"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)

"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789


Visa information

Australia maintains a universal visa regime, meaning that every non-citizen in Australia must have a visa, either as a result of an application, or one granted automatically by law. As of 2015, there is no intention to provide visa-free access for any country, however, Australia gives a visitor visa exemption to:

The e-Visitor Australia is an electronic Authorization issued by the Australian government to European travelers, planning to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes. It is valid for 12 months and allows multiple entries for a stay up to 90 days at a time. For the majority of e-Visitor applications, the Approval is received by email within 24 hours. Some requests require longer processing time. We, therefore, recommend that you apply at least 3 days before the planned travel date.

In addition to the citizens of 45 eVisitor and ETA eligible countries and the citizens of New Zealand who may need to apply for a Visitor visa, the citizens of all other countries may apply for the Visitor visa online. Citizens of 34 countries are officially considered low risk.


Instructions for visa procedure for SDEWES participants

Participants who require a visa for Australia need to select the “Visa letter” option in the conference registration system. The Conference will issue a certified Invitation letter, only to registered authors with accepted papers and settled fees. In order to receive an Invitation Letter, please mark this option while settling the fee (in the FEE/REGISTRATION menu) or contact

Visa type for this event can be 408 Temporary Activity (invited participant), which allows the presenters to come to Australia for less than 3 months without sponsorship, or the 600 Business Visitor stream.

In order to prepare for their visa application, the applicants should attach their travel itinerary (booking only, no need to confirm the ticket yet) as one of the supporting documents. All participants must meet health and character requirements to receive the visa. 

In order to avoid any delay of the visa application, all applicants are advised to front-load all applications as detail as they can to submit a decision-ready application (i.e. evidence of incentive to return home, evidence of access to sufficient funds, etc). As this visa is being processed in the Australian mission overseas (depend on the nationality), some countries may be more strict than others therefore the outcome may vary.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Iva Gavran,

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