It is easy for a traveller to find out which goods are prohibited for entry into Australia. As the practice in other countries, upon entering Australia, a card is issued identifying which products are not allowed into Australia, e.g. plants (living or dead), marine products, animal products, fruit, vegetables, ammunition, prohibited medication, narcotics, and drugs. The list also includes endangered animals, fur products, anabolic, certain antibiotics, kava (from certain cultures), firearms, explosives, and pornography and other objectionable material.
The last item includes publications, films, and any other goods that describe, depict, express or otherwise deal with maters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence, terrorist acts or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults. This includes computer games which are unsuitable for a person under l8 to see or play.
The offence becomes more exacerbated where the material depicts child pornography. The courts lean more heavily in dealing with offenders whose offence relates to child pornography. The inclusion of illegal pornography as a prohibited good started about 3 years ago.
The law prohibits pornographic materials in CD and DVD form.
Child pornography is a very serious offence in Australia, and can carry penalty of up to l0 years’ imprisonment and/or $275,000.00 fine.
In 2011, a Perth man was sentenced to l8 months in jail for one count of bringing child pornography materials.
The Philippine government has been vigilant in warning OFWs about the danger of bring child pornography material to Australia.
4. HOW TO AVOID THIS PITFALL
When travelling to Australia, you should be aware of the laws of this country. It is easy to find out what are prohibited goods. There is plenty of published material regarding what is allowed/not allowed into Australia. As a traveller on any type of visa, the rules are the same. Most countries in the world share the same views on prohibited goods. In Australia however, on account of growing concern over child pornography, the law was passed to make the rules tighter, and to penalise offenders severely.
The general rule is if you are not sure, do not bring it.
A criminal conviction will jeopardise your chances of working in Australia, or living in Australia. A conviction will disqualify you from residing in Australia as you will be deemed a person who is not of good character, and thus fail the character test for migration or for temporary work in Australia.