Passport And Visa
All international visitors require a valid passport and visa for entry
into Australia (New Zealand visitors require a valid passport only). A
facility for electronically issuing visas, The Electronic Travel
Authority (ETA) system, is currently available through international
travel agents and airlines in over 30 countries including the US, UK, parts
of Western Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This system
also includes pre-clearance for entry which reduces the time needed to
process passengers on arrival. Your local Australian Embassy or
Consulate can advise of the availability. For non-ETA countries, visas
are issued from Australian Embassies and Consulates around the world.
In non-ETA countries, we recommend that you apply early for your visa.
Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.
Decimal currency is used in Australia (AUD) and currency units are dollars and cents. Australian notes are: $100, $50, $20, $10, $5. Coins are: $2, $1, 50, 20, 10, and 5 cents.
If you require disability specific facilities, please notify the secretariat by indicating on your registration form.
In the event of industrial disruptions, the Meeting Organisers and Hosts cannot be held responsible for any losses incurred by delegates. The program is correct at the time of printing, but the Meeting Organisers and Hosts reserve the right to alter the program if and as is deemed necessary.
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.
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.
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.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require an Invitation Letter to support your Visa application.
The Organising Committee and/or Meeting Organiser shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the Meeting. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.
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%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.
Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. NO service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.
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 Meeting 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.
c/- ICMS Pty Ltd, 82 Merivale Street, South Bank, Queensland 4101, Australia
Telephone: +61 7 3844 1138 , Facsimile: +61 7 3844 0909