Banking and Currency

Banking hours are generally 0900 to 1600 and extended on Fridays to 1700. Several international banks have offices in the CBD. Currency exchanges are located at airports, banks and major hotels. Consult a bank for the latest exchange rate. Decimal currency is used in Australia (AUD) and currency units are dollars and cents. Australian notes are: $100, $50, $20, $10, $5. Coins are: $2, $1, 50, 20, 10, and 5 cents. Australian currency fluctuates on the international monetary exchange. Therefore we recommend checking with your local bank for the exchange rate just prior to your arrival in Australia or visit www.x-rates.com for the current exchange rates.

Credit Cards

Most hotels, large restaurants and shops will accept international credit cards, the most widely recognised being American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Automatic teller machines are plentiful and situated throughout the city.

Climate

The Conference will see in the first day of Spring in Melbourne.The average temperatures are maximum of 17 (°C) and minimum of 8 (°C).

Electricity

Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian flat 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.

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

The Organising Committee and/or the APCC Organisers shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the 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 Conference Venue.