"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

"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)


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:

  • citizens of one of the 36 eVisitor or nine Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) eligible countries,
  • citizens of New Zealand, under the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, or
  • visitors eligible for visa-free travel under other laws such as Special purpose visa.

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 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 a 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 and participants will need to apply for a Business Visitor visa (subclass 600).

Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.