Plan Early

Give yourself about 4 weeks to plan. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right Australian-based professional for your deposition.

Depo Venue

Depositions in Australia can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Local Court Reporters

We have local court reporters in Australia, which means little to no travel costs for you.

Visa Requirements

Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Airlines and many travel agents in the United States are also able to apply for ETAs on behalf of travelers.

Hague Evidence Convention

Australia is a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Useful Links

U.S. State Department
Australia Travel Page
Blog article
Depositions in Australia
U.S. Embassy
U.S. Embassy in Canberra

Want more information on how to schedule a deposition in Australia? Download our 6-page PDF guide to depositions in Australia.

Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in Australia.

How to set up a deposition in Australia

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Australia.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: Australia

Wanted: Local Court Reporter in Melbourne

Challenge
A law firm in San Diego needs to arrange a multi-day deposition in Melbourne and their client doesn't have the budget to fly a reporter in from another country.
Solution
Not a problem! We have excellent local court reporters in Melbourne that are well-versed in taking U.S. depositions. We handled the deposition from start to finish and delivered the transcript and video on-time, with no travel charges. That's one satisfied client.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

International Deposition Tips: Depos in Australia

In this segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris, Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, walks you through the legalities for setting up a U.S. deposition in Australia. If you are a lawyer, paralegal, or legal professional looking to organize a deposition in Australia, you will want to watch this video.

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.

First Step to Setting Up a Depo Outside the U.S

We are very excited to unveil our first video from our brand new video series, International Deposition Tips. The entire Optima Juris team will be sharing insider tips, advice, guides, and information about international depositions in these quick and easy-to-view videos. First up we have Optima Juris CEO, Ian Hardy, explaining the first step to setting up a deposition outside the U.S.

Essential international travel information for Australia

Currency

Australia uses the Australian Dollar. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).

Weather

For the latest weather information in cities throughout Australia visit weather.com.

General tipping

At restaurants 10–15% is customary. At hotels $1 per bag and $1–$5 per day to the housekeeper. $5 for cabdrivers and $25–$50 per day for a private driver.

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Australia here: timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Australia. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Australia country page or contact the Australian Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Adelaide Airport, ADL
Brisbane Airport, BNE
Cairns Airport, CNS
Gold Coast Airport, OOL
Melbourne Airport, MEL
Perth Airport, PER
Sydney Airport, SYD

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