General Information

Airport Transfers

Brisbane’s International and Domestic Airports has been recently 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.

Whether you are an international or interstate visitor, there is a large range of accessible, reliable and cheap transportation options, including shuttle buses, Airtrain, taxis, car rental and hotel transfers to and from the CBD.  Handy parking is also situated at both the International and Domestic Terminals with various parking options to suit your travel plans.

Delegates attending ASP 2016 have access to an exclusive Airtrain discount. Simply click here to download the discount letter and present it to the ticketing attending when purchasing your Airtrain ticket.

For more information about the Brisbane Airtrain Service visit www.airtrain.com.au.

Shuttle Buses

If leaving from Brisbane Airport, buses depart every 30 minutes from 5.30am to 11.00pm.  All bus services meet flight departure and arrival times so you’ll always be on time.  If you miss one, wait just half an hour for the next service.  Services from Brisbane City operate daily every 30 minutes from 5.00am to 9.00pm from Roma Street Transit Centre and door to door of all CBD hotels.

The cost is $9.00 per person to and from Roma Street Transit Centre and $11.00 per person to and from CBD Hotels.  For information call Coachtrans on (07) 3238 4700 or visit www.brisbaneairport.com.au for more information.

Taxi

For service with that personal touch, wait for one of Brisbane’s friendly and reliable taxi drivers to transfer you to your hotel.  At Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal, taxi ranks are located at both the Qantas and Virgin Blue ends of the terminal.  As for the International Terminal taxi ranks are available on Arrivals Level 2.

All Brisbane taxis have standard taxi meters so you won’t have to worry about being stung by overpriced fares.  Keep in mind that a fare to Brisbane CBD is approximately $30 plus a $2 fee for departing taxis only. Taxi numbers are below:

  • Black and White Cabs: 131 008
  • Yellow Cab: 131 924

Hotel transfers

Most Brisbane hotels provide coach transfers to and from the airport.  Just ask the hotel representative when making your reservation.  All you need is your flight itinerary; it’s that easy!

Important note: International and interstate visitors should allow approximately 20-30 minutes for processing through customs.  In peak periods waiting times may increase slightly.

Banking and Currency

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.

Business Hours

Banks and post offices generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours from Monday to Friday.  Business office hours are 0900 – 1700 hours from Monday to Friday.

Climate and Clothing

Spring (Sep-Nov):  16-26C  (59-79F)

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 conference.

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 & 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 travellers departing Australia to claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (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 at http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4646.asp

Insurance

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.

Language

The official language for the Meeting is English.

Parking / Car Hire

All major car hire companies, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty, operate in Australia and vehicles may be hired at Brisbane Airport. Parking is also available at the Meeting venue.

Passport and Immigration (VISA)

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.  Welcome letters can be requested from asp2016@arinex.com.au following completion of Meeting registration. 

Please visit http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/ to view a list of all countries and the Australian Visa Office which is responsible for processing visa applications.

For VISA information please download the following Visa and Passport Business Factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.

 

 

Photography

The Conference Organising Committee and Meeting Managers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the conference.  The images may be used for post-conference 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 an Arinex staff member at the registration desk onsite.

Privacy

Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2012 in March 2014.  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.  Further information on Privacy Laws in Australia can be found here: http://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/privacy-act/privacy-law-reform

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.

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, which you can access by visiting http://www.affa.gov.au.

Shopping

Brisbane Shops are typically open from 9am to 5.30pm during the week with late night shopping in the CBD on Friday nights. On Saturday, most shops open from 9am to 4pm. Weekend trading hours are usually from 10am to 6pm.

Tipping

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 % is usual in restaurants if good service is received.  Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

Time

Brisbane is 10 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 Heath of the Australian Government at http://www.health.gov.au/yellowfever.

Key Dates

Conference Dates: 10-12 March 2016

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