Letter of Invitation
Invitation letters can be downloaded from your registration dashboard. This letter assists with your Visa application. You will be able to download an invitation letter once you have paid for your registration fee in full and have entered in your passport details.
How to download the invitation letter:
log onto the registration dashboard as a return delegate by entering your email and password.
Scroll the menu to the "Document" section and select the button “Enter Details”.
Every field must be filled in for a Visa letter to be generated. Once all details have been filled in, click “GO”. You will be taken back to the main screen and now a button “Download letter” will appear and by clicking this it will generate a PDF visa letter.
ALL travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their flight.
Travellers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival. For many countries, the visa is paperless and added automatically to your air ticket. Check with your travel agent if uncertain.
Information on attending an event in Australia can be found at http://www.border.gov.au/Busi/Trav/Conf (Visa Arrangements for Events, Conferences and Meetings in Australia).
You can apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) directly through the following link www.eta.immi.gov.au
Details for contacting the appropriate visa office closest to the applicant's place of residence can be found at http://www.border.gov.au/about/contact/offices-locations
Handy Australian Websites
Tourism Australia - www.australia.com
Australian government - www.australia.gov.au
Australian news / media - www.abc.net.au
Australian exchange rates -www.rba.gov.au/statistics/frequency/exchange-rates.html
Australian currency - www.dfat.gov.au/facts/currency.html
Australian weather - www.bom.gov.au
Smartraveller - The Australian Government's travel advisory and consular information service. www.smartraveller.gov.au
This site is designed to help you get through the security checkpoints at the airport quickly and easily. It will help you understand the aviation security measures in place at Australian airports and why they are necessary. It provides information on preparing for your trip, what you are prohibited from taking on board, and travelling with children, medicines or sporting equipment. It also provides a number of videos that explain the screening process and liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions. This site will be updated with new information to reflect changes in airport security arrangements as they occur.
Australian customs - www.customs.gov.au/knowbeforeyougo/default.asp
Currency and Exchange
The official currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD) Australian currency is comprised of notes and coins and are of decimal currency. In view of the currency, you may occasionally see prices such as $2.98, this figure is rounded up to the nearest five cents, in this case $3.00
Money exchanges can be found all around the city and most major tourist destinations. Banks also offering money exchanging services and cashing of travellers cheques.
Throughout Melbourne you will find numerous Currency Exchange desks, most hotels also have exchange rates at the Reception Desk, however, some hotels have a limit to what you can exchange.
All the major banks also offer money exchange services and cashing of travellers cheques. Your passport will be needed for indentification purposes when cashing travellers cheques.
Banks and Banking Hours
Normal banking hours are Monday - 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:
Australia uses 240V mains electricity and use 'three point' power sockets. Please click here to view the standard plug used within Australia, Type I. Universal adapters are available from most gift stores and electrical shops around the city.
To find out more please visit Electricity World Standards
Melbourne tap water is filtered, fresh and safe to drink. It conforms with Australian and international drinking water standards.
Trading hours are generally:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm but some operate 10:00am - 6:00pm and many stay open late Friday night until 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
GMT + 10:00 hours then GMT + 11:00 hours during daylight savings (October - April where clocks are advanced one hour)
Open seven days a week, Melbourne and Victoria's visitor information centres are staffed by friendly, professional and trained people with extensive local knowledge. They can provide reliable information on attractions, activities and events, help you make reservations for accommodation or sightseeing tours, or give up to the minute advice in the area.
There are two main information centres in the Melbourne CBD:
Melbourne Visitor Centre
2 Swanston St
Phone: 03 9658 9658
Melbourne Visitor Booth
Bourke St Mall
Phone: 03 9658 9658
Keep an eye out for the City Ambassadors in various locations around the CBD dressed in their distinctive red uniforms. These volunteers are here to assist you with your enquiries.