General Information

Accommodation

Our Accommodation and Housing specialists have secured rooms at a selection of hotels with flexible terms and conditions exclusively for attendees of the Congress. Book early to secure your room and let our dedicated accommodation team look after you whilst taking advantage of the following:

  • Specially negotiated rates
  • Flexibility to change or cancel your booking at any time up to 30 working days prior to congress start date
  • One night’s room rate deposit is all you pay to secure your booking – no full pre-payment needed.  Full pre-payment may be made if you prefer.
  • Your deposit is fully refundable up to 30 working days prior to Congress start date

Please click here for further information.

Airlines

Flights to and around Australia

Many airlines fly to Australia and prices vary considerably, so it pays to shop around for a flight. Consider the length of the flight and any mandatory stopovers. Start with flight search websites, the major airlines or your local Australian specialist travel agent. Australia’s international airports include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Cairns, Adelaide and Brisbane. Click here to view the average flights per week to Australia.

Once here, flying is the quickest way to cover Australia’s vast distances. Australia’s domestic airlines – including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger Airways and Rex – serve all state capital cities and many regional centres. Find out more about getting around Australia here.

Because of time change and jet lag the Organizing Committee suggests you consider arriving in Australia a number of days prior to the Congress opening. This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Congress.

Airport Transfers

Sydney’s central business district is 10km north of the International Airport and takes approximately 20 minutes to reach by car. A taxi costs approximately AUD$50. A regular airport to city bus service operates from approximately 0600 to 2100 hours (not recommended for those with  large amounts of luggage). Any queries please see the Travellers Information Desk at the Airport.

Taxi
A taxi fare from Sydney Airport to Sydney CBD is approximately A$50.  If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay in Sydney, here are the contact details of the main taxi companies:

Taxis Combined- Phone: 13 33 00. Website: www.taxiscombined.com.au
Legion Cabs- Phone: 13 14 51. Website: www.legioncabs.com.au
Premier Cabs- Phone: 13 10 17. Website: www.premiercabs.com.au
Silver Service- Phone: 13 31 00. Website: www.silverservice.com.au

You can request a ride from Uber from either the Domestic or the International terminal of Sydney 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 Sydney’s CBD costs A$43 – 55 and a typical UberBLACK ride (premium ride) to Sydney’s central business district costs A$89-114. For more information on Uber please see here.

Trains
There is a train station located at both the Domestic and International Terminals at Sydney Airport. Trains run on average every 10 minutes during the day on a weekday and every 15 minutes on weekends. From the Domestic Terminal, it takes 15 minutes to reach Central Station and 20 minutes to reach Circular Quay. From the International Terminal it takes just a few minutes longer. Lifts are available at both the International and Domestic Terminals for easy transfer of luggage. Fares from Sydney Airport terminals to the CBD are approximately A$17per adult for a single journey.

For more information on departures and prices please visit here.

Rental Cars
Quality rental car providers, including Hertz, Avis and Europcar, can also be found at international and domestic airports.

Hotel Pick Up
Some hotels offer a free pick-up/drop-off service when you book your accommodation.

Banking and Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = A$1). Notes come in A$100, A$50, A$20, A$10 and A$5 denominations.  Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, A$1 and A$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 and American Express.

Business Hours

Banks and post offices generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours Monday to Friday.  Business office hours are 0900 – 1700 hours Monday to Friday.  Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours in many locations.

Climate and Clothing

Australia’s climate varies widely across the continent. There are four seasons in most of the country, and a wet and dry season in the tropical north. Our seasons are the opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere.

September to November is Spring in Australia with temperatures ranging from 11-24 ºC (52-75 ºF) in Sydney.
It is important to protect yourself from the Australian sun with a hat, shirt and SPF30+ sunscreen.

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 page for dress at social functions organised as part of the Congress, as some of these may require formal evening dress.

Eating Out

Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor.  Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying.  At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer.  These are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”.

Electricity

Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz.  The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor.  If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch.  If not, you will need a voltage converter.  Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

Goods and services tax (GST) / Tourist refund scheme (TRS)

All prices quoted in this brochure are inclusive of 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax), unless otherwise specified.  GST applies to most goods and services in Australia.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) is administered by the Australian Customs Department and enables travelers departing from Australia to claim a refund of the GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia.  For detailed information on the TRS visit the website of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services of the Australian Government.

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Congress 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 Congress or through cancellation of the Congress,
  • 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,
  • Medical expenses.

The Conference Organizers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Language

The official and most widely spoken language in Australia is English, and is also the official language for the Congress.

Medications

Medicine brought into Australia for personal use is subject to controls and must be declared on arrival. It is recommended you bring a prescription or letter from your doctor outlining your medical condition and the medicine you are carrying. For more detailed information go to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Parking

The International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney operates two 24 hour car parking stations with a total of 826 parking spaces including 12 disabled parking bays, 25 motorcycle parking spaces, 50 bicycle racks and 20 electric car charge spaces.

Address: 14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000

ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre Car Park (Car Park 1) is open.
ICC Sydney Theatre Car Park (Car Park 2) is only open on event days in ICC Sydney Theatre.

Parking Rates:
0 – 1 hour: AUD$18.00
1 – 2 hour: AUD$30.00
2 – 3 hour: AUD$38.00
3 – 4 hour: AUD$44.00
4+ hour: AUD$49.00
Night Rate: AUD$28.00

Please click here for Car Park Terms and Conditions.

Passport and Immigration (VISA)

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.  Welcome letters can be requested by emailing the Conference Organizers following completion of Congress registration.  For VISA information please download the following information factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.

VISA FACTSHEET

Please Note – it is strongly recommended that Australian visa applications are lodged at least two months prior to departure from your point of origin.

Photography

The Congress Hosts and Congress Managers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the event.  The images may be used for post-Congress reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested.  If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform the photographer and move out of camera range.

Privacy

Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 in 2001. The latest updates were published in 2014.  The Conference Organizers 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 Congress will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Congress and may also be provided to the organizing body or to organizers of future events.  Information may also be used for advice of future congresses in a related area.  See here for more information on Privacy Laws in Australia.

It is also usual to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Congress 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 Congress.  Individuals are also entitled to access the information held by written application to the Conference Organizers.

Quarantine

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 Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.

Shopping

Sydney shops open from 0900 to 1730 hours during the week with late night shopping on Thursday until 2100 hours.  On Saturday, most CBD shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours.  On Sunday, Darling Harbour shops and major department stores in the centre of the city are open from 1000 to 1800 hours

Tipping

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world.  Tipping is at your prerogative; a reward for service. A gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received.  Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

Tours

The AIPPI 2017 Sydney Conference Organizers have arranged an eclectic range of Pre and Post Tours and Congress Excursions exclusively for AIPPI 2017 delegates. 

For more information, please visit the Excursions and Accompanying Persons Tours page or the Pre and Post Tours Congress page.

Timezone

Australia is divided into three time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).
AEST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 10 hours (UTC +10).
ACST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 9.5 hours (UTC+9.5).
AWST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 8 hours (UTC +8).

Sydney is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.  Sydney, New South Wales, practices Daylight Saving Time.  Daylight Saving Time advances the clock one hour during the summer months and usually commences at 2am on the first Sunday in October and ends at 2am on the first Sunday in April each year.  During Daylight Savings Time, Sydney is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean time.

Vaccination

There is no vaccination required for entering Australia.  However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country but do not hold a vaccination certificate you will receive a Yellow Fever Action Card for further information.  More information can be found on the Department of Health of the Australian Government website.

For further information regarding the AIPPI 2017 Congress, please click here.