34th World Congress of the International Society
for Education through Art (InSEA 2014)

General Information

On this page:

Airport and Transport
Banking and Currency
Business Hours
Climate and Clothing
Eating Out
Electricity
Goods and Services Tax / Tourist Refund Scheme
Insurance

Language
Mobile Phones
Passport and Visa Important Information
Privacy
Quarantine
Shopping
Time
Tipping


Airport and Transport

SkyBus is an express bus service from Melbourne airport to Southern Cross Station in the city centre. This service operates 24/7, including all public holidays and takes approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Buses run from every 10 minutes throughout the day. $18 Adult - one way - return $30. Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the airport terminal bus stop or purchased online at www.skybus.com.au.

On arrival at Southern Cross Station in the city, SkyBus provides a complimentary hotel transfer service, subject to availability, during the following hours: 0600-2230 Monday to Friday; 0730-1730 Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit www.skybus.com.au.

There is an abundance of taxis that can be engaged at ranks at Melbourne Airport. The taxi ride from the airport to the Melbourne CBD can take between 30-45 minutes and may cost about $50 - $70 depending upon the time of day.

The Congress does not provide any transfers from the airport to Congress Hotels. All delegates must make their own transport arrangements from the airport.

Public Transport Ticket System

myki

myki is your ticket to travel on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses, V/Line commuter train services and buses in Seymour, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, the Latrobe Valley and Warragul.

The reusable smart card is easy to use. Simply top up before your journey and then touch on and touch off at a myki reader as you travel. You can buy and top up your myki at close to 800 retailers including all 7-Eleven stores, the ticket office window at Premium Stations and staffed V/Line commuter stations, from a myki machine (full fare myki cards only) located at all train stations and major tram and bus interchanges, on this website and by calling 1800 800 007 6am - midnight daily.

Buying a myki Visitor Pack

You can buy a myki Visitor Pack from the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station and from the PTV Hub. myki can also be purchased from the concierge desk at many hotels and accommodation providers. Ask at your hotel for the myki Visitor Pack.

Visitor pack costs

A full fare myki Visitor Pack costs $14 and includes $8 myki money for travel.

http://ptv.vic.gov.au/assets/PDFs/Brochures/myki-visitor-pack-updated-March-2013.pdf


Banking and Currency

Australia's currency consists of coins of five, 10, 20 and 50 cent and one and two dollar denomination; and notes of five, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar denomination. Foreign exchange facilities are available at banks, hotels and airports. All major credit cards including Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club are accepted at most restaurants and shops.


Business Hours

Banks are open from 0930 to 1600 Monday to Thursday, 0930 to 1700 on Fridays and are closed on Saturday and Sunday. General office and post offices are open 0900 to 1700 Monday - Friday.


Climate and Clothing

With its variable climate, Melbourne is very cold in winter (June to August), with temperatures averaging 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. It is recommended that visitors bring clothing suitable for cold days and nights.


Eating Out

Melbourne is a multi-cultural city and a wide range of cuisine is available throughout its many restaurants.


Electricity

The electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz and has a unique flat three-pin connection therefore you will need an adaptor. Most hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers.


Goods and Services Tax (GST) / Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

Australia has a taxation system incorporating the Goods & Services Tax (GST). All prices quoted are inclusive of 10% GST, unless otherwise specified.

The TRS enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia.

To claim a refund you must:

  • Spend $300 (GST inclusive) or more in the one store and get a single tax invoice
  • Buy goods no more than 30 days before departure
  • Wear or carry the goods on board the aircraft or ship and present them along with your original tax invoice, passport and international boarding pass to a Customs Officer at a TRS facility
  • Claims at airports are only available up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight.

The refund only applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear onto the aircraft when you leave Australia. It does not apply to services or goods consumed or partly consumed in Australia, such as wine, chocolate or perfume. However, unlike other tourist shopping schemes, most of the goods, such as clothing and cameras, can be used in Australia before departure.
The TRS is open to all overseas visitors and Australian residents.

The GST refund is calculated by dividing the total amount of the purchase by 11. The WET refund is 14.5 percent of the price paid for wine. For example, if you buy goods for a GST-inclusive price of $660 you will receive a refund of $60. If the $660 is made up of a camera ($460) and wine ($200), you will receive a total refund of $89 (total GST refund of $60 plus $29 WET refund on the wine).


Insurance

It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Congress and book your travel you take out an insurance policy. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Congress, or through cancellation of the Congress, 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. The Congress 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

English is spoken in Australia and is the official language for the Congress.


Mobile Phones

Australia operates on a digital network therefore analogue mobile phones are unable to be used.


Passport and Visa Important Information

All travellers to Australia, other than New Zealand, require a valid entry Visa prior to travel to Australia. Delegates should, in most cases, apply for a short stay business visitor visa (subclass 600).

Please download the Business Visitors Factsheet for further information.

Australian Immigration Laws are very strict; therefore check with your travel agent or nearest Australian Consulate.

If you require a letter of invitation for visa purposes, you must first register and pay to attend the Congress and indicate on the registration form that you will require a letter of invitation.

The Congress Secretariat is unable to assist with processing or obtaining visa applications, other than verifying your intention to attend the Conference. Visas are granted at the discretion of the Australian Embassy.

Further information on passport and visa requirements can be obtained from www.immi.gov.au.


Privacy

Australia has strict laws which are designed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information. The Congress Secretariat complies with all this legislation and any Information collected in respect of proposed participation in any aspect of the Congress will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Conference.

Provision is made in the registration form for delegates to choose whether they wish for their details to be included in a ‘List of Participants’ of attendees.


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 Travellers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website, which you can access by visiting www.affa.gov.au.


Shopping

Most shops in Melbourne are generally open from 0900 to 1700, Saturday to Wednesday and 0900 to 2100 Thursday to Friday. In all stores and shopping centres major credit cards are accepted and tax-free shopping is possible within the city. Walking is the best way to shop, especially along Melbourne's arcades and laneways. Outside the city centre, visit shopping precincts like Chapel Street in South Yarra, Acland Street in St Kilda and Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, especially on weekends. Here you'll find everything from retro home wares to funky shops selling cult-in-the-making jewellery. These strips also have many street cafes.


Time

Local Melbourne time is Greenwich Mean Time plus 8 hours.


Tipping

Tipping is not the general custom in Australia and is not usually as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for good service.