With the excitement of studying abroad, it is sometimes hard to keep track of things and other smaller but more important details such as your travel and university documents.

Important Documents

Remember to scan and save your documents. You can also email a copy to yourself so you have both hard and soft copies available.

Keep all documents in a resealable folder in your carry-on baggage side pocket in case the immigration authorities in Australia need to see them. Remember that if a family member is coming with you, their documents must also be at hand.

Here is a list of documents you might need to keep ready.

  • A valid passport and student visa. Make several copies for later use.
  • At least 8 printed passport-size photos and soft copies. Passport-size photos are quite expensive in Australia, but you can make reprints easily at department stores such as Officeworks and BigW.
  • Letter of Offer from the university and a copy of your Offer Acceptance Form.
  • Original transcripts or examination results if you have a Provisional Offer
  • Your Confirmation of Enrolment from the university
  • A copy of your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). 
  • Receipts for any payments already made to the university.
  • Scholarship or sponsorship award letter if applicable.
  • Financial guarantor letter.
  • Brunei Smart identification Card (ID)
  • International Driver’s Permit and valid Brunei driving licence.
  • Proof of medical fitness such as immunization record, chest x-rays and medical results.
  • University Student Identification (ID) Number.
  • Accommodation address.
  • Student Travel insurance.
  • Contact details of a friend or person who will meet or pick you up at the airport.
  • 2 weeks worth of Australian currency for daily living expenses e.g. AUD$500 – AUD$1,000.
As a rule of thumb, it is important to travel light and only bring things that are necessary. The new semester in Australia starts between mid-February to early March, which is the end of summer in Australia. As such we have some checklists that may help new comers when packing.

Clothings, Shoes, and Bags

  • Bring enough clothing for warm and cool weather. Once settled there is plenty of time to shop for clothes.
  • Pack at least 2 pairs of baju kurong or cara melayu, complete with brooches,  headscarves, studs, songkok and sinjang. You will need these for functions, events and festivities.
  • Male gamis or female jubah of any colour
  • Enough socks and underwear.
  • Sneakers or walking shoes
  • Sport shoes
  • Dress shoes
  • Flip flops, thongs or sandals
  • Waterproof backpack

Religious Obligations

  • Al-Qur’an (preferabably with translation)
  • Buku Yasin and Tahlil
  • Sejadah/Prayer Mat
  • Qiblat Compass
  • Tasbih


  • Save some cash by bringing your stationery (highlighter, mechanical pencils, pens) from Brunei. Though there is more choice in Australia, stationery is cheaper in Brunei.
  • Pen drives, flash drives, and hard drives are cheaper in Australia when they are on offer.
  • Alternatively you can register for a free Dropbox account or anything similar.
  • Alternatively you may also opt for other cloud sharing facilities such as Google Skydrive.

Notebooks and Electronics


  • Laptops/Notebook with chargers

  • Camera with cords and charger

  • Power packs

  • USB adapters (Flat 2/3 pins)

  • It is better to place your laptop or notebook in your carry-on baggage. Airport security requires you to take your devices out of your carry-on baggage for security checks. Due to the long queues in most international airports, this may prove to be too much of a hassle for you.
  • Remove any lithium batteries from your gadgets and electrical items as these are prohibited.

Toiletries and Dental Items

  • Pack any toiletries containing liquids into you check-in baggage. It is also advisable not to pack any sharp objects such as scissors, swiss army knifes, nail clipper as hand-held luggage.
  • Perfumes are widely available and are relatively cheaper in Australia. Any perfume you plan to bring must not exceed more than 100ml put together.

It is preferable to get a travelers kit. They are small, easier to bring around and last about a week.
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouth wash

Kitchenware and Cutlery

  • Small rice cooker and kettle
  • Microwave-safe plate, mug and bowl
  • Fork, knife and spoon
  • Plastic containers (for leftovers and extra food)
  • Water bottle – preferably empty
  • Sponge and drying towel
  • Dishwashing detergent – in a very small bottle

Food Items

In general any restricted (including food) items must be declared upon arrival at the airport. Royal Brunei Airlines will provide you with a declaration card for use during customs clearance.

Pack all your food items into one bag, as you may be asked to show authorities what you are bringing into Australia. Make sure the items are labeled clearly and packed in air tight or non-spill containers. Here is a list of things worth packing.

  • Chili sauce
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Instant and cup noodles
  • 3-in-1 assorted drinks
  • Choice of seasonings, spices, prawn paste (belacan), tamarind paste, chilli paste (lada boh), etc.
  • Choice of cube stocks - beef, chicken, vegetarian, fish
  • Prepacked cooking bases and sauces - rendang, curries, soups, etc.
  • Dried prawns, anchovies (pusu), fish (ikan bebalah) – must be packed in clear plastic and labeled.


  • Australia is very particular about visitors bringing restricted and prohibited items into the country.
  • Please check the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service page at for more details. 
  • This page provides links that will help you find out more about what you can and cannot bring into Australia.


Any medication brought over must be prescribed by a certified doctor in Brunei. If you are on prescribed medication, ask your doctor if he can provide you with a three months supply of medicine. This will help ease your mind as you adapt to your new life and environment during the first few months.

Remember to also ask your doctor for a referral note and a prescription to the doctor who will be attending you in university. It takes time for the doctor to prepare this, so make sure you make an early request for the above.