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Perth (Australia) - Registration, Permits, and Other Documentation

When it comes to visa matters, Australia practices a uniform nation-wide policy, meaning, the visa requirements to enter and reside in any state or city in Australia is the same. Hence, refer to the same section as listed out in Expat Focus' Country Guide on Australia, as well as in the City Guides, Melbourne and Sydney.

One point to note about the policies regarding Australian residency visas is that policies can change, and they do change pretty significantly. Important changes are highlighted in the Australian Immigration Website at In particular, there has been some controversy over the 457 Visa, officially known as the Employer-Sponsored Workers Visa, a temporary Business long stay visa which Australian and overseas employers apply for to sponsor employees to work in Australia for periods of between 3 months and 4 years. A significant number of expatriates work and live in Australia on this Visa.

The Australian customs (quarantine) is well-known for its restrictions. Even if you are moving from the eastern States to Perth, there will be stringent checks on what you bring over. There are a number of unusual restrictions, for example, woolpacks, products containing CFCs, incandescent lamps, ceramic wares, and so on. Do check with their website at for a full and updated list of prohibited and restricted items. This applies to both cargo sent in by relocation companies, as well as hand or check-in luggage carried by yourself while going through customs at entry points into Perth.

Each "neighbourhood" or region in Perth is administered by a council. For instance, the City Of Perth is administered by the City Of Perth council. The City Of Perth Council House is located on the Ground Floor, 27 St Georges Terrace. The local council is responsible for day-to-day matters such as waste collection, and handles complaints from residents regarding pollution, graffiti, or noise. All dogs over the age of 3 months must be registered with the local council. Local councils also manage recreational and cultural facilities such as parks, swimming pools, museums and libraries. All residents pay rates to the local council in which they live in. A complete listing of the local councils in Western Australia and links to their websites are available at

Births, deaths and marriages are registered at the WA Births, Deaths & Marriages Registry. The office is located at Level 10, Westralia Square, 141 St Georges Terrace, PERTH WA 6000. Tel : 1300 305 021.

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