International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group Conference
 

Planning your Arrival to Australia

Visa Information

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa before travel. Travellers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival, with the exception of New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders, who will usually be issued a visa on arrival in Australia provided they meet health and character requirements. All visitors should apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns.

A facility for electronically issuing visas, The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system, is currently available through international travel agents and airlines in over 30 countries including the US, UK, parts of Western Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This system also includes pre-clearance for entry which reduces the time needed to process passengers on arrival. Your local Australian Embassy or Consulate can advise of the availability.

For non-ETA countries, visas are issued from Australian Embassies and Consulates around the world. In non-ETA countries, we recommend that you apply early for your visa.

International participants for ILROG may be eligible for the following visas:

Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)(Subclass 601)(business stream)

eVisitor (Subclass 651)(business stream) visa

Visitor (business stream)(Subclass 600) visa

Temporary Work (short stay activity) (Subclass 400) visa

For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia to attend the ILROG Conference, you should:

Determine which visa you are eligible to apply for, ie. ETA (Subclass 601)(business stream), eVisitor (Subclass 651)(business stream), Visitor (subclass 600)(business stream) visa. Please refer to the links above.

Apply for your visa at least 8 weeks before your intended date of travel to Australia (or two weeks if you are from an ETA or eVisitor eligible country) as visa processing times may vary.

Consider Australia's health and character requirements, which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.

If you are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa or ETA, ensure you obtain a confirmation of your registration, or a letter of invitation, to attach to your Visitor (Subclass 600)(business stream) visa application.

For further information regarding Australian visas, please visit: www.border.gov.au

Invitation Letters

ILROG will offer invitation letters to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment. Invitation Letters can only be requested once payment of registration has been received.

Official Acceptance and Invitation Letters may be obtained by contacting the Conference OfficePlease note that when applying for your Visa you should include a copy of your Conference registration confirmation.

Customs

Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.

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

April is Autumn (Fall) and in Melbourne you will experience pleasant days with cooler evenings. The average temperatures are maximum of 20 (°C) and minimum of 11 (°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 ILROG 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.

Tax

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

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 service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. NO service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.