Complying with your obligations

Includes information on how to comply with your obligations.

Moving goods through the border

There are many detection programmes in place to ensure the integrity of Australia’s border. The Department uses detector dogs and technology at the border such as Cargo Examination Facilities to aid in the detection and identification of illicit goods entering and departing Australia.

For visa holders

As a visa holder, you must comply with the conditions attached to your visa. Some Australian visas do not allow holders to work while in Australia. Other visas, such as working holiday and student visas, only allow holders to undertake a limited amount or type of work. People found to be working in breach of their visa conditions may have their visa cancelled.

Use our free online service, Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) to check your visa details and conditions or check your visa grant letter.

You must also continue to satisfy character requirements as a visa holder in Australia. You need to tell the Department if you have any criminal convictions inside or outside of Australia. If you have failed to provide this information your visa may be cancelled.

You should also be aware of the date your visa ceases. Visa holders are expected to either leave Australia or make an application for a new visa before their visa ceases so they remain lawful.

If your visa ceases while you are in Australia, and you have not applied for another visa, you will become an unlawful non-citizen. If this happens, you should approach the Department immediately. For more information, see our expired visas page.

The Australian Border Force conducts compliance activity in the community to support the integrity of Australia’s migration programme. Unlawful non-citizens located in the community may be detained and removed from Australia.

Immigration detention

Information about immigration detention facilities, including visiting a facility, is available at About immigration detention.

For employers of visa holders

Employers face fines and criminal charges if they engage illegal workers. For more information, see our employing legal workers page.

For Australian citizens

As an Australian citizen, the privileges, freedoms and benefits of living in Australia are balanced by responsibilities. For information about your responsibilities as an Australian citizen, please refer to responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship.

The government is concerned about Australians who travel to conflict zones and return to Australia with skills and intentions acquired from fighting or training with terrorist groups. It is an offence for a person to intentionally enter in or remain in an area in a foreign country which has been declared by the Minister for Foreign Affairs as an area where a listed terrorist organisation is engaging in a hostile activity. For more information see Declared area offence.

Other obligations you need to comply with

For changes to legislation and other compliance updates visit the obligations when importing and exporting goods page.