General Information

Airport Transfers

Sydney’s Central Business District is 10km north of the International Airport and takes approximately 20 minutes to reach by car. A taxi costs approximately AUD$25. A regular airport to city bus service operates from approximately 6am – 9pm (however is not recommended for those with  large amounts of luggage). Any queries please see the Travellers Information Desk at the Airport.

Taxi

A taxi fare is approximately AUD $25.00.  If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay in Sydney please find some contacts of the main taxi companies below:

Taxis Combined |Phone: 13 33 00

Premier Cabs |Phone: 13 10 17

Silver Service |Phone: 13 31 00

Accessing ICC Sydney & Transport Information

Please see link here

Trains

There is a train station located at both the Sydney Airport Domestic and International Terminals.   Trains run on approximately every 10 minutes during the day on a weekday and every 15 minutes on  weekends. From the Domestic Terminal, it takes around 10 minutes to reach Central Station and 15 minutes to 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 City are approximately AUD$17.00 per adult for a single journey.

Further Airport Link information

Opal Card

The Opal Card makes getting around on public transport in Sydney and its surrounds easy for C&P Conference delegates. You can travel anywhere from the Blue Mountains to Bondi, or Goulburn to Scone, all you need is an Opal card.  Opal cards are smartcard tickets that you keep, reload and reuse to pay for travel on public transport. Simply add value to your Opal card then tap on and tap off to pay your fares on trains, buses, ferries and light rail – anywhere within the Opal network.

For more details on the Opal Card please follow this link – https://www.opal.com.au/

Banking and Currency

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

Business Hours

Banks and post offices generally open from 0930 to 1600 hours from Monday to Friday.  Business office hours are 0900 to 1730 hours from Monday to Friday.

Climate and Clothing

September to November is Spring in Australia with temperatures ranging from 10-20 ºC.

Generally Australians are informal dressers.  We suggest you bring a jacket and tie with you for special occasions.  A light jacket or cardigan/shawl is recommended for evenings.  Please refer to the information on the social program for dress at social functions organised as part of the Conference.

Eating Out

Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor. Some restaurants you can reduce your alcohol bill down by taking your own wine or beer (these are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”).  Please check with the restaurant prior to arrival for liquor regulations prior to arrival.

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 on this website are inclusive of 10% GST (Goods & 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 travellers departing Australia to claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (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

Language

The official and most widely spoken language in Australia is English, and is also the official language for the C&P 2017.

Parking

Information on parking at International Convention Centre Sydney will be provided closer to the event on the conference website and in the delegate pre-arrival letter.

Passport and Immigration (VISA)

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.  Visa letters can be requested from the Conference Organisers following completion of Conference registration.  For VISA information please download the information fact sheet from the Australian Immigration Office.

Privacy

Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2012 in March 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 event and may also be provided to the organising body or to organisers of future events.  Further information on Privacy Laws in Australia can be found at www.oaic.gov.au

It is also usual to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees prior and 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.

For information on Corrosion & Prevention 2017’s privacy policy, please refer to the Australasian Corrosion Association’s website www.corrosion.com.au under Terms of Use.

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. Penalties will apply for those not following Quarantine laws.

Shopping

Sydney Shops open from 0900 to 1700 during the week with late night shopping on Thursday.  On Saturdays and Sundays most shops are open from 0900 to 1900.

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 good service.  It is customary to tip hotel porters and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants.  Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

Time

Sydney is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.  In November 2017 Sydney will be operating on Daylight Savings.

Vaccination

There is no vaccination required for entering Australia.  However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country but do not hold a vaccination certificate you will receive a Yellow Fever Action Card for further information.  More information can be found on the Department of Heath of the Australian Government.