General Information/Visa & Passport Information

Passports, Visas & Customs

All travellers to Australia need a valid passport.

Visas are required by all visitors travelling to Australia. If you are on a New Zealand passport please refer to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

We advise all international travellers to consult the links below or contact the Australian Consulate in your country or travel agent to organise the visa that best suits your travel plans. Visa requirements may change without notice.

Visa Options

If you are planning to visit Australia for a business event such as a conference, trade fair, seminar or expo, you may be able to apply for one of the visas listed below. The passport which you hold determines whether you are eligible to apply online, or need to lodge a paper based application.

For many participants the visa application is quick and easy, either on-line or through your travel agent.



For citizens of countries not covered by sub classes 601 or 651 see:


Letters of invitation and Visa requirements

Delegates (and partners if applicable) requiring a Visitor (Business Stream) visa (subclass 600) will need to apply at least 3 months ahead of the Conference. Please consult with your Travel Agent or Consulate.

If you require an invitation letter to support your visa application please email Arinex on and provide all relevant details e.g full name, affiliation, address and whether you will be presenting a talk or poster (include title of the talk or poster).

In addition to lodging your standard visa application the Conference has registered with the International Event Coordinator Network (IECN). To assist in the timely processing by Australia’s visa offices overseas please provide the information requested on the IECN Event participant bio-data collection sheet (see link below) and fax to + 61 8 83133551 or if you wish to email please send to


You can find more information regarding Visa Application Requirements below.

Visa Information at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship


It is also important to note that Australia is an island of immense ecological diversity and takes customs very seriously. To protect its natural ecosystems and agriculture interests, Australia employs strict customs regulations. Organic items such as plants, food, animal products, timber and anything contaminated with dirt or sand may be restricted or even prohibited. Before you set out to Australia it may be useful to check up on these restrictions at the link below.

Customs Information at the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Airport Transfers


Adelaide Airport is 8 kilometres from the centre of the city, a 15-minute drive.  It services regional, domestic and international travellers in one building.  The state-of-the-art facility is the newest and most efficient aviation terminal in Australia, incorporating the latest in design and technology.

Approximate flying times:

  • Sydney to Adelaide 2 hrs 25 mins
  • London to Adelaide 22 hrs 45 mins
  • Singapore to Adelaide 6 hrs 45 mins
  • Los Angeles to Adelaide 15 hrs
  • Auckland to Adelaide 4 hrs 55 mins

Adelaide offers quality public transport connecting the CBD with all suburban areas.

For bus, tram and train information and timetables call +61 8 8210 1000 or visit the Adelaide Metro internet site

  • A convenient free city loop bus service is offered.
  • Trams within the CBD are free of charge.
  • Taxi-cabs are available throughout the city and can be booked or hailed by the roadside.

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 generally open from 9.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. General office hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to  Friday. Post offices operate these hours; however stamps are often available from hotels.


South Australia’s climate varies from hot and dry in the interior, to mild and wet in the south and coastal regions. Adelaide generally has mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. It is the driest of all the Australian capital cities.

In spring (September to November) South Australia is awash with colour and wildlife flourishes. Average daily spring temperatures in Adelaide range from a minimum of 11.6°C to a maximum of 21.7°C.


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)

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.


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.


The official and most widely spoken language in Australia is English, and is also the official language for the Conference.

Local Transport

Adelaide offers quality public transport connecting the CBD with all suburban areas.

For bus, tram and train information and timetables call +61 8 8210 1000 or visit the Adelaide Metro internet site

  • A convenient free city loop bus service is offered.
  • Trams within the CBD are free of charge.
  • Taxi-cabs are available throughout the city and can be booked or hailed by the roadside.

Parking is available at the Adelaide Convention Centre, please view their website, for up to date pricing.


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:

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


Trading hours are generally Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm. There’s late night shopping in Adelaide city stores every Friday until 9pm, and at Adelaide suburban stores every Thursday until 9pm. Trading hours on public holidays may be limited. Trading hours vary in country areas, with many larger stores opened extensively, seven days a week.


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 Australian Government, Department of Agriculture website, which you can access by visiting

If you are travelling interstate please view the ‘Traveller’s guide to Australian interstate quarantine’ on the Quarantine Domestic website, which you can access by visiting

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