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Visa Information

Visa Information
​Regardless of how long you intend to stay, you must have a valid Australian visa if you want to visit Australia.

There are multiple visa options, depending on your length of stay, reason for travel and country of origin.

The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website has a visa finder, offering advise as to which visa might be appropriate for your situation.

Letter of Invitation
The DGT 2017 Conference 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. Letters of invitation will only be issued for legitimate conference delegates who have already registered and paid to attend the conference. Invitation Letters may be obtained by contacting Conference Online. Please note that when applying for your Visa you should include a copy of your Conference registration confirmation.

Please note this procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference. It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses. It does not imply any financial support from the Conference.

General Information

Banking and Currency
Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 4.00pm. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available.

Currency exchanges are located at airports, banks and major hotels. All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.  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, MasterCard and Visa.

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.

Delegates carrying commercial goods or samples may need to obtain permits for their goods depending on the nature of the goods, regardless of value. Quarantine and wildlife regulations and other restrictions may also apply to certain goods. All travellers must declare amounts of $10,000 or more in foreign or Australian currency (notes and coins) you take into or out of Australia. For more information visit www.customs.gov.au.

Climate
September is Spring and on the Gold Coast, you will experience warm days with cooler evenings. The average temperatures are maximum of 26 (°C) and minimum of 13 (°C).

Seasonal Gold Coast Weather Table

Season Months Average 
Temperatures
Humidity Rainfall
Summer January
February
December
19°C to 28°C
66°F to 8°2F
Hot to Very Hot
High High
Autumn March
April
May
13°C to 27°C
55°F to 81°F
Warm to Hot
Medium 
to High
Medium
Winter June to
July
August
9°C to 20°C
48°F to 68°F
Warm Days - Cool Nights
Medium Low
Spring September
October
November
13°C to 26°C
55°F to 79°F
Warm to Hot
Medium 
to High
Medium

Electricity
Australian electricity supply 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.

Language
English is the official language of the Conference.

Liability
The Organising Committee and/or the Conference Organisers shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates. 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 and Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)
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.

International travellers can claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on goods bought in Australia. The refund only applies to goods taken as hand luggage upon departure. The refund will be paid on goods costing A$300 or more, bought from the same store. For details visit www.customs.gov.au.

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.