ANZOS-ASLM-ICCR 2019, Sydney, Australia

International Delegates

This page contains important information for international travelers, please read all sections carefully.  

 VISA Information

The following information is provided by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. We recommend that all overseas participants read this carefully.

Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (the only exceptions to this are New Zealand passport holders and permanent residents of Norfolk Island).

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia, and the passport they are holding.

Click here for the new visa fact sheet, current as at 1 July 2018. This fact sheet includes information about the visa options available for those who are travelling to Australia as business visitors, including the new arrangements in place for online applications for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa and the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400). For the purposes of attending this event, you may wish to consider applying for one of these visas, based on your role at the event.

Please note that only certain passport holders are eligible to apply for these visas online.

If your sole reason for coming to Australia is to attend this conference, please apply for this VISA: eVisitor (subclass 651)

For information on who can apply for the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa online, please go to: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/evisitor-651 

If you are not eligible for the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa please see below for alternative visa options, or use the visa finder.

IMPORTANT:

We recommend that applicants applying for a paper-based visa lodge their application at least 8-12 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia. All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Travellers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival.

More VISA information

For any other circumstances, please view the below VISA's

The following passport holders are able to access Australia’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) issuing system online. An ETA provides authorisation to travel to and enter Australia and is electronically linked to your passport. To apply for an ETA online, you must hold a passport from one of the following countries or regions:

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong (SAR PRC)
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Korea, Rep of (STH)
  • United States

If you aren’t eligible to apply for an ETA online you might be able to apply through a travel agent, airline or at an Australian visa office. As part of the application/approval process, you will be issued with a Reference Number. You will need the Reference Number to check the status of your ETA or your application.

NB: These are the visa options available presently but the Department of Immigration and Border Protection reserves the right to change regulations. Assistance will NOT guarantee a visa grant. Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa

 

Invitation Letter

Visa Letter of Invitation

If you require an invitation letter to assist with your Visa application, please contact the ANZOS-ASLM-ICCR 2019 Secretariat (alycia.m@asnevents.net.au).


Invitation letters can also be downloaded from your online registration profile. This letter assists with your Visa application. You will be able to download an invitation letter once you have paid for your registration fee in full and have entered in your passport details.

How to download the invitation letter:

  • Log into the registration dashboard as a return delegate by entering your email and password.
  • Scroll the menu to the "Document" section and select the button “Enter Details”.
  • Every field must be filled in for a Visa letter to be generated. Once all details have been filled in, click “GO”. You will be taken back to the main screen and now a button “Download letter” will appear and by clicking this it will generate a PDF visa letter.

 

General Travel Information

Health and Safety
Travel Insurance

Purchasing travel insurance that covers you for theft, loss, accidents and medical problems before you leave home is highly recommended. 

Medical Services in Australia

Health care in Australia is provided by both private and government organisations. 

Australia has a public health care system called Medicare and Australian hospitals provide world-class medical facilities and standards of care. Medicare coexists with a private health system.

The Australian Government has Reciprocal Health Care Agreements with the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Slovenia, Malta and Italy, which entitle travellers to some subsidised health services. It is best to check your eligibility before you leave home and have appropriate travel insurance to cover your stay in Australia.

For more information about health and safety, visit the official Australian tourism website or the official Sydney website.

If you are looking for a pharmacy, use this website https://www.findapharmacy.com.au/

The New South Wales Government website also lists useful information for finding a health service, https://www.nsw.gov.au/services/services-by-topic/health-and-wellbeing/hospital-and-pharmacy/ 

Time Zones
TIME ZONES

Australia is divided into three separate time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).

  • AEST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 10 hours (UTC +10). This covers the following states (which includes Sydney); Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.
  • ACST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 9½ hours (UTC +9½). This covers the following states; South Australia and the Northern Territory.
  • AWST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 8 hours (UTC +8). This covers the state of Western Australia.

 

Weather
WEATHER

In the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed, so October is the middle of spring in Sydney. The weather at this time of year is increasingly warm and sunny. 

Sydney experiences the following average temperatures in October: 

  • Maximum: 22 degrees Celsius (or 72 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Minimum: 14 degrees Celsius (or 58 degrees Fahrenheit)  

Sydney typically experiences around 88 mm average rainfall in October, this usually means a 40% chance of rain each day (it is recommended you travel with a light jacket and umbrella). 

Weather forecasts can be found at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, http://www.bom.gov.au/ 

Currency
CURRENCY

Australia's national currency is Australian Dollars (AUD), which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and one and two dollar denominations.

Credit cards such as American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay and JCB are accepted in Australia. VISA or MasterCard can be used everywhere credit cards are accepted. American Express and Diners Club are accepted at major supermarket and department store chains and many tourist destinations. A good tip is to carry multiple credit cards and a little cash. Merchants may impose credit card surcharges in some places.

Traveller's cheques are not widely accepted in Australia. If you do purchase traveller's cheques, it is best to buy them in Australian dollars as smaller shops, restaurants and other businesses are unlikely to know what the exchange rate is if you present a cheque in a different currency such as US dollars or British pounds.

Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 percent. You may be able to claim a refund for the GST paid on goods if you have spent AUD $300 or more with a single business, no more than 60 days before departing Australia. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure are of international terminals.

Tipping
TIPPING

Hotels and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill, and tipping is always your choice. In upmarket restaurants, it is common to leave a tip to waiters of 10% of the bill for good service.

Some restaurants and cafes will add a 10% surcharge to prices on weekends and bank holidays. This is supposed to cover a slightly higher minimum wage for working these days. Some will also charge an extra 1.5 to 3% for card payments. These extra charges will be clearly stated on the menu or at the cash register - if in doubt ask a staff member.

Making Calls
INTERNATIONAL DIALING CODES

The international dialing code for Australia is 61. Each region also has an area code as follows: 

  • Central East (New South Wales, Australia Capital Territory) area code 02
  • South East (Victoria, Tasmania) area code 03
  • Mobile telephones (Australia-wide) area code 04
  • North East (Queensland) area code 07
  • Central and West (Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory) area code 08.

When calling from outside Australia, leave out the leading '0' from the area code or mobile phone number.

  • The outgoing IDD (international direct dialing) code from within Australia is 0011.
  • Mobile phone network coverage is available across Australia, however coverage may be limited in some remote areas.
  • Internet access and free WiFi is widely available at internet cafes, accommodation and libraries.

The emergency number in Australia is 000. The operator can connect you to police, ambulance or the fire brigade. Only phone 000 in an emergency.

Electrical Plugs
ELECTRICAL PLUGS

You may need an adapter in order to plug your appliances into the power sockets: the adapter required for Australia is Type 1 Australia plug. The plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins, forming an inverted 'V' shape, and occaisionally a third pin in the centre. The electrical current in Australia is 220-240 volts, AC 50Hz

Driving
LEFT-HAND TRAFFIC

In Australia cars, trams, bikes and other vehicles travel on the left-hand side of the road of a bi-directional traffic. Pedestrians also walk on the left-hand side of a path or a corridor in general. Look to your RIGHT first then left to check incoming traffic when crossing a street or road. Same rules apply when you are making turns when driving. The steering wheel of an Australian car is on the right-hand side.

Sending Mail
SENDING MAIL

Post offices are usually open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, with some city post offices open on Saturday morning. Travellers can arrange to collect mail at post offices throughout Australia.


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