General Information

Climate
Sydney has a subtropical climate, with the typical daytime temperatures in October ranging from 14 - 22 degrees Celsius.

Entry into Australia
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. Visit www.immi.gov.au for more information.

Booking your travel to Sydney
Sydney Airport is serviced by 91 international airlines. Click here to find out more.

On your arrival at Sydney Airport
Please note that all food, plant and animal related material (such as feathers, skins or bone) must be declared on arrival and will be checked by officials. If in doubt, declare it. The process is usually very efficient, but failure to declare prohibited goods leads to severe penalties.

Transport from Sydney airport
Public transport
Paper tickets are no longer available on public bus, train or ferry services anywhere in Sydney. To use these services, travellers must purchase and credit an Opal Card, the touch-on touch-off payment method.

Order your Opal Card here

Train Services
Sydney Airport is located just 13 minutes by train from the city. There are train stations located at both the International and Domestic terminals on the Airport Link line, for more information click here.

Bus Services
Sydney Buses operates a timetabled service, Route 400, between Bondi Junction and Burwood which stops at both the International (T1) and Domestic (T3) terminals. Clearly marked bus stops are located on the arrivals level outside each of these terminals. General information about fares, timetables and connections to other parts of Sydney is available at http://www.sydneybuses.info

Shuttle Services
For door to door transfers, accommodation, tours and attractions please go and see our new ground transport travel desks; desks are located at both T1 and T2 arrivals lounges. If you wish to pre-book your transfer before your arrival into Sydney please go to the Redy2Go website.

Taxi Services
Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank with supervisors on hand during peak times to ensure a smooth flow of taxis for travellers.
Kerbside supervisors can also organise taxis with baby capsules, wheelchair access, five-seaters and maxi taxis for larger groups or station wagons for large amounts of baggage.

Taxi rank locations

Car Rental
We encourage you to take advantage of corporate rates through Avis Rent a Car. Just call the local Avis office on +61 8 8410 5727 and quote the booking reference number: AWD Z994400.
Click here for useful information about driving in Victoria and here to access the route planner.

Accommodation
If you need to change your reservation, please advise The Conference Company rather than the hotel direct: email sleep@theconferencecompany.com

Currency / banking
The currency used is the australian dollar. Banking hours are usually 0930 -1600hrs, Monday to Friday. Automatic teller machines are well spread throughout Sydney's business district. International credit cards are accepted throughout the country banks, most hotels and city stores.

Disclosure of registration information
If you do not wish your details to be provided to sponsors or other delegates, please select the appropriate option on the registration form.

Dress
Dress for all scientific sessions is smart casual. 

Electricity
Australia uses a 240 volt 50 cycle system with 3 pin flat plugs.

Goods and Service Tax
Goods and Services in Australia are subject to a 10% tax (GST). This tax is usually included in the price and if not, it is clearly stated. The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables travellers to claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) paid on some goods bought in Australia. Visit the Australian Customs website for details about what you can claim and how.

Insurance
It is strongly recommended that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover the duration of your visit to Australia.

Name badges
Name badges will be given to all delegates on registration. We ask that you wear your badge at all times, including social functions. Entry tickets will be given for all social and optional events.

Venue Parking
There are many carparks in the Darling Harbour area near to the Sydney International Convention Centre. Further information on parking and applicable charges can be found here.

Public transport in Sydney
Sydney has an excellent public transport network which offers a cost-efficient way to travel in the city. Click here to access a journey planner.

Click here to view how to get to the Sydney International Convention Centre by train, bus and car.

Smartphone apps
There are many apps which will allow you to make the most of your trip to Sydney and Victoria. Click here to view Sydney apps and here to view Victoria apps.

Special requirements
Every effort will be made to ensure delegates with special needs are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance, or catering please give details required on your registration form.

Time
The time zone for Sydney is 11 hours ahead of GMT.

Visitor information centres
Visitor information centres are staffed by friendly and professional people with extensive local knowledge. Click here to find out more.

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