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 PERTH

Perth International Airport (PER) is serviced by 23 airlines and is located 11km east of the CBD. There are four terminals at the airport. To see which terminal your airline uses please click here. A free terminal transfer bus provides transport between terminals.

TRANSPORT FROM PERTH AIRPORT

Taxis are available from all terminals and the 20-30 minute journey to the city centre costs approximately AU$45 – AU$55.

The Connect Shuttle bus operates between multiple city centre locations and the forecourt of T3 and takes 45-60 minutes. If arriving or departing from T1 or T2 then take the terminal transfer bus to T3 (allow approximately 15 minutes). T3 and T4 are within walking distance of each other. Tickets cost AU$15 one way and can be purchased from the driver. Click here to view the Connect Shuttle route map.

Alternatively Transperth operate regular bus services between the airport and city centre. Click here to plan your journey.

CAR RENTAL

Avis Rent a Car is offering its corporate rates to conference delegates. Just call the local Avis office in your country and quote the booking reference number: AWD Z994400.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation will be available to book via the registration form when registrations open on 7 March 2017. If you have any queries in the meantime then please contact The Conference Company, csanzet@tcc.co.nz

CLIMATE

Perth has a Mediterranean climate so for most of the year, the weather is fine and sunny, and even during the short mild winter the sun is often shining. Perth’s average temperature for August is 13°C.

CURRENCY / BANKING

The currency used is the Australian dollar. Banking hours are usually 0930 -1600hrs, Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines are well spread throughout Perth business district. 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 select the appropriate option on the registration form.

DRESS

Dress for all scientific sessions is smart casual. Dress for the Gala Dinner will be advised once the theme is finalised.

ELECTRICITY

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

GOODS 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 www.border.gov.au 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. Entry tickets will be given for all social and optional events.

PARKING

The Convention Centre Car Park is accessible via Mill Street, Mounts Bay Road and the Riverside Drive off ramp of the Mitchell Freeway. Early bird parking is available before 7am for AU$22.70 (maximum 10hrs stay). Alternatively parking costs AU$5.80 an hour or AU$23.80 for 10hrs Monday – Friday and AU$16.80 for 10hrs (between 6am and 6pm) on weekends. After 10hrs the hourly rate applies.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN PERTH

Perth has an excellent transport system serving the entire metropolitan area. The Central Area Transit (CAT) bus system provides a free, scenic link between the foreshore and precinct hotels, shops, restaurants, museums and cinemas in and around the City Centre.

Bus stands closest to PCEC are located in the Busport adjacent to PCEC and also on William Street. Weekday services run every 5 – 15 minutes from 6.50am to 6.20pm WST. Please refer to the Transperth website at www.transperth.wa.gov.au for further information, including timetables and maps.

The closest train station is ‘Elizabeth Quay’ (Corner of William Street and The Esplanade).

For information about public transport, visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au or call 13 12 30 anytime. Perth’s public transport is operated by Transperth.

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

Perth is 7 hours ahead of GMT April – October.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES

Visitor information centres are staffed by friendly and professional people with extensive local knowledge. Click here www.westernaustralia.com to find out more.

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