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. As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers. Average temperatures in November range from a minimum of 10°C to 21°C during the day.
If you require disability-specific facilities, please notify the secretariat by indicating this on your registration form.
A smart casual/business attire dress code applies for all meeting sessions. Lounge suit/cocktail dress for the Gala Reception is requested.
The electricity supply is 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug. Most city hotels provide 110 volt sockets for shavers.
The wearing of identification badges is mandatory and will be required for admission to all sessions. These will be provided at the meeting registration desk upon your arrival.
It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate medical, travel and personal insurance before travelling.
Guest wireless access will be made available to all delegates. Information relating to guest wireless access will be made available upon registering at SMRT ANZ 2018 on site.
Letters of invitation for international attendees will not be issued for this meeting. To assist in obtaining any necessary visas that you may require, it is essential that you complete the online registration form and finalise payment in a timely manner. An official tax invoice and confirmation email will be issued to you which you will be able to submit as evidence with your visa application. In the event that your visa application is unsuccessful, a refund, less an administrative charge will be provided.
The official language of the Meeting is English.
In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the meeting organisers accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delegates.
Australia has a decimal system of dollars and cents. Exchange facilities are available at Melbourne Airport or city banks. Credit cards are widely accepted. Commonly recognised cards are American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard (only Visa and MasterCard are accepted for meeting transactions). For currency exchange rates please click here.
No smoking policy
Delegates should be aware that smoking is not allowed in public buildings and many hotels and restaurants throughout Australia, including the meeting venue.
Passport and Visa requirements
Australia’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system is among the worlds most advanced and streamlined travel visa authorisation systems. The traveller may apply for visa authorization over the Internet: https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp
ETA visas may be obtained from travel agents and airlines e.g. at airports. To apply for an ETA online you must be outside Australia and intend to visit for tourism or business visitor activities. You must have your passport, email address and a credit card to complete the online application. The ETA is a stored electronic authority for travel to Australia for the short term visitor. It replaces the passport visa label or stamp in a passport and removes the need for application forms. ETA visas ensure delegates know their visas are in order before leaving their home country.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU APPLY FOR YOUR VISA WELL IN ADVANCE OF YOUR DEPARTURE DATE.
In November, Melbourne operates on Eastern Daylight Savings Time, which is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For international delegates, we suggest you allow at least one day in which to adjust to the time difference. Travellers crossing the Pacific will lose one day by crossing the International Date Line.
There is no tradition of tipping in Australia, it is therefore not expected and service is given with a smile. However, where the service has been excellent, you may tip if you wish. About 10% of the bill is usual if the service is exceptional.