International Vessel Information

For anyone bringing their vessel into Australia, it is imperative that you understand the requirements of Customs and Border Protection. For some vessels it is worthwhile using the services of an agent. If you would like further information please contact us.

Arriving in Australia

Yacht Operators/Owners intending to bring a yacht into Australia (under its own power) must notify Australian Border Force of the impending arrival before arrival in Australian waters. Impending arrival reports may be made by email to and the requirements may be found at – the process is easy and you will be welcome.

Entering Australia

As with most countries in the world, Australia is no different and yachts on international voyages that enter Australia must arrive at a port of entry that is designated for the arrival of international yachts, unless permission is granted to arrive at another port in Australia.

Clearance options – Yachts remaining in Australia

For owners of yachts that remain in Australia (after breaking an international voyage) the following options may apply:

  • enter the yacht for what is called home consumption (not applicable for most international cruising yachts)
  • enter the yacht for warehousing (no duty or GST is paid)
  • make a temporary importation for a maximum stay of 12 months – extensions can be applied for at the end of 12 months
  • obtain a control permit (control permits are only available for pleasure craft that arrive under their own power) – also commonly referred to as a cruising permit for up to 12 months – no security required – extensions can be applied for at the end of 12 months

Duty and GST

Yachts being used for private pleasure purposes by an Owner that is not an Australian resident are not normally subject to assessment for duty and GST. For information on import declarations visit https://www.border.

Repair and Refit

An international yacht undergoing maintenance during its visit to Australia can be GST and Duty exempt for the goods and services that will be re-exported with the vessel when it departs Australia – a significant advantage when considering Australia as a destination for your yachts maintenance.

Quarantine Examination and Clearance

The Department of Agriculture conduct vessel inspections on arrival. Inspections will be conducted at the first port of arrival in Australia. More information can be found at


If required – not all visitors will require a visa – visas are valid for up to 12 months from the date of issue. Crew issued with a visa may enter Australia on multiple occasions during the 12 months validity of the visa, seek an extension, etc. Information on visa or immigration matters can be found at For other Customs and Border Protection matters visit

Fees and charges

Fees and Charges are not expensive and are in line with what yachts expect to pay. Don’t be misled by incorrect information, Australia is receptive to international cruising yachts. Costs can be identified well before you arrive so if in doubt, just ask.

The above is a guide only. In all instances compliance with Customs law is required to export, import, obtain clearances, obtain cruising approval and take delivery of yachts in Australia. We hope to see you DOWNUNDER; we believe you will enjoy the experience!