General Information

Climate

Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with a cool winter. Minimum temperatures in June are around 6 to 7 degrees Celsius with an average day time high of 14 degrees.

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.

Currency

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.

Dietary Requirements

If you have a special dietary requirement, please indicate this on your registration form.

Electricity

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.

Insurance

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

For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia to attend Childhood Trauma Conference 2018, please read the following:

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.

For all visa information please visit the Visa Finder page (http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1) This website will assist with information on which visa is applicable, how to apply, customs clearance, quarantine regulations, arrival, departure and more.

Please note that when applying for your Visa you should include a copy of your registration confirmation.

Customs

Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly. 
For further information, please visit: http://www.immi.gov.au

Please contact childtraumaconf@icms.com.au if you require an Invitation Letter to support your Visa application

Tax

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

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service.

Travel

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. Travelers 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.