Australia Duty Free Concessions

Australian duty free allowances and concessions

 Duty Free Allowances AustraliaDuty-free concessions for travelling to Australia.
If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring up to A$900 worth of general goods into Australia duty-free.

A customs entry for Customs clearance may be required if the goods carried are valued over $A1000.

If you are under 18 years of age there is a A$450 limit (and NO … this does not include alcohol or tobacco)

General goods include gifts, souvenirs, cameras, electronic equipment, leather goods, perfume, jewellery, watches and sports equipment.
Laptop computers and other similar electronic equipment for personal use may also be brought in duty/tax free provided Customs is satisfied you are taking these goods with you on departure.

If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring 2.25 litres of alcohol duty-free into Australia with you. All alcohol in accompanied baggage is included in this category, regardless of where or how it was purchased.

From September 1st 2012 and if you are aged 18 years or over you can only bring 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products.

Families travelling together can pool their duty-free concessions and allowances.

Most personal items such as new clothing, footwear, and articles for personal hygiene and grooming (excluding fur and perfume concentrates) may be brought into Australia in your accompanied baggage, free from duty and tax.

Personal goods are free from duty and tax if they have been owned and used by you overseas for 12 months or more. For other goods, limits apply. These include goods that are purchased overseas and goods that are purchased in Australia duty or tax free (that have been previously exported), or from an inwards duty free shop on arrival into Australia.

Be aware that if you exceed Australia’s duty-free concession limits you 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. If you have anything in excess of your duty free concession, declare the goods and provide proof of purchase to Customs for calculation of any duty and tax to be paid.

Failure to declare goods in excess of your duty free allowance or concession could result in fines or confiscation. For those wanting to check in advance you can call +61 2 6275 6666 or email

Customs rules only permit duty and excise and tax free sales to travellers undertaking international journeys.

Passengers joining international cruise ships only to travel between Australian ports (i.e. domestic passengers) are not entitled to duty free benefits or concessions.

Customs recognises that while on board domestic passengers may need to purchase items for personal use such as toiletries and film, and these are sold free of duty. Also, domestic passengers may purchase both tobacco and alcohol free of duty but these must be used whilst onboard only.