General Information

Once you have submitted your abstract and paid your registration it's time to plan your journey to Australia.

Firstly we encourage you to determine if you require a VISA to enter Australia. Australia is a very warm, friendly and inviting Country but we do have strict laws about what you can bring with you and where it has been sourced from.

In this way the Australian people hope to preserve the thriving and unique flora and fauna our Country has to offer.

When you arrive in Brisbane you will need accommodation, unless you are fortunate enough to have family or friends residing here. The ISB 2017 secretariat have researched and negotiated specific Congress accommodation that we feel best suit the needs of travelers both domestic and international. There is a plethora of choice of accommodation in the Brisbane, South Bank and CBD precincts. Check out the accommodation choices here.

Below we have provided some general information to assist you in planning for your time in Brisbane. If there is anything you need to know before you travel please do not hesitate to contact the ISB Congress secretariatwe are here to help.


Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia - units are dollars and cents. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia. Visit www.xe.com for current exchange rates.


Banks

Normal banking hours are Monday to Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm and Fridays 9:30am-5:00pm, excluding public holidays. 24 Hour Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found throughout the City and Shopping Centres.

There are four major banks in Australia which offer a full range of banking services including currency conversions and sales of travellers cheques including Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Bank, ANZ Bank and the National Bank.


Time

Local Brisbane time during September is – Greenwich Mean Time plus 11 hours.


Climate

The weather in Brisbane is comfortable and sub-tropical. The city of Brisbane enjoys a very enviable climate of brilliant hot summers and clear mild winters. These enticing attributes ensure that Brisbane is idyllic for visitors all year round.

Whilst summer maximum average temperatures generally linger around 30°C, the summer months have some extremely hot days. Sunscreen, hats and protective clothing is essential in Brisbane throughout summer and is highly advised throughout the year.

The winter is mild and very pleasant. Most winter days are sunny with average temperatures of around 17°C. Average monthly rainfall over the year is around 96 millimetres. With an average of 8 hours of sun per day.


Grocery Shopping

Most stores and outlets are open from 9:00am to 5:30pm during the week with late night shopping on Thursdays to 9:00pm. On Saturdays and Sunday shops are open between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

For general day to day items that you may require during your time the nearest grocery stores include:

IGA

IGA Super Store 103 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane (closest to the Brisbane Conference & Exhibition Centre)
http://stores.iga.com.au/storelocator/state/qld.html

Woolworths

Woolworths, 259 Queen Street, Brisbane, 4000 heart of the city and near the Brisbane GPO (General Post Office)
http://www.woolworths.com.au/storelocator/service/storefinder/supermarkets/postcode/4000#

Coles

Coles. https://www.coles.com.au/store-locator/searchstores
Two stores one in the CBD and West End on the south Brisbane side of the river.

Queen St & Edward Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Mollison St & Boundary Rd, West End, QLD 4101

Other convenience store brands include 7Eleven, Lucky7, NightOwl.

All three supermarket chains offer a variety of mixed goods, food, fruit and vegetables.


Travel & health insurance

The Congress does not provide insurance to delegates. We strongly recommend that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.


Pharmacy

Chemmart

The nearest Chemist (Pharmacy) in South Bank is Chemmart - Shop 2, 189 Grey Street, South Brisbane.

Other Pharmacies include Amcal Chemist, Priceline Pharmacy and Chemist Warehouse:

Chamist Warehouse Priceline Pharmacy Amcal Chemist

Pharmacy Guild

Be sure to check for the Pharmacy Guild sign when looking for your pharmaceutical requirements.


Wheelchair access or other mobility disability access

When you register, please notify the Congress Secretariat of any mobility disabilities you have so that any venue access challenges can be addressed.


Transport from the airport

All delegates must make their own transport arrangements from the airport. A train is available direct from the airport to the Congress Centre (South Brisbane Station). The following are estimates only of travel costs from the airport to the central business district.

  • Taxi: $35 - $45
  • Train Link to Central Station: $15

ISB 2017 delegates can utilise the Airtrain from the Brisbane International Airport, download your Airtrain discount voucher here.


Public transport around Brisbane

Getting around South East Queensland using public transport is easy. On http://translink.com.au/travel-information you'll find timetables, maps and destinations, plus everything you need to know about catching a bus, train and ferry. There is also information about late night services and safety and security.

For ease of travelling around Brisbane ISB 2017 delegates have the opportunity to pre purchase a Go Access Travel Card for unlimited zone travel throughout Brisbane during the Conference. For more information on the Go Access Travel Card, please click here.

One of the easier ways to orientate you with the city of Brisbane is to catch a City Explorer. You will become familiar with your surroundings and have the opportunity to take in some of the key sites around the Brisbane city and surrounding areas. http://theaustralianexplorer.com.au/brisbane-explorer.html


Taxes

A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods and is included in retail prices. All fees are quoted in Australian Dollars and are subject to GST.

Australia offers a Tourism Refund Scheme which enables travelers to apply for a refund on the Goods and Service Taxation on items you purchase in the Country. For details and how to claim please visit https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Tour/Are-you-a-traveller.


Tipping

Tipping is not the general custom in Australia and service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. However, you may tip hotel porters and food and drink waiters in restaurants (up to 10% of the bill) for special service. At any time, tipping is at your discretion.


Eating Out

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is located in South Bank, a unique riverside cultural and entertainment precinct where an array of restaurants and cafes offer varied menus, prices and décor. Local seafood delicacies are recommended and include Oysters, King Prawns, Queensland Mud Crab, Balmain Bugs and Barramundi. These are delicious when accompanied by Australian wines, many of which have won major international awards.


Mobile Phones

Australia operates on a digital network.


Things you cannot bring into Australia

Australia has very strict importation laws and like most countries we place great emphasis on protecting out native fauna and flora from infectious diseases and other hazardous substances. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) provides quarantine inspection services for the arrival of international passengers, cargo, mail, animals, plants or their products exported from Australia. For more information regarding specifically what you are able to bring into Australia visit the Australian quarantine and Inspection Service website at www.aqis.gov.au.

Page information up to date as of 28 October 2016 AEST.

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  • Call for abstracts Open
    1 November 2016
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    1 November 2016
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    14 November 2016
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    30 December 2016
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    7 January 2017
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    20 January 2017
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    28 February 2017
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    17 March 2017