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General Information

Gender Policy

ComBio2016 strives to achieve gender balance in all aspects of the conference. The committee endeavours to achieve this through balanced female and male representation on the organising committees and as session chairs, as well as through invitations to high quality speakers of both sexes.

Discount Airfares

The ComBio2016 committee feels it is in the best interest of delegates to shop around for a bargain, as airfares vary so much.

Airport Transfers

A taxi trip from the Brisbane Airport to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre costs approximately $60, depending on the time of day. Details of shuttle service from airport to Brisbane City can be found at: www.airtrain.com.au/ticket-information

Map with Conference Hotels, Venue and Dinner Locations

A map detailing the locations of the conference hotels, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Conference Dinner will be available in April.

Information for International Visitors

Passports and Visas

All non-Australian citizens must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. A visa is a stamp or label in a passport; a travel authority is an electronic record authorising travel into Australia. Every person travelling to Australia has a personal responsibility to obtain a visa for their stay in Australia. The ComBio2016 organisers cannot take responsibility for obtaining visas.

For information on the appropriate visa for travel to Australia, or entry into Australia, visit the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) website www.immi.gov.au/index.htm or contact the Australian Overseas Mission in your country, See www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/index.htm for your closest Australian visa office.

You should allow 4-6 weeks for your visa to be processed.

The ComBio2016 Conference Secretariat is in constant contact with the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The ComBio2016 Conference Secretariat is required to make DIAC aware of overseas people who have sent a completed registration form together with payment to ComBio2016. If the registration is not accompanied by full payment of registration fees, it will not be accepted.

DIAC will forward this information to the Australian Overseas Mission in the country of the applicant’s residence to assist with the visa application process.

Please note that ComBio2016 involvement does not guarantee that visas will be approved.

Travel and Arrival

It is strongly recommended that international visitors from Europe and America allow at least one day in which to adjust to the time difference. Travellers crossing the Pacific will lose one day when crossing the International Date Line.

Medical and Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended that international visitors seek advice and take out appropriate travel insurance and medical cover. Overseas visitors are required to pay in full all medical expenses incurred while in Australia. The conference organizers accept no responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.

Weather

Brisbane has a comfortable sub-tropical climate ideal for outdoor enjoyment all-year round that averages 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year. October is Spring in Brisbane with average temperatures ranging from 15-25°C (59-77°F). Most days have abundant sunshine with minimal cloud cover, usually followed by cool, breezy nights. For more information, see www.bom.gov.au/qld

Power

Australia uses 240V 50Hz AC electrical power. Please ensure you have an appropriate adapter if you wish to use your own electronic equipment.

Currency and Banking

The Australian Dollar ($A) is a decimal currency with units in dollars and cents. Check the currency converter on the website: www.xe.net/ucc.

Currency exchange facilities are available at the international airport, major hotels and city banks. Normal banking hours are Monday - Thursday 09:30 to 16:00 and 09:30 to 17:00 Friday. Banks are closed weekends but ATM's are available 24 hours per day.

Tipping
Tipping is not widespread or regulated in Australia, and is generally recognized as a reward for exceptional service rather than expected for every transaction. In a more expensive restaurant, a tip of about 10% is usually appropriate.