General information

Banking

ATMs are located nearby at the Buranda Village shopping centre, corner of Ipswich Rd and Cornwall St, Buranda. There are no automated teller machines (ATMs) at the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE).

 

Car parking

Street parking is covered by the Dutton Park Parking Control area with a 2 hour limit Monday to Friday, 7am – 7pm unless parking signs indicate otherwise. PACE car park entry is on Kent St – level 1 is for staff with permits, and level 2 has short term paid parking. Be aware that UQ Traffic and Parking patrol the PACE carpark, and Brisbane City Council patrol street parking and they do issue fines.

 

Climate

‘Beautiful one day – perfect the next’ – that is what they say about Queensland which boasts an enjoyable subtropical climate year round. Brisbane is blessed with wonderful, warm sunshine throughout the year and is the perfect location for visitors to enjoy a range of activities – sport, picnics in parks, bushwalking, water sport and other relaxing forms of recreation.

October temperatures average between 16-27oC with warm, sunny days tempered by cool sea breezes. Remember to pack sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat if you will be spending time outdoors and to drink plenty of water.

 

Disability access

PACE’s concourse entry has disabled access and there is lift access to all floors including car parking levels. There are disabled toilets on every floor. Please advise during the registration process if you have any specific requirements.

 

Dress

A smart casual / business attire dress code applies for all conference sessions. Lounge suit / cocktail dress for the conference dinner is requested.

 

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate medical, travel and personal insurance before travelling.

 

Internet access

Eduroam can be used at PACE and details about the wireless network can be found here.

 

Invitation letters

Letters of invitation will not be issued for this conference. To assist in obtaining any necessary visas that you may require, it is essential that you complete the online registration form and finalise payment in a timely manner. An official tax invoice and confirmation email will be issued to you, which you will be able to submit with your visa application.

 

Language

The official language of the conference is English.

 

Liability disclaimer

In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the conference organisers accept no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delegates.

 

Money

Australia has a decimal system of dollars and cents. Exchange facilities are available at Brisbane Airport or city banks. Credit cards are widely accepted. Commonly recognised cards are American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard (only Visa and MasterCard are accepted for conference transactions). For currency exchange rates please click here.

 

Name badges

The wearing of identification badges is mandatory and will be required for admission to all sessions. These will be provided at the conference registration desk upon your arrival.

 

No smoking policy

Delegates should be aware that smoking is not allowed in public buildings and many hotels and restaurants throughout Australia, including the conference venue.

 

Passport and Visa requirements

Please refer to the Visa options for Conferences, Trade Fairs, Seminars or Expos as well as Visa Application Requirements for visa information.

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. If you are planning to visit Australia to participate in a business event such as a conference, and you are not being paid by an organiser for your participation in the event, you may be eligible for an ETA (subclass 601), eVisitor visa (subclass 651) or Visitor (Business Stream) visa (subclass 600).

To apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) please visit www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHECK YOUR VISA REQUIREMENTS WELL IN ADVANCE OF YOUR DEPARTURE DATE.

 

Time Zones

Brisbane operates on Eastern Standard Time, which is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For international delegates, we suggest you allow at least one day in which to adjust to the time difference. Travellers crossing the Pacific will lose one day by crossing the International Date Line.

 

Tipping

There is no tradition of tipping in Australia, it is therefore not expected and service is given with a smile. However, where the service has been excellent, you may tip if you wish. About 10% of the bill is usual if the service is exceptional.