Myself and a friend are flying into Sydney in early July after spending 3 weeks in Thailand, I am going with limited funds and working asap in Aus so will start off with just over £2000 before leaving the UK. I am just wondering if just a bank statement from 3 weeks prior is enough to prove my funds when I reach Australia?
I assume that should be absolute fine in the very rare case that they'd inquire about it, but in the 2+ years that I've seen questions on this topic come by here at travellerspoint, no one has ever said that they had been asked for proof of funds (I know this from personal experience as well). The requirement is there to prepare people to the fact that they'll really need at least that much money, but it's never checked.
Yup, never heard of anyone needing to prove it either, except me trying to get a US visa, but thats a whole other story!!
Never say they won't ask questions. Basically what it amounts to is when you arrive they will probably ask you at Customs where you intend staying in Australia and that is usually a requirement anyway on the entry immigration form you fill in on the plane before landing. That is to ensure you at least have accomodation and or where you can be contacted initially. They may and I stress may ask how you intend to live in Australia i.e are you going to work, do you have enough money to get by with. A bank statement as such is probably a reasonable explanation but not really what they want. If you can tell them and or show them you are carrying ex amount of pounds/ euros or Australian dollars they are better equipped to know your financial status. none of this is meant to scare you but just to equip you in case. Hope it helps.
from my personal experience, I arrived about a month ago in Melbourne with a one way ticket and a tourist visa (ETA done online). They asked some questions, I told them I was just touring around and then flying off to Asia but I hadn't booked the ticket yet. They then asked how much money I had and I told them I have x funds available in the bank and they didn't ask for any proof of that (while it was accurate). That was it, welcome to Australia.
Thanks guys...all this has helped. I'll take proof just incase but now know that a bank statement should be fine. Aus here i come!!