GENERAL INFORMATION 

Entry to 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.

Arrival at Sydney International Airport

Please note that all food, plant and animal material (such as feathers, skins or bone) must be declared on arrival and will be checked by officials. If in doubt, declare it. The process is usually very efficient, but failure to declare prohibited goods leads to severe penalties.

Transport from Sydney Airport

There are many transport options available between Sydney Airport and Sydney City.

Taxis
A taxi rank is located outside the arrivals area at both the international & domestic terminal.  Supervisors are on hand during peak times to ensure smooth flow to taxis for travellers.
Please note that taxis are not permitted to pick up passengers away from a taxi rank and drivers can be fined doing so.  A taxi fare to the city centre is between AU$45-AU$55 one way.

Shuttles
For door to door transfers, please go to the ground transport travel desks; desks are located at both T1 and T2 arrivals lounges. If you wish to pre-book your shuttle before your arrival into Sydney please go to the Redy2Go website: www.redy2go.com.au or phone +61 2 9534 0820.

Train
There is a train station located at both the Domestic and International Terminals at Sydney Airport. Trains run every 10 minutes during the day on a weekday and every 15 minutes on weekends. From the Domestic Terminal, it takes 10 minutes to reach Central Station and 15 minutes to Circular Quay. From the International Terminal it takes a few minutes longer. Fares from the Domestic Terminal to the City start at A$16.77 per adult for a single journey. For further information on the service, please see the following website: www.airportlink.com.au

Opal cards
To catch trains, buses, ferries and light rail in Sydney and surrounding areas you will need an Opal card or Opal single ticket. Opal cards can be purchased at the international, domestic, and all train stations as well as most newsagents in Sydney.

The Opal network covers all of Sydney, north to Newcastle, west to the Blue Mountains and south to Wollongong and the Southern Highlands.

If you are taking more than one trip on public transport, using an Opal Card is the most convenient and affordable way to pay for your fares. Simply tap on and off as you go.

More information on Opal cards at opal.com.au.

Car Rental
Rental car desks are located on the arrivals level at both terminals.  Search and compare the best Sydney Airport rental car deals from quality rental car providers like Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty and Redspot: www.sydneyairport.com.au/go/rental-car.aspx

Parking

There are many carparks in the Darling Harbour area near to the Sydney International Convention Centre.  Further information on parking and applicable charges can be found here.

Public Transport in Sydney

Sydney has an excellent public transport network which offers a cost-efficient way to travel in the city. Click here to access a journey planner. 

Click here to view how to get to the Sydney International Convention Centre by train, bus and car.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be available to book via the registration form when registrations open on 1 May 2019. If you have any queries in the meantime then please contact The Conference Company, clinicaltrials@theconferencecompany.com.

Climate

Sydney experiences a good amount of sunshine in October, with typical daytime temperatures average 18 degrees Celsius.

Currency / Banking

The currency used is the Australian dollar. Banking hours are usually 0900 -1600hrs, Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines are well spread throughout the Sydney business district. International credit cards are accepted throughout the country banks, most hotels and city stores.

Disclosure for 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 Conference 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 allows visitors to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions. Please visit www.border.gov.au for more information.

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 the Conference dinner.

Internet Facilities

Complimentary wi-fi is available throughout the ICC.

Special Requirements

Every effort will be made to ensure delegates with special requirements are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance or catering please give details required on your registration form.

Time

The time zone for Sydney is 10 hours ahead of GMT.

Visitor Information Centres

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