What to bring
- Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in Marine Science
- Future Students
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- Research and Teaching
- Partners and Community
- About JCU
- Reputation and Experience
- Celebrating 50 Years
- Anton Breinl Research Centre
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- Applying to JCU
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- Area 61
- Association of Australian University Secretaries
- Australian/NZ Students
- Australian Lions Stinger Research
- Boating and Diving
- Employability Edge
- Australian Tropical Herbarium
- Careers at JCU
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- Australian Quantum & Classical Transport Physics Group
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- College of Business, Law and Governance
- College of Healthcare Sciences
- WHOCC for N&M Education and Research
- College of Medicine and Dentistry
- College of Science and Engineering
- COVID-19 Advice
- Centre for Disaster Solutions
- Cyclone Testing Station
- The Centre for Disaster Studies
- Daintree Rainforest Observatory
- Diploma of Higher Education
- Discover Nature at JCU
- Research Division
- Services and Resources Division
- Education Division
- Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
- Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
- Economic Geology Research Centre
- Elite Athletes
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- Foundation for Australian Literary Studies
- Gender Equity Action and Research
- Give to JCU
- Information for JCU Cairns Graduates
- Graduate Research School
- Indigenous Education and Research Centre
- Indigenous Engagement
- Indigenous Legal Needs Project
- Inherent Requirements
- IsoTropics Geochemistry Lab
- IT Services
- International Schools
- Why JCU?
- Scholarships and fees
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- Applying to JCU
- Funding your studies and scholarships
- Prepare to arrive
- Student stories
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- JCU authorised representatives
- Contact us
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- JCU Turtle Health Research
- Language and Culture Research Centre
- Mabo Decision: 30 years on
- Marine Geophysics Laboratory
- New students
- Off-Campus Students
- Office of the Vice Chancellor and President
- Virtual Open Day
- Outstanding Alumni Awards
- Parents and Partners
- Pathways to university
- Planning for your future
- Professional Experience Placement
- Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Rapid Assessment Unit
- Researcher Development Portal
- Safety and Wellbeing
- Contextual Science for Tropical Coastal Ecosystems
- State of the Tropics
- Strategic Procurement
- Student Equity and Wellbeing
- Student profiles
- TQ Maths Hub
- Unicare Centre and Unicampus Kids
- VAVS Home
- Work Health and Safety
- WHOCC for Vector-borne & NTDs
- Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine
The table below provides a list of essential items that you should bring with you for your time in Australia. You should also check with your airline to confirm how much baggage you are allowed to bring.
Essential items list
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Photocopy all important documents before you leave home. Leave a copy with someone at home and keep another copy with you, separate from the originals. This includes but is not limited to:
Prescriptions for medications
Bring prescriptions for any medications that you need to take regularly. If you need to organise additional medication while in Australia, take any previous prescriptions with you when seeing a doctor.
When travelling to Australia, you must declare any drugs and medicines (including prescription medications).
It is advisable that you obtain a letter or prescription from your doctor describing your medication and medical condition, and carry this letter with you.
Visit the Therapeutic Goods Administration website for more information.
Exchange money before you leave home. It is recommended that you have access to at least AUD$150 when you first arrive.
There are no currency exchange facilities at the Townsville airport.
All electrical equipment and appliances that you bring to Australia will need to be used with an adaptor/converter (unless the item has a multi-voltage option).
Care should especially be taken with expensive items to ensure that the correct adapter/converter is used. Power outlets in Australia will only accept certain two or three-pinned plugs.
Further information is available here.
Appropriate items for North Queensland
Sunscreen, sunglasses, sandals, good walking shoes, hat, umbrella, swimwear, camera and insect repellent. You should bring some loose, comfortable clothes for the warmer months, and light winter clothing for the cooler months. All of these items are widely available in Australia to purchase.
Things to consider
You can bring items such as a laptop computer and similar electronic equipment duty free into Australia provided that Customs is satisfied these items are intended to be taken with you on departure.
For more information visit Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
Medical records for pre-existing conditions
You should obtain a letter from your doctor regarding any pre-existing conditions you may have as this will assist your doctor in Australia to provide any treatment you may need. There may be claim restrictions on your Overseas Student Health Cover if you have any pre-existing conditions.
For further information contact Allianz Care.
You should also bring a record of immunisations you have had, particularly if you are studying programs at JCU that require you to have certain vaccinations (e.g. Medicine, Nursing and Veterinary Science).
Personal references for work and renting
If you are planning to work or rent a property whilst in Australia, you may be required to provide personal and rental references, so you may wish to obtain some references before you leave home.