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
Brisbane’s Airport has recently been recognised as the world’s most efficient and customer-focused privatised airport by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It is located approximately 20 minutes’ drive (13 km) from Brisbane’s CBD.
ConXion Airport Transfers offer one way or return ‘door-to-door’ coach services from the Airport to/from Brisbane city. For more information look at the ‘Bus’ section here.
The Airtrain operates from 0500 to 2100 hours 7 days a week; they depart every 15 minutes during peak hours and it takes approximately 22 minutes from the airport to the Brisbane CBD and South Brisbane station.
Stations are conveniently located near most CBD accommodation and attractions.
For online bookings visit www.airtrain.com.au
All Brisbane taxis have standard taxi meters.
A few recommended taxi numbers are:
Black and White Cabs: 131 008
Yellow Cab: 131 924
You can request a ride from Uber from either the Domestic or the International terminal of Brisbane Airport. Just request your Uber once you have exited the terminal, and your driver will meet you at the pick–up area. A typical UberX (low cost ride) to Brisbane’s CBD costs A$30 – 38 and a typical UberBLACK ride (premium ride) to Brisbane’s central business district costs A$43-56. For more information on Uber please see here.
Most Brisbane hotels provide coach transfers to and from the airport. Just ask the hotel representative when making your reservation.
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
September is the first month of Spring in Australia. Spring sees weather warm up with average temperatures between 14°C - 22°C. Rainfall is low but evenings can be quite brisk as temperatures drop quickly.
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 Brisbane are open from 9.00 to 17.30 hours during the week with late night shopping on Friday.
On Saturdays and Sundays most shops are open from 9.00 to 16.00 hours.
Brisbane 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 2019 Meeting Managers
Arinex Pty Ltd
Level 10, 51 Druitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Ph +61 2 9265 0700
Fax +61 2 9267 5443