International Delegates

Visas and Invitation Letters

Invitation letters are not required by the Department of Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) for visa applications. As such, we do not issue personalised invitation letters for the conference. Visit the DIMIA website for visa information: www.immi.gov.au.

Due to strict visa requirements for the countries listed below, registrations and presentations will not be confirmed until the applicant has obtained a visa.
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Cameroon, Kenya, Somalia, Iran, Pakistan, Algeria, Libya, Egypt.

Changing Money

International airports and major hotels provide money-changing facilities. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am - 4.00pm. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards, particularly VISA and Mastercards, are widely accepted.

Currency

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.

Customs

Delegates carrying commercial goods or samples may need to obtain permits for their goods depending on the nature of the goods, regardless of value. Quarantine and wildlife regulations and other restrictions may also apply to certain goods. All travellers must declare amounts of $10,000 or more in foreign or Australian currency (notes and coins) you take into or out of Australia. For more information visit www.customs.gov.au.

Electricity

Australian electricity supply is 240V, 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug.

Language

English is the official language of the Conference.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

International travellers can claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on goods bought in Australia. The refund only applies to goods taken as hand luggage upon departure. The refund will be paid on goods costing A$300 or more, bought from the same store. For details visit www.customs.gov.au.

Visas

All international delegates, apart from New Zealand citizens, must obtain a Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. Please ensure you organise your documentation well in advance of travel.

Australia’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is an electronically-stored authority for travel to Australia for a short-term tourist or business entry. ETAs are issued within seconds of being requested through computer links between the Australian Immigration Department, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers around the world. Over 30 countries around the world have access to the free ETA system.

Conference delegates from non-ETA countries will need to obtain a Business (short stay) visa, even if some tourism activities are planned for part of the stay in Australia. It is called a 456 visa if it is issued as a label into a passport. Details are available from the Australian Department of Immigration website (www.immi.gov.au) for more information

General Information

http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/event-organisers-participants/index.htm

ETA Application

http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/index.html

 

Important Dates

Abstracts Due 30 May 2014
Abstract Notifications Late June 2014
Presenter Registration 7 July 2014
Student Essays Due 18 July 2014
Early-Bird Closes 15 August 2014
Conference 2 Oct 2014




Organising Committee

Co-Convenors
Judy Allen
Stephen Honeybul
Felicity Flack
Camilla Scanlan

Committee Members
Brian Stafford
Dale Pugh

Stream Leaders
Wendy Rogers
Ainsley Newson
Bill Madden
Andrew Crowden
Katrina Bramstedt
Karolyn White