|New South Wales has five designated ports at which vessels arriving direct from a foreign port can clear into Australia on arrival. They are Sydney, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Eden and Lord Howe Island. The Master or his agent should notify Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and relevant port authorities up to 96 hours prior to arriving in Australian waters.
ImmigrationAll superyacht crewmembers and guests onboard (except Australian or New Zealand nationals) require Australian visas. Visas should be obtained from an Australian Embassy. Some nationalities can obtain Electronic Visas from the Department of Immigration’s
web site at www.eta.immi.gov.au. A list of Australian Immigration Offices at which visas can be obtained outside Australia is available
at www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/index.htm Your agent can obtain these visas in advance and on your behalf. Superyacht crew visas are available and these temporary visas allow crew members to legally work onboard a Superyacht and remain in Australia for up to 12 months.
Some nationalities can obtain electronic visas from the Department of Immigration’s website at www.eta.immi.gov.au. A list of Australian Immigration Offices at which visas can be obtained outside Australia is available at www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/index.htm
Customs The Master of a vessel or his agent is required by law to give 96 hours notice of impending arrival to Australian Customs. This can be done either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to +61 2 6275 6331 or by telephoning Australian Customs’ National Communications Centre on +61 3 9244 8973. A Small Craft Arrival Form (Form B333) can be downloaded from Customs’ website and completed prior to arrival.
All information pertaining to the arrival of yachts in Australia can be
AUSREP & REEFREP AUSREP and REEFREP are Ship Reporting Systems for vessels within Australian waters. They are an integral part of the Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) system in Australia and are operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority through the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia). Superyachts coming to and from Australia are encouraged to use AUSREP whilst REEFREP is mandatory for superyachts greater than 50 metres within Great Barrier Reef waters. Details and downloadable booklets can be found at www.amsa.gov.au/Shipping_Safety/AUSREP_and_REEFREP