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Information

Gender Policy

ComBio2020 strives to achieve gender balance in all aspects of the conference. The committee endeavours to achieve this through balanced female and male representation on the organising committees and as session chairs, as well as through invitations to high quality speakers of both sexes.

Discount Airfares

The ComBio2020 committee feels it is in the best interest of delegates to shop around for a bargain, as airfares vary so much.

Airport Transfers

A taxi trip from the Melbourne Airport to the Melbourne Convention Centre costs approximately $60, depending on the time of day. Details of shuttle service from airport to Melbourne City can be found at: www.skybus.com.au

Melbourne CBD Free Tram Zone

A Free Tram zone operates in the Melbourne CBD, so getting around Melbourne has never been easier, or more affordable. The Free Tram Zone includes the area from the iconic Queen Victoria Market, across to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street and over to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square.

Travel on trams within this zone is free, and you don’t need a Myki travel card, however, if your journey starts or finishes outside the boundaries of the Free Tram Zone, you must have a valid myki travel card and "touch on" at the reader to make sure you have a valid ticket. Myki cards can be purchased at major train stations. Although the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is just outside the Free Tram Zone, when you cross the Yarra River to STOP 124 (Batman Park), you will be in the Free Tram Zone. Special Free Tram Zone signs at tram stops now also identify the boundaries of the zone.

Map with Conference Hotels and Venue

A map detailing the locations of the conference hotels, MCEC and the Melbourne Acquarium will be available in late April 2020.

Information for International Visitors

Passports and Visas

All non-Australian citizens must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. A visa is a stamp or label in a passport; a travel authority is an electronic record authorising travel into Australia. Every person travelling to Australia has a personal responsibility to obtain a visa for their stay in Australia. The ComBio2020 organisers cannot take responsibility for obtaining visas.

For information on the appropriate visa for travel to Australia, or entry into Australia, visit the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) website www.immi.gov.au/index.htm or contact the Australian Overseas Mission in your country, See www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/index.htm for your closest Australian visa office.

You should allow 4-6 weeks for your visa to be processed.

Please note that ComBio2020 involvement does not guarantee that visas will be approved.

Travel and Arrival

It is strongly recommended that international visitors from Europe and America allow at least one day in which to adjust to the time difference. Travellers crossing the Pacific will lose one day when crossing the International Date Line.

Medical and Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended that international visitors seek advice and take out appropriate travel insurance and medical cover. Overseas visitors are required to pay in full all medical expenses incurred while in Australia. The conference organizers accept no responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.

Weather

The average September temperature in Melbourne is a cool 17°C (63°F). For more information, including weather forecasts, please visit Australian Bureau of Meteorology (Victoria) www.bom.gov.au/weather/vic

Power

Australia uses 240V 50Hz AC electrical power. Please ensure you have an appropriate adapter if you wish to use your own electronic equipment.

Currency and Banking

The Australian Dollar ($A) is a decimal currency with units in dollars and cents. Check the currency converter on the website: www.xe.com.

Currency exchange facilities are available at the international airport, major hotels and city banks. Normal banking hours are Monday - Thursday 09:30 to 16:00 and 09:30 to 17:00 Friday. Banks are closed weekends but ATMs are available 24 hours per day.

Tipping

Tipping is not widespread or regulated in Australia, and is generally recognized as a reward for exceptional service rather than expected for every transaction. In a more expensive restaurant, a tip of about 10% is usually appropriate.