I’m in the Australian Military. Besides my personal goods what items can I bring back from overseas deployment?

Australian military personnel are able to claim a passenger concession when returning from military duties overseas. ​

Group 1 - general

AU$900 worth of goods (AU$450 for people under 18 and both air and sea crew members) including gifts (given to you or intended for others), souvenirs, cameras, electronic equipment, leather goods, perfume concentrates, jewellery, watches and sporting equipment. Alcohol and tobacco products cannot be included in this concession.

These goods can be:

  • obtained overseas
  • purchased in Australia duty or tax free before departure
  • goods for which a tax refund has been approved through the Tourist Refund Scheme
  • purchased from an inwards duty free shop on arrival

Group 2 - alcohol

2.25 litres of alcoholic beverages for each passenger aged 18 years or over.

Group 3 - tobacco

50 cigarettes, or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products for each passenger aged 18 years or over.

NOTE: If you exceed any of the concession limits set out above, the Department will charge you duty and tax on the entire importation or purchase within that group of items not just the amount in excess of your concession.

You can pool your duty free concessions if you are a family travelling together. This includes husbands and wives, defacto partners and same sex couples and, if any, their child who is, or children who are under 18 years.

Most personal items such as new clothing, footwear, and articles for personal hygiene and grooming (but not fur or perfume concentrates) may also be brought into Australia in accompanied baggage free from duty and/or tax.