General Information

Airport Transfers

Brisbane’s International and Domestic Airports have recently been 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.

Here are some options you will find useful when travelling to and from the airport:

Shuttle Buses
Shuttle buses are a convenient, fast and comfortable way of travelling to and from the Airport. 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. For prices or to book visit https://www.con-x-ion.com/ or call Con-x-ion on 1300 266 946.

Airtrain

For single travellers on the go, the Airtrain, operating 5.00am to 9.00pm 7 days a week, is the most time efficient option. If you’re in a hurry and require a direct line from the Airport to the City, jump aboard for a quick 22 minute train trip! Stations are conveniently located near most CBD accommodation and attractions. For further information visit www.airtrain.com.au. Airtrain are offering a discounted fare for IFA 2016 delegates, please click here to download the voucher.

Taxis
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 Australia 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 A$35.00-A$40.00 plus a A$2.00 fee for departing taxis only. Taxi numbers are as follows:

  • 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.

Car Hire & Parking

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

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 & Services Tax (GST) / Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

Australia levies a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10%. The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables travellers departing Australia to claim a refund of the GST (and also the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET)) paid on goods bought in Australia and taken out of the country. The refund applies to goods over the value of A$300 when items are purchased in the same shop within 30 days of your departure from Australia. Should an item be too large to take onto the aircraft as hand luggage you will need to visit the TRS clearing office at the international airport with the item and receipt. The receipt will be stamped “TRS sighted” and at that point you can check in the large item with your luggage. Once you have cleared customs you can collect your refund from the TRS desk by showing your receipt or items purchased. It does not apply to services or goods consumed or partly consumed in Australia. Goods which are to be exported can be used before departing Australia.

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Conference 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 Conference,
  • or through cancellation of the Conference,
  • 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 language for the Conference is English.

Privacy

Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2012 in March 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.  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 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, including most food products, which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted. For more information, visit the Australian Department of Agriculture website.

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 0900 to 1600. Weekend trading hours are usually from 1000 to 1600.

Time

Brisbane is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Vaccination

A current valid international certificate of inoculation against yellow fever is required if passengers come from, or travel through, infected areas. Check this carefully with your airline or travel agent.

Visa Information

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.  Welcome letters can be requested from ifa2016@arinex.com.au following completion of Conference registration.  For VISA information please click here to download an information factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.  

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Tuesday 22 March 2016
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