General Information

Airport Transfers

Perth Airport is conveniently located just 12 kilometres from the Perth CBD and offers a range of services and facilities for travellers including: car rental, foreign exchange, wireless internet, shopping, restaurants and bathroom amenities. For further information on Perth Airport visit their website

Perth Airport is a modern facility approximately 45 minutes from the Perth CBD. The international and domestic terminals are easily accessible by car, taxi and bus.

Taxis

Taxis are available from both the domestic and international terminals.  The journey to Perth CBD is approximately A$30.00 – A$35.00. All taxis are meter operated by time and distance, and operate 24 hours a day.  At both airport terminals available taxis will wait at the taxi rank.

The approximate price for an MPT vehicle from the Domestic Terminal to CBD would be about $35.00

Uber

You can also request a ride from Uber from either the domestic or the international terminals of Perth Airport. Just request your Uber once you have exited the terminal, and your driver will meet you at the pick–up area. A typical UberX (low cost ride) to Perth’s CBD costs A$25 – 34.

Buses

‘Connect Shuttle’ operates with convenient pick up points located near accommodation throughout Perth to Perth Airport. Tickets are A$15 per person each way and you can simply purchase a ticket from the driver on the day. To find out more and see where the shuttle stops please click here.

All public buses that operate within the inner city are free of charge. Out of the inner city limits is chargeable and it is advisable to check with the driver when alighting from the bus.

There are also tourist buses called CAT (Central Area Transit). These buses stop at all the key tourist spots in and around Perth and also operate a free service. 

For more information on Perth’s public transport, please visit the Transperth website – https://www.transperth.wa.gov.au

Banking and Currency

Banks generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours Monday – Friday. Some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings. Several international banks have offices in the CBD.

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = $1). 

Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100.  Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $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, American Express and Diners Club.

Climate and Clothing

Perth’s climate tends to be a dry heat.

  • Spring (Sep-Nov): 10-28 ºC (50-77 ºF)

Generally, Australians are informal dressers.  A light jacket is recommended for evenings.

Eating Out

Restaurants and Shopping

Liberty Cafe is located on Level 2 of the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) and offers light meals, coffee and beverages. Operating hours for the Café vary in response to event schedules. The Metro Bar and Bistro in the Adina Hotel is located opposite the Level 1 front entrance of PCEC. Nearby is Brookfield Plaza located at the base of the new BHP Tower. The area now hosts a large food hall and several cafés, restaurants and eateries, as well as a florist, a chemist and a newsagency. All within minutes from the Centre’s Level 2 entrance, makes the Brookfield Plaza a convenient and veritable feast of opportunities.

The City Centre is a 5-minute walk from PCEC and features an extensive range of major, specialist and boutique retail shops, as well as fine restaurants and fast food outlets. In addition to normal shopping hours, late night shopping is available in the city on Friday nights. Also many shops in the area are open from midday to 5:00pm WST on Sundays.

The Northbridge area also has a wide selection of restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs and can be accessed via taxi or a 20-minute walk from PCEC.

Electricity

Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz.  The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor.  If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch.  If not, you will need a voltage converter.  Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) / Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

GST or Goods and Services Tax is a 10% tax applied to most items in Australia.

 The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables travellers departing Australia to claim a refund for the GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods purchased in Australia. For detailed information on the TRS please refer to the website of the Australian Border Force.

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include

  • loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the conference,
  • or through cancellation of the conference,
  • loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason,
  • loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia,
  • failure to utilise tours or pre-booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason,
  • medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover),
  • loss or damage to personal property,
  • additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered.

The conference managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Language

The official and most widely spoken language in Australia is English, and is also the official language for the Conference.

Planning your Travel

Because of time changes and jet lag we suggest you arrive in Australia a few days prior to the commencement of the Conference.  This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Conference.

Parking

There are approximately 5,000 car parking bays within a 10 minute walk of Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The City of Perth Convention Centre Car Park is located directly under the Centre.

City of Perth Convention Centre Car Park 
Open: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Access: via Mill St, Mounts Bay Rd, or the Riverside Dv off-ramp from the Mitchell Freeway
Payment: cash, credit card, or City of Perth Parking Card
Centre access: direct access to PCEC during opening hours via central foyer lift and staircases
Contact: 1300 889 613

For further information on City of Perth parking visit: www.cityofperthparking.com.au

To reserve parking at Westralia Square, please visit: www.secureparking.com.au/westraliasquare 

Passport and Immigration (VISA)

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. Welcome letters can be requested following completion of Programme registration by emailing the Conference Managers via iumrs-ica2019@arinex.com.au. For visa information please refer to the website of the Department of Home Affairs.

Please note – it is strongly recommended that Australian visa applications are lodged at least two months prior to departure from your point of origin.

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 please refer to the ‘Travelling to Australia’ section on the website of the Department of Agriculture.

Photography

The Conference hosts and Conference Managers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the event.  The images may be used for post-Conference 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.

 
Privacy

Australia operates under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), as amended, and the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches), 2017.  The objective of these is to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information.

Europe operates under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. The GDPR aims primarily to give protection to citizens over their personal data.  The legislation was adopted on 27 April 2016.

The Conference Managers comply with these legislations and are committed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information.

Arinex will not sell your personal information to third parties.  If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us and we will promptly correct the information.  You may also withdraw your consent for use of your information by advice to us in writing.

 Why do we wish you to provide your information?

We require your information to facilitate provision of information to you regarding the Conference and to facilitate your participation in the Conference.  Information collected in respect of your proposed participation in any aspect of the Conference will be used for the purposes listed below.  You can give or withhold your consent for each or all of these uses.  Please indicate your preferences when completing your registration form but please note that we will be unable to forward any information relating to the Conference or to communicate with you regarding your registration if you select ‘no’ to point 1.

What we will do with your information?

  1. Planning and conduct of the Conference including arrangements for your participation (e.g. accommodation booking);
  2. In the Delegate List published for the Conference;
  3. May also be provided to organisers of future occurrences of this Conference;
  4. May be used to provide you with information of other relevant events in your area of interest.

Important Notes:

  • The parties who will have access to your information (subject to your preference selections on above points) are the Conference Managers, the Conference host organisation (points 1 and point 4), delegates, sponsors and exhibitors of the Conference (point 2) and any future organisers of the Conference (point 3).

The parties mentioned above will rely on your above consent indications for the purposes of compliance.

  • You may withdraw your granular consent at any time by notice in writing to the Conference Managers.
  • You are entitled to access the information held by written application to the Conference Managers.

For further information please see our detailed corporate Privacy Statement at link

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.

Shopping

Shops open from 0900 to 1730 hours during the week with late night city shopping on Friday until 2100 hours. The largest Shopping Mall is Booragoon and this is open until 2100 hours on Thursdays.  On Saturday, most city shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours.  On Sunday, most city shops are open from 1200 to 1700 hours and major department stores in the centre of the city are open from 1100 to 1800 hours.

Time

Perth is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and does not operate daylight savings times.

Tipping

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

Vaccination

There is no vaccination required for entering Australia.  However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country but do not hold a vaccination certificate you will receive a Yellow Fever Action Card for further information.  More information can be found on the Department of Health of the Australian Government website.