Cairns, Australia

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The Congress setting in Cairns, Australia serves as a gateway to tropical north Queensland’s most popular tourist destinations, including Port Douglas and the world-renowned and heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Cairns is surrounded by natural beauty. It is a vibrant tropical city and has the best of everything – great restaurants, shopping, cruises and tour attractions. To the north is world heritage national parks, to the south, rugged ranges and numerous waterfalls, head east to the Great Barrier Reef and west is mountainous rainforest and the plains of Atherton Tablelands.

Take some time following the Congress to explore the region and visit the neighbouring townships which all offer their own unique attractions and history. The host city reflects a modern and vibrant atmosphere, the award-winning Cairns Convention Centre is a state of the art venue conveniently located in the heart of the city. All within easy walking distance of 7000 hotel rooms, restaurants, cafes and bars and just 10 minutes from the domestic and international airports.


Banks
Banks in Australia are open from 09:30 – 16:00 Monday to Thursday and from 09:30 – 17:00 on Fridays. Most banks are closed weekends and public holidays. Automatic Teller Machines are open 24 hours and are located throughout the city and surrounds. Facilities for exchange of currency are available at the airport, larger hotels and banks.


Car Rental
Cars can be rented in Australia from local or international companies. Average cost per day for a medium sized car is AUD70.00. All cars are right- hand drive.


Climate
Cairns has a tropical climate, with generally warm summers and mild dry winters. The majority of Cairn’s rainfall occurs during summer between January and March.

The tropics have uniform temperatures throughout the year. Typical daytime min/max temperature ranges in Cairns are 23C/31C in mid-Summer and 18C/26C in mid-Winter.

Dress is informal and relaxed and smart casual clothes are acceptable almost universally with possibly a light jacket for evening wear.


Credit cards
Credit cards are widely accepted. Commonly recognised cards include Visa, MasterCard, American Express. Only these cards are accepted by the Congress.


Currency exchange
Decimal currency is used in Australia (AUD) and currency units are dollars and cents. Australian notes are: AUD100, AUD50, AUD20, AUD10, AUD5. Coins are: AUD2, AUD1, AUD .50, AUD.20, AUD.10, AUD.05 cents


Disabled Facilities
If you require disability specific facilities, please notify the Congress Organiser by indicating on your registration form.


Electricity
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.

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Health
Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever-infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.


Insurance
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.


Liability Disclaimer
In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the Congress Organisers accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delegates. The Congress Organisers accept no liability for injuries/losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor for loss or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.


No Smoking Policy
Delegates should be aware that smoking is banned in public buildings and many hotels and restaurants throughout Australia, including the Congress venue.


Official Language
The official language of the Congress is English.


Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.
For further information please contact: www.aqis.gov.au/whatcanti


Tax
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%.


Tipping
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. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. NO service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.


Travel and Program Disclaimers
In the event of any travel disruptions, the Congress Organiser will not be held responsible for any losses incurred by delegates at or enroute to or from the Congress.

The program is correct at the time of printing, but the Congress Organiser reserve the right to alter the program as necessary.