Banks and Foreign Exchange
Usual banking hours are Monday to Thursday 9am–4pm, Friday 9am–5pm. Foreign currency exchange bureaux are also available at the airport and in Melbourne’s central business district. ATMs (automatic teller machines) are widely available in the city and regional areas.
Melbourne’s temperatures in May are generally cooler with an average daily temperature of 17 degrees Celsius. Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather. A tip for any visitor is to be prepared for anything – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn or removed as needed.
Decimal currency is used in Australia (AUD) and currency units are dollars and cents. Australian notes are: $100, $50, $20, $10, $5. Coins are: $2, $1, 50, 20, 10, and 5 cents.
The electrical supply is 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug. Most city hotels provide 110 volts for shavers.
It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.
Passport and Visas
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa before travel. Travellers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival, with the exception of New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders, who will usually be issued a visa on arrival in Australia provided they meet health and character requirements. All visitors should apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns.
A facility for electronically issuing visas, The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system, is currently available through international travel agents and airlines in over 30 countries including the US, UK, parts of Western Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This system also includes pre-clearance for entry which reduces the time needed to process passengers on arrival. Your local Australian Embassy or Consulate can advise of the availability.
For non-ETA countries, visas are issued from Australian Embassies and Consulates around the world. In non-ETA countries, we recommend that you apply early for your visa.
International participants for AOS 2018 may be eligible for the following visas:
Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (Subclass 601) (business stream)
eVisitor (Subclass 651) (business stream) visa
Visitor (business stream) (Subclass 600) visa
Temporary Work (short stay activity) (Subclass 400) visa
For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia to attend the AOS Conference 2018, you should:
Determine which visa you are eligible to apply for, ie. ETA (Subclass 601) (business stream), eVisitor (Subclass 651) (business stream), Visitor (subclass 600)(business stream) visa. Please refer to the links above.
Apply for your visa at least 8 weeks before your intended date of travel to Australia (or two weeks if you are from an ETA or eVisitor eligible country) as visa processing times may vary.
Consider Australia's health and character requirements, which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.
If you are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa or ETA, ensure you obtain a confirmation of your registration, or a letter of invitation, to attach to your Visitor (Subclass 600 )(business stream) visa application.
For further information regarding Australian visas, please visit: www.border.gov.au
Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.
Tipping is not customary in Australia, and is at your discretion.
For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight, before the Conference commences. Travellers flying westward across the Pacific Ocean are reminded that they will lose a day by crossing the International Date Line. The ‘lost day’ will be returned on the return journey.