Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Meeting and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Meeting, or through cancellation of the Meeting, loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia, failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason, medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The Meeting Managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.
AIRPORT & TRANSPORT
The airport is located 23km from the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.
Melbourne Taxis are a convenient way to get from the airport to your destination. You can catch a taxi from designated taxi ranks. Taxi ranks are located on the ground floor outside Terminals 1 and between Terminal 2 and 3 and on the ground floor of the transport hub outside Terminal 4.
For information on how to request Uber at Melbourne Airport visit www.uber.com/airports/mel/
For further information regarding Melbourne Taxis, including fares and surcharges, please visit taxi.vic.gov.au/fares.
The SkyBus offers two express bus services:
° Airport to/from Melbourne city, which operates 24/7, including all public holidays, running every 10minutes.
° Airport to/from St Kilda – operates 6am to 7pm, 7 days a week.
The public bus stop at Melbourne Airport is located at the transport hub in the Terminal T4 Car Park. Passengers travelling to and from the city can take the train to Broadmeadows Station and board the high-frequency SmartBus Route 901.
To travel on public transport in Melbourne, you must have a myki. First time myki users arriving at the Airport can purchase a myki Visitor Pack from the Skybus counter outside terminals 1 or 3. Alternatively you can purchase and top up a myki on board the bus.
For more information visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/airport-buses/
BANKING & CURRENCY
Banks generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours Monday – Friday. Some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings. Banks generally open from 09:30 – 16:00 hours Monday – Friday. Some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings. ATM’s are plentiful throughout the city and several international banks have offices in the CBD.
Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = $1) Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10, and $5. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations. Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club.
Most businesses operate Monday-Friday, 0900 – 1700. Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are widely available at banks, along main shopping streets and in malls.
International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded. Check with your bank before leaving home.
CLIMATE & CLOTHING
August is the last month of Winter in Melbourne, Australia.
The average maximum temperature is 16°C and the average minimum temperature is 5°C.
For more information on average temperatures, rainfall and lots of other great information about Victorian destinations, visit www.visitvictoria.com
Generally Australians are informal dressers. We suggest you bring a jacket and tie with you for special occasions. A light jacket is recommended for evenings.
Please refer to the information on the social program for dress at social functions organised as part of the meeting, as some of these may require formal evening dress.
If you are travelling from a country outside of Australia, please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at the arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.
Australia's electricity supply runs at 230/240 volts, and we use angled two or three pin plugs.
The official language for the Meeting is English.
The Meeting Managers, Arinex Pty Ltd, are based in Australia. Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 in 2001. The Meeting Managers comply with such legislation which is designed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information. Information collected in respect of proposed participation in any aspect of the Meeting will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Meeting and may also be provided to the organising body or to organisers of future events. It is also usual to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Meeting and to include the individual’s details in such a list. Consent for publication of the individual’s information may be withheld when completing the Registration Form for the Meeting. Individuals are also entitled to access the information held by written application to the Meeting Managers.
Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants, which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted. For more information see the ‘Information for International Travellers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website, which you can access by visiting the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Shops in Melbourne are open from 0900 to 1730 hours during the week with late night shopping on Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays most shops are open from 0900 to 1600 hours.
Melbourne is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
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 per cent is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE MEETING MANAGERS
ADS 2017 Meeting Managers
Arinex Pty Ltd
Level 10, 51 Druitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Ph +61 2 9265 0700
Fax +61 2 9267 5443