General Information

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 Brisbane

Brisbane Airport is serviced by several international airlines. Click here to find out more.

There are also interstate coaches which arrive in the centre. Click here to read more.

You can also travel by train from Sydney. Click here for details.

On your arrival at Brisbane Airport

Please note that all food, plant and animal 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.
Delegates are required to make their own airport/hotel transfer arrangements.

Transport from the Brisbane Airport

Brisbane's main airport is located approximately 15-20 minute drive (13 km) from Brisbane CBD.

Airport transfers are readily available from the airport and there are regular train and bus services straight to the city. If you have any problems you can visit the Information Desk located in both the International and Domestic terminals for help with transfers.

Train
Airtrain offers convenient services between the Airport, Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. For the full Airtrain schedule and fare details please see www.airtrain.com.au

Bus
Con-x-ion Airport Transfers services all major accommodation places, door-to-door in Brisbane CBD. Phone: +61 7 5556 9888, Website: www.cxn.com.au

There are also local buses. Click here for more information.

Taxi
Taxi ranks are located at the northern end of Arrivals on Level 2 of the International Terminal and Located centrally in front of the Domestic Terminal. The fare to the Brisbane Convention Centre will be around $50. For more information please contact: Black & White Cabs, Phone: 133222, website: www.blackandwhitecabs.com.au or Yellow Cab, Phone: 131924, Website: www.yellowcab.com.au

Rental Cars

Avis Rent a Car is offering its corporate rates to Conference delegates. Just call your local Avis office and request a quote giving reference number AWD Z994400.

Accommodation

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

Climate

Brisbane has a subtropical climate with temperatures ranging between 20-29 C (68-84 F) in summer and 9-20 C (48-68 F) in winter.

Currency/Banking 

The currency used is the Australian dollar. Banking hours are usually 0900 -1600hrs, Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines are well spread throughout the city. 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 tick the appropriate box on the registration form. 

Dress 

Dress for all sessions is smart casual.

Electricity 

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

Good and Services 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. 

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 Brisbane is 10 hours ahead of GMT. Please note there is no Daylight Savings in Queensland.

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Story Bridge and city skyline. Photo by Paul Ewart, courtesy of Tourism Australia