Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%.
Banks in Australia are open from 09:30 – 16:00 Monday to Thursday and from 09:30 – 17:00 on Fridays. Most banks are closed weekends and public holidays. Automatic Teller Machines are open 24 hours and are located throughout the city and surrounds. Facilities for exchange of currency are available at the airport, larger hotels and banks.
Credit cards are widely accepted. Commonly recognised cards include Visa, MasterCard, American Express. Only these cards are accepted by the Conference.
As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and cool winters. Melbourne is an excellent place to see the seasons change. In summer, many people head out to visit the golden beaches. In autumn, they experience the glorious foliage in the many European-style parks that fringe the central business district. In winter, Melburnians enjoy the warmth of cozy cafés and bars. We would suggest that you pack a warm coat for your trip to Melbourne.
Summer (December–February): warm to hot
Autumn (March–May): mild
Winter (June–August): cool to brisk
Spring (September–November): cool to mild
The electrical supply is 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug. Most city hotels provide 110 volts for shavers.
Cars can be rented in Australia from local or international companies. Average cost per day for a medium sized car is AUD70.00. All cars are right- hand drive.
You can buy a myki Visitor Pack from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station. Using myki is simple and gives you the flexibility to travel on trains, trams and buses all around Melbourne and on public transport in some regional centres.
When travelling on public transport you must always have a valid ticket and show it on request. If you do not have a valid ticket you may receive a fine.
Tram 112 runs along Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. It can be caught along Collins Street in the City Centre. The tram runs between Fitzroy Street in St Kilda and West Preston in the northern suburbs.
Tram 86 runs along Gertrude Street (the main east-west thoroughfare in the area) and Smith Street. In the City Centre, it can be caught along Bourke Street. The two end stations for this line are the Telstra Dome in the Docklands, and RMIT Bundoora campus.
Tram 96 does not bring you into the heart of Fitzroy but runs along Nicholson Street, the weastern border of the suburb. It is useful for the Nunnery backpackers. In the City Centre, catch it along Bourke Street. The tram runs between St Kilda and West Brunswick.
If you require disability specific facilities, please notify the Congress Organiser by indicating on your registration form.
Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever-infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.
No Smoking Policy
Delegates should be aware that smoking is banned in public buildings and many hotels and restaurants throughout Australia, including the Congress venue.
It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.
In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the Congress Organisers accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delegates. The Congress Organisers accept no liability for injuries/losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor for loss or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings.
In the event of any travel disruptions, the Congress Organiser will not be held responsible for any losses incurred by delegates at or en route to or from the Congress.
The program is correct at the time of printing, but the Congress Organiser reserve the right to alter the program as necessary.