General Information

Airport Transfers

Perth Airport is conveniently located just 12 kilometres from the Perth CBD and offers a range of services and facilities for travellers including: car rental, foreign exchange, wireless internet, shopping, restaurants and bathroom amenities. For further information on Perth Airport visit their website

Perth Airport is a modern facility approximately 45 minutes from the Perth CBD. The international and domestic terminals are easily accessible by car, taxi and bus.

Taxis

Taxis are available from both the domestic and international terminals.  The journey to Perth CBD is approximately A$30.00 – A$35.00. All taxis are meter operated by time and distance, and operate 24 hours a day.  At both airport terminals available taxis will wait at the taxi rank.

Uber

You can also request a ride from Uber from either the domestic or the international terminals of Perth 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 Perth’s CBD costs A$25 – 34.

Buses

‘Connect Shuttle’ operates with convenient pick up points located near accommodation throughout Perth to Perth Airport. Tickets are A$15 per person each way and you can simply purchase a ticket from the driver on the day. To find out more and see where the shuttle stops please click here.

All public buses that operate within the inner city are free of charge. Out of the inner city limits is chargeable and it is advisable to check with the driver when alighting from the bus.

There are also tourist buses called CAT (Central Area Transit). These buses stop at all the key tourist spots in and around Perth and also operate a free service. 

For more information on Perth’s public transport, please visit the Transperth website – https://www.transperth.wa.gov.au.

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.

Climate and Clothing

 Perth’s climate tends to be a dry heat.

  • Spring (Sep-Nov): 10-28 ºC (50-77 ºF)
  • Summer (Dec-Feb): 17-34 ºC (63-87 ºF)

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, as some of these may require formal evening dress.

Eating Out

Restaurants and Shopping

Liberty Cafe is located on Level 2 of the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) and offers light meals, coffee and beverages. Operating hours for the café vary in response to event schedules. The Metro Bar and Bistro in the Adina Hotel is located opposite the Level 1 front entrance of PCEC. Nearby is Brookfield Plaza located at the base of the new BHP Tower. The area hosts a large food hall and several cafés, restaurants and eateries, as well as a florist, a chemist and a newsagency.

The city centre is a 5-minute walk from PCEC and features an extensive range of major, specialist and boutique retail shops, as well as fine restaurants and fast food outlets. In addition to normal shopping hours, late night shopping is available in the city on Friday nights. Many shops in the area are also open on Sundays, from midday to 5:00pm AWST

The Northbridge area, a 20-minute walk from PCEC, also has a wide selection of restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs.

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)

Goods and services tax (GST)

All prices quoted on this website 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 and book your travel for the conference you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include

  • loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the conference,
  • or through cancellation of the conference itself,
  • 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 conference 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 and most widely spoken language in Australia is English, and is also the official language for the Conference.

Parking

There are approximately 5,000 car parking bays within a 10 minute walk of Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Car Park is located directly under the Centre.

City of Perth Convention Centre Car Park 
Open: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Access: via Mill St, Mounts Bay Rd, or the Riverside Dv off-ramp from the Mitchell Freeway
Payment: cash, credit card, or City of Perth parking card
Centre access: direct access to PCEC during opening hours via central foyer lift and staircases
Contact: 1300 889 613

For further information on City of Perth parking visit: www.cityofperthparking.com.au

To reserve parking at Westralia Square, please visit www.secureparking.com.au/westraliasquare 

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 Managers via icst2018@arinex.com.au following completion of Conference registration.  For VISA information please download the following information factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.

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 Conference hosts and organisers 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.

Planning your travel to Australia

Because of time changes and jet lag we suggest international delegates arrive in Australia a few days prior to the commencement of the Conference. This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Conference.

Privacy

Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 in 2001. The latest updates were published in 2014.  The Conference 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 Conference will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Conference and may also be provided to the organising body or to organisers of future events.  Information may also be used for advice of future conferences 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 Conference 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 Conference.  Individuals are also entitled to access the information held by written application to the Conference 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.

Shopping

All grocery stores and major chain stores (i.e. Target, Kmart, Coles, Woolworths) are open from 0900 to 2100 hours during the week with late night shopping on Friday until 2100 hours in Perth city. On Saturday, most city shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours. On Sunday Perth city shops are open from 1200 to 1700 with suburb shops open from 1100 – 1700.

Time

Perth is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and does not operate daylight savings times.

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.

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.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission: 18 April 2018
Abstract Submission Close: 31 August 2018
Registration Opens: 18 April 2018
Early Bird Closes: 23 September 2018
Conference Dates: 30 November – 3 December 2018

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