General Information

All you need to know about travelling and accommodation for the Conference.


Melbourne offers an unusually rich blend of arts, culture, sport, parklands and gardens, shopping, restaurants and festivals.

The charms of Melbourne have led it to be declared one of the world’s most liveable cities, with a combination of its affordable cost of living, personal security and green open space. It is an elegant, stylish, cosmopolitan city with many and diverse ethnic influences. The arts precinct is located right on the city’s doorstep.

It includes the Federation Square complex, an open living, energetic centre of Melbourne with the Australian and indigenous art section of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the most advanced centre for screen culture in the world.

Set amongst truly wonderful cafes, restaurants and bars, this square looks back over the Yarra River at the Victorian Arts Centre, with its distinctive spire atop the theatres building and the Convert Hall, acclaimed for outstanding performances of opera, musicals, concerts, drama and ballet.


Melbourne Convention Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006

Superbly located right in the heart of Melbourne on the edge of the Yarra River is the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), comprising of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and Melbourne’s latest offering in architectural ingenuity – the Melbourne Convention Centre.

When it comes to convention centres the Melbourne Convention Centre is a convention centre like no other – Australia’s premier convention centre.
The convention centre is easily accessible from every direction by foot, car or public transport and is surrounded by cafes, bars, shopping and fine restaurants.

The Melbourne Convention Centre has been fully integrated with the Melbourne Exhibition Centre to create the most versatile and advanced convention and exhibition centre in the Southern Hemisphere.

Setting new world benchmarks as the first convention centre to be awarded a ‘6 Star Green Star’ environmental rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, the centre is also raising standards to new heights in innovation, technology, imaginative catering and service options.

For directions, ca parking and transport information please visit the MCEC website.


ICMS Travel, as the official housing bureau for the Conference, has been able to secure discounted accommodation rates at selected hotels. Reservations need to be made before Friday, 26 June 2020. Room rates are per night and do not include breakfast unless otherwise stated.

Check-in time is usually from 14:00 – 15:00. Should you wish to guarantee that your room is ready before the hotel check-in time, it is recommended that you book and pay for your room for the evening prior to your arrival. Failure to advise your arrival time may mean that your room will be released.

To secure your reservation, a deposit equivalent to one night’s room tariff is required within 14 days of booking being made. Please ensure that valid credit card details are provided at the time of submitting your booking as these details are required to be passed onto the hotel to act as a guarantee. The hotel may not initially deduct a deposit payment from your credit card but may charge your full payment at the time of checkout. The hotel may charge a processing fee on payments by credit card. Bookings cannot be made until ICMS Travel receives your credit card details. Room rates are in Australian Dollars and include the Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST) where applicable.

Cancellation fees will apply for all cancellations received after Friday, 26 June 2020 or if the room is not occupied on the advised date of arrival. The relevant hotel cancellation policy terms and conditions will apply and the cost will be borne by the delegate. The Conference Office cannot guarantee new bookings or amendments to existing bookings after Friday, 26 June 2020.

Please note that accommodation has been secured from Saturday, 1 August until Saturday, 8 August 2020. For accommodation outside these dates please email and we will endeavour to secure accommodation at the Conference rate for your extended stay.

Hotel discounts are only available when bookings are made via the registration portal.


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.

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.

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

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.

For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia to attend Childhood Trauma Conference 2020, 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 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.

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 this website.

Please contact if you require an Invitation Letter to support your Visa application.

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 as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service.

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.

Contact Us

Conference Organisers
ICMS Pty Ltd
PO Box 170
Hawthorn VIC 3122
P: 03 9810 0200


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