General information

Banking

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre provide two Automatic Teller Machines located on the Great Hall Concourse and Exhibition Hall 4 Concourse. They accept all cards however do not accept credit cards for cash advances.

The following banking facilities are located in the South Bank precinct:

Bank of Queensland, 184-186 Grey Street, South Brisbane
Commonwealth Banking Corporation, Shop 22, 164 Grey Street, South Brisbane
National Australia Bank, Boundary Street, South Brisbane
Westpac Banking Corporation, 91 Boundary Street, West End

 

Car parking

The Centre provides undercover parking for 1500 vehicles, with direct lift access to the Centre’s convention and exhibition facilities. Car park entrances are via Merivale St, Grey St and Melbourne St.

For faster exit at our car parks and for the convenience of our patrons, the Centre has installed a new automated parking system which allows you to enter and exit the car park using your credit card. The fast pay initiative works by inserting your credit card on entry, then again on exit through the automated exit lanes.  This makes exiting the car parks an easier, faster process.

Please click here for current parking rates.

 

Climate

‘Beautiful one day – perfect the next’ – that is what they say about Queensland, which boasts an enjoyable subtropical climate year round. Brisbane is blessed with wonderful, warm sunshine throughout the year and is the perfect location for visitors to enjoy a range of activities – sport, picnics in parks, bushwalking, water sport and other relaxing forms of recreation.

October will be spring time with temperatures average between 16-27oC and warm, usually sunny days tempered by cool sea breezes. Remember to pack sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat if you will be spending time outdoors and to drink plenty of water.

 

Disability access

If you require disability-specific facilities, please notify the Conference Secretariat by indicating this on your registration form.

 

Dress

A smart casual / business attire dress code applies for all conference sessions.

 

Electricity

The electricity supply is 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug. Most city hotels provide 110 volt sockets for shavers.

 

Name badges

The wearing of identification badges is mandatory and will be required for admission to all sessions. These will be provided at the conference registration desk upon your arrival.

 

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate medical, travel and personal insurance before travelling.

 

Internet access

Free wireless internet access is provided by the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the duration of the conference.

 

Language

The official language of the conference is English.

 

Liability disclaimer

In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the conference organisers accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delegates.

 

Money

Australia has a decimal system of dollars and cents. Exchange facilities are available at Brisbane Airport or city banks. Credit cards are widely accepted. Commonly recognised cards are American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard (only Visa and MasterCard are accepted for conference transactions). For currency exchange rates please click here.

 

No smoking policy

Delegates should be aware that smoking is not allowed in public buildings and many hotels and restaurants throughout Australia, including the conference venue.

 

Passport and Visa requirements

Please refer to these fact sheets for information on Visa options for conferences and General information for visa applicants. For further details about visa options, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website: www.border.gov.au/.

If you are planning to visit Australia to attend a business event such as a conference as a participant or attendee, (that is, you will not be working, entertaining, or being paid to contribute), you may be eligible for one of the following Visitor visas: ETA (subclass 601), eVisitor (subclass 651) or Visitor visa (subclass 600) Business stream.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHECK YOUR VISA REQUIREMENTS WELL IN ADVANCE OF YOUR DEPARTURE DATE.

 

Time Zones

Brisbane operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For international delegates, we suggest you allow at least one day in which to adjust to the time difference. Travellers crossing the Pacific will lose one day by crossing the International Date Line.

 

Tipping

There is no tradition of tipping in Australia, it is therefore not expected and service is given with a smile. However, where the service has been excellent, you may tip if you wish. About 10% of the bill is usual if the service is exceptional.