6 Crucial Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas in 2023

If you are spending your holiday in Australia, you must know a few things to have a fun, peaceful, and safe holiday.

Must-known tips to drink safely for the Holiday season!

Tip 1: The legal amount of alcohol consumption varies by your license.

The legal limit for the amount of alcohol you can have in Australia depends on your license.

You are not allowed to drink if you are a learner, a provisional driver, or any of the following:
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Tip 2: Standard drink is only a guide and is not 100% accurate in determining your BAC level.

One standard drink will normally result in a BAC of about 0.01% to 0.02%.

However, you should not rely on it as a BAC varies by gender, age, height, weight, liver function, and recent consumption of food.

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Must-known tips to travel smartly during the holiday season!

Tip 3:  Ensure your former partner agrees to the arrangement for children

Review your court order or parenting plan carefully to ensure your travel plans comply with the existing arrangements.

If you do not have a court order or a parenting plan, you will need to seek written consent from the other parent for taking the child overseas.

If you have any questions regarding overseas travel with your child, contact us as soon as possible and we will protect both your rights and the child’s best interests.

Tip 4: Ask for help from the right people when you are overseas!

If you are holding an Australian passport and are affected by unforeseen incidents overseas, you should enquire and contact the Consular services provided by the Australian Government. 

If you are a Permanent/ Temporary Resident in Australia and are affected by unforeseen incidents overseas, you should enquire and contact Consular services provided by the government of your nationality.

If you are unsure about the nature of your incident and who to contact, you can always inquire at the Australian government website.

Tip 5: Do not bring these items back to Australia! Declare if you are required to!

We strongly advise you to browse the government website to confirm whether the items you want to bring back to Australia are categorised to be prohibited goods.

If you import prohibited goods, without the relevant written permission or license, your goods may be seized and destroyed. You could also face penalties of up to $525,000 and you could be sentenced to up to 10 years imprisonment.

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Tip 6: Do not bring non-prescribed medicine to Australia

Some drugs that are legal in other countries are illegal in Australia, and vice versa.

Before bringing any medicine into Australia, verify its legality using the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website or by contacting the TGA directly.

The TGA permits bringing a three-month supply of prescription medicine and a two-month supply of over-the-counter medicine for personal use.

Possessing illegal medicine in Australia can lead to severe consequences, including arrest, drug trafficking charges, and a prison sentence of up to 25 years.

Canaan Lawyers will be closed from 23 December 2023 and will re-open on Monday 8 January 2024 at 9am.

If you require our urgent attention during this holiday closure, please contact us by filling in the enquiry form! We will get in touch with you as soon as possible.