Useful Information

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VISA INFORMATION

All travellers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, are legally required to hold a valid visa or electronic travel authority (ETA). A valid passport is required for entry into Australia. It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and completed before you commence your journey. Delegates must register for the Symposium before lodging their visa/ETA application. Following your registration, you will receive an acknowledgement letter. This is all you require from the Symposium managers in order to make your visa/ETA application. We recommend you apply for your visa/ETA at least ten weeks before you travel (earlier in some cases). For more information, contact your nearest Australian Embassy/Consulate or view the Australian Department of Immigration website.

TIME

In September, Adelaide is on Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is 9 hours 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9:30).

CLIMATE

South Australia has a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and mild winters. Generally speaking, it is hotter to the north in the Flinders Ranges, and cooler further south, on Kangaroo Island.

Spring (September to November) is awash with colour and the purple jacaranda trees are a popular attraction during this time. Trees are a lush green and flowers bloom in the city parks. The average daily temperature in spring is a pleasant 22°C. For further information, we recommend you check the Bureau of Meteorology website before travelling.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES

Wherever you go, drop by a local visitor information centre to help you get the most out of your stay in Adelaide.

BANKING AND CURRENCY

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = A$1). Notes come in A$100, A$50, A$20, A$10 and A$5 denominations. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, A$1 and A$2 denominations. Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops. The most widely used being Mastercard, Visa and American Express.

Banks and post offices open from 0930 to 1600 hours Monday to Friday. Business office hours are 0900 to 1700 hours Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours in many locations.

TIPPING

Tipping is not widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative; a reward of service. A gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

SHOPPING

In the city and surrounding suburbs you’ll find artisan markets, a wonderland of unique boutiques, sprawling shopping malls and gorgeous heritage arcades. Rundle Mall is our first port of call. With over 700 retailers in one convenient pedestrian-friendly strip, it’s Adelaide’s busiest, most popular shopping destination. Discover boutiques selling local designs and higher-end clothing stores on Rundle Street, one-off, luxe homewares on King William Road, the sprawling Central Market in Adelaide's CBD, design and produce markets in Adelaide's suburbs and major shopping outlets at Burnside and Glenelg.

QUARANTINE

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.

For more information, see the ‘information for international Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website here.

South Australia has strict quarantine laws in addition to national laws. The laws are in place to protect our agricultural industries and unique environments against some of the world’s most serious pests and diseases. When arriving by plane, you must declare all food, plant and animal products. If you have items you don't wish to declare, you can dispose of them in quarantine bins in the airport terminal. There are also quarantine checkpoints consisting of roadblocks and fruit disposal bins if you are arriving by road.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The Symposium hosts and event managers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the event. The images may be used for post-convention reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested. If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform the photographer and move out of camera range.