Military personnel


Essential information for military personnel

Arriving in Australia

What do I need to do when arriving in Australia?

  1. Complete an Incoming Passenger Card
  2. Produce your passport and/or military ID and movement orders

Accompanying persons

Accompanying persons to military personnel (for example, spouses and/or dependants) must each:

  • Complete an Incoming Passenger Card, and 
  • Show their passport

Items to declare when arriving in Australia

  • Service weapons 
  • Personal weapons and ammunition including firearms, knuckledusters, daggers, laser pointers above one milliwatt (1mW) and flick-knives
  • Prescription and non-prescription drugs and medicines, including steroids, herbs, vitamins and other medicines for personal use
  • Cash amounts of AUD$10 000 or more, or equivalent in foreign currency
  • Protected wildlife or products made from protected wildlife 
  • Illegal pornography

Duty free allowance

Travellers who exceed Australia's duty free allowance will be charged duty and tax on all items of that type (general goods, alcohol or tobacco), not just the items which exceed the limits.

See > Duty-free concession

Unaccompanied personal effects

Duty free allowances do not apply to unaccompanied effects.

Military personnel can bring unaccompanied personal property into Australia duty and GST free.

This does not apply to: 

  • Motor vehicles
  • Alcohol and tobacco products 
  • Commercial goods

NOTE:

  • Furniture and household goods must be personally owned and used overseas for the 12 months before coming to Australia.
  • Status of Forces Agreements and related by-laws are in place for certain foreign countries to provide duty and tax-free concessions for unaccompanied personal effects for military personnel from those countries.

Departing Australia

What do I need to do when departing from Australia?

  1. Complete an Outgoing Passenger Card
  2. Produce your passport and/or military ID and movement orders

Accompanying persons

Accompanying persons to military personnel (for example, spouses and/or dependants) must each:

  • Complete an Outgoing Passenger Card, and 
  • Show their passport

Items to declare when departing Australia

  • Heritage items including works of art, stamps, coins, minerals and specimens of fossils or meteorites
  • Cash amounts of AUD$10,000 or more, or equivalent in foreign currency
  • Service weapons 
  • Protected wildlife or products made from protected wildlife (some medicines may contain protected wildlife products).

Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

Military personnel leaving Australia on military transport can claim a refund as a traveller using TRS.

The Tourist Refund Scheme allows you to claim a refund on the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) paid on goods you buy in Australia.

Military personal must show their passport/ and/or military ID, and proof of travel (boarding pass or military orders) when making a claim.

See > Tourist Refund Scheme

See > Tourist Refund Scheme for Travellers

Military issue weaponry

Military personnel are not required to submit a permit for military owned and personal service weapons imported or exported as part of a recognised military deployment.

Please ensure all items are listed on the manifest.

Personal military effects

Personal military effects not owned by the military are subject to normal border control requirements.

Personal military effects could include:

  • Military souvenirs (including trench art)
  • Firearms
  • Weapons
  • Ballistic vests 
  • Other dangerous items

Items may require a permit, police authorisation or safety testing before importation or exportation.

Please ensure all items are listed on the manifest, and declared at the border.