be screened by the Australian Customs Service to make sure you are not bringing any firearms, weapons and illegal drugs into Australia. Penalties for drug offences in Australia are severe and may result in a jail term.
For more information on what you need to declare to the Customs officials on arrival or anything else related to Australian Customs, visit the Australian Customs website.
Australia has strict quarantine laws, and for good reason. As an island continent, bringing in items such as food, plant cuttings, seeds and nuts, and anything made from wood, plant or animal materials including meat and poultry products, could have a devastating effect on Australia's native wildlife, plants and agriculture.
When you arrive in Australia, you must declare all quarantine items you may be carrying on your Incoming Passenger Card. This is a legal document so you will be breaking the law if you don't make a correct declaration.
Your luggage will be screened by quarantine officers, detector dogs or X-ray machines before you can exit the Customs/Quarantine area. More information is available on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQUIS) website, including What Can't I Take into Australia?. If you have any other questions, call AQIS on 1800 020 504.