International Travel Information

VISAS

Unless you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you’ll need a visa to enter the country for your event. For the most up-to-date information about how to apply for a visa before arriving in Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.

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INCOMING PASSENGER CARDS

You’ll probably need to complete and present a passenger card when you enter and leave Australia. Your airline crew will give you this card to complete before you land.

VACCINATIONS

Australia is a clean, green nation, and free of many common diseases. You don’t need any specific vaccinations to enter Australia, but if you’re travelling from a yellow fever-infected country, you will need to present a yellow fever certificate.

QUARANTINE

Australia is an island that is protected from a number of diseases. To keep it this way, our quarantine process is extremely strict. Bags can be x-rayed, searched and checked by sniffer dogs. You will be given a list of what you can and can’t bring into the country.

CURRENCY

Australian money comes in both notes and coins. The notes are: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. The coins are: 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and $1 and $2. You’ll find currency exchange facilities at the international airport, throughout the city centre, and at most banks and Australia Post offices.

CREDIT CARDS AND ATMS

All major credit cards (including Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are widely accepted in Australia. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available throughout the city and accept most common cards.

AUSTRALIA GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST)

A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% is included in the ticketed purchase price of almost all consumer goods and services in Australia. If you have any questions relating to the GST, please contact the Australian Tax Office directly.

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TAX-FREE SHOPPING

Sydney International Airport offers international visitors duty-free shopping for a large range of luxury brands. You may also be eligible for a refund of the GST paid on goods you purchase during your time in Sydney. Find out more about applying for the Tourist Refund Scheme.

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TIPPING

Sydney doesn’t operate on a tipping culture. You may tip to show your appreciation for good service, but it’s not a requirement anywhere. As a guide, a tip of 10% in restaurants and taxis would be an indication that you were very happy with the service you received.

CLIMATE

Sydney enjoys a pleasant and temperate year-round climate, with more than 340 sunny days a year! To pack appropriately, we recommend you learn more about local forecasts in the area you’re planning to visit.

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TIME ZONES

Sydney is one of the first cities to wake up each day. We’re 10-11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), depending on the time of year.

For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight, before the Conference commences. Travellers flying westward across the Pacific Ocean are reminded that they will lose a day by crossing the International Date Line. The ‘lost day’ will be returned on the return journey.

LANGUAGES

English is Australia’s official language. But Sydney is one of the world’s most multicultural cities, with more than 1.2 million residents who speak a different language at home. So you’re sure to find someone who speaks your ‘lingo’ (that’s Australian for language).

ELECTRICITY

In Sydney, and throughout Australia, the electrical supply is 240 volts, 50Hz. International adaptors are readily available at chemists (drug stores) and electrical supply stores. Most hotels provide 110-volt outlets for shavers.

DISABLED FACILITIES

If you require disability specific facilities, please notify the secretariat by indicating on your registration form.

HEALTH

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.

INSURANCE

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.

DISCLAIMER

In the event of industrial disruptions, the Organisers and Hosts cannot be held responsible for any losses incurred by delegates. The programme is correct at the time of printing, but the Organisers and Hosts reserve the right to alter the programme if and as is deemed necessary.

LIABILITY

The Organising Committee and/or Conference Organiser shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the Conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.