General Information

Sydney

Sydney’s central business district (CBD) is 10km north of the International Airport and takes approximately 20 minutes to reach by car. Any queries please see the Travellers Information Desk at the Airport.

Taxi
A taxi fare from Sydney Airport to Sydney CBD is approximately A$50.  If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay in Sydney, here are the contact details of the main taxi companies:

You can request a ride from Uber from either the Domestic or the International terminal of Sydney 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 Sydney’s CBD costs A$43 – 55 and a typical UberBLACK ride (premium ride) to Sydney’s central business district costs A$89-114. For more information on Uber please see here.

Train
There is a train station located at both the Domestic and International Terminals at Sydney Airport. Trains run on average every 10 minutes during the day on a weekday and every 15 minutes on weekends. From the Domestic Terminal, it takes 15 minutes to reach Central Station and 20 minutes to reach Circular Quay. From the International Terminal it takes just a few minutes longer. Lifts are available at both the International and Domestic Terminals for easy transfer of luggage. Fares from Sydney Airport terminals to the CBD are approximately A$17 per adult for a single journey. For more information on departures and prices please visit here.

Transport: Opal Travel Card
Opal cards are the smart ticket system for public transport in Sydney and NSW.
It is recommended that attendees planning to travel on public transport obtain an Opal card or purchase a single Opal card ticket (single tickets are only available at train stations).
Attendees arriving at Sydney Airport can collect an Opal card at the information desk. There are other Opal retailers including selected newsagents, convenience stores and supermarkets.

How to add money to your Opal card:
Topping up your card is simple and easy – pay by card or cash at any Opal card retailer or download the Opal Travel App and apply money to your Opal card via your phone online. Please allow up to one hour for your card balance to update.

Tap off and Tap on: Hold your Opal card or single Opal card ticket against the Opal reader until it turns green – tap upon arrival and tap off upon exiting.

Plan your trip with Opal Travel App
The app provides real time information about local train times, locations and walking distance to your next location.
For more information watch the instructional video: https://transportnsw.info/apps/opal-travel

 

Parking
ICC Sydney has two car park facilities located within the Exhibition Centre and ICC Sydney Theatre, comprising a total of 826 car spaces, including 12 disabled parking bays, 25 motorcycle parking spaces, 50 bicycle racks and 20 electric car charge spaces.

Additionally, there are several secure car parks located in and around Darling Harbour, the closest located at Harbourside Car Park, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont.

Address:
14 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW 2000
ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre Car Park
ICC Sydney Theatre Car Park – Only open on event days in ICC Sydney Theatre

Operating hours:
Monday – Sunday: 24 hours

Parking rates:
0 – 1 hour        A$18.00   
1 – 2 hours      A$30.00
2 – 3 hours      A$38.00
3 – 4 hours      A$44.00
4+ hours          A$49.00
Lost ticket        A$49.00
Night rate – Entry after 1800 and exit before 0400        A$28.00
Per entry, per day

For more information on parking visit the ICC Sydney website.

Banking and Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = A$1). Notes come in A$100, A$50, A$20, A$10 and A$5 denominations.  Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, A$1 and A$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 and American Express.

Business Hours and Shopping

Banks
Banks and post offices generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours Monday to Friday.  Business office hours are 0900 – 1700 hours Monday to Friday.  Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours in many locations.

Shopping
Sydney shops open from 0900 to 1730 hours during the week with late night shopping on Thursday until 2100 hours.  On Saturday, most CBD shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours.  On Sunday, Darling Harbour shops and major department stores in the centre of the city are open from 1000 to 1800 hours.

Climate and Clothing

The Conference will be held during Australia’s Spring. During this time, the weather will be warm with sporadic cool days. The Temperature range during this time of year ranges from 16ºC – 24ºC (52ºF – 75 ºF).

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

Please refer to the information on the social program for dress at social functions organised as part of the Conference as some of these may require formal evening dress.

Eating Out and Tipping

Eating Out
Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor.  Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying.  At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer.  These are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”.

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.

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)

All prices quoted in this brochure are inclusive of 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax), unless otherwise specified.  GST applies to most goods and services in Australia.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) is administered by the Australian Customs Department and enables travelers departing from Australia to claim a refund of the GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia.  For detailed information on the TRS visit the website of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services of the Australian Government.

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance.  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,
  • Medical expenses.

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 language for the Conference is English.

The Metropolis Project

The International Metropolis Project is the largest international network of researchers, policy makers, and community groups engaged in identifying, understanding, and responding to developments in migration and diversity. Our events have been effective in connecting researchers, key decision-makers, and practitioners around the globe, facilitating the production and effective communication of policy-relevant knowledge amongst different stakeholders since the mid-1990s. Our network has steadily developed to include partners in North America, Europe, and Australia, with a growing presence in Africa, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. In a world increasingly characterized by international mobility and large regional displacements, there is an urgent need to exchange scientific knowledge about migration and diversity, and to share experiences, challenges, and best practices in their management. It is our goal that our work will enable such dialogue and that our efforts serve the interests of all parties involved in the migration process. For more information about the International Metropolis Project see https://carleton.ca/metropolis/about-us-2/

Passport, Immigration (VISA), Quarantine and Vaccinations

Passport and Immigration
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. Welcome letters can be requested by emailing the Conference Managers following completion of Conference registration. For VISA information please download the following information factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.

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 see the ‘Information for International Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.

Vaccination
Registration fees do not include insurance.  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,
  • Medical expenses.

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.

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.

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.

Privacy

Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 in 2001. The latest updates were published in 2014.  The Conference Managers comply with such legislation which is designed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information.  Information collected in respect of proposed participation in any aspect of the Conference will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Conference and may also be provided to the organising body or to organisers of future events.  Information may also be used for advice of future conferences in a related area.  See here for more information on Privacy Laws in Australia.

It is also usual to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Conference and to include the individual’s details in such a list.  Consent for publication of the individual’s information may be withheld when completing the Registration Form for the Conference.  Individuals are also entitled to access the information held by written application to the Conference Managers.

Time

Sydney is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Sydney, New South Wales, practices Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time advances the clock one hour during the summer months and usually commences at 2am on the first Sunday in October and ends at 2am on the first Sunday in April each year. During Daylight Savings Time, Sydney is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean time.

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