General Information

  • Police – Emergency – 000
  • Police – General Assistance – 131 444
  • Launceston General Hospital 03) 6777 6777
  • Launceston After Hours Medical Service (03) 6331 4588
  • Airporter Launceston City 1300 385 522
  • Taxi Combined Services Launceston 131 008
  • Qantas – 13 1313
  • Virgin Blue – 13 6789
  • Jetstar – 131 538

 

Whilst we have endeavoured to ensure all information is accurate, all details provided are subject to change without notice

Travel arrangements

Launceston is not an International airport, so visitors from overseas will enter Australia through one of the International airports in eastern Australia, or Perth in Western Australia, and pass through Immigration and Customs at one of those airports.

There are direct flights to Launceston from several east-coast airports, including Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.  Delegates from Europe, North and South America are likely arrive in Sydney or Melbourne.  Delegates from South Africa could travel via Perth, then to Melbourne, as there are currently no direct flights from Perth to Launceston or Hobart.

Delegates arriving in Launceston by air can travel to the city via coach, Uber or Taxi.

An overnight ferry service for vehicles and passengers operates from Melbourne to Devonport (100 km northwest of Launceston), with a bus service connecting to Launceston, but you must book for the bus to collect you from the ferry terminal.

Dress

Dress throughout the conference is neat casual. Dress for each function is indicated in the function description.

Insurance

The registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. Participants are advised to take out personal insurance, including cover for travel, accommodation and personal possessions. Neither the Organising Committee or Conference Design Pty Ltd covers individuals against the cancellations of bookings for any reason including cancellation or postponement of the conference or for theft or damage to belongings.

Name Badges

Name badges will be issued when registering at the conference. For security purposes the conference name badge must be worn at all times during the conference and social functions.

Privacy

Conference Design Pty Ltd will gather and record personal information necessary for your attendance at the Conference. Personal information will be gathered, stored and disseminated in accordance with the National Privacy Principles

Smoking

The conference and social functions are non-smoking

Weather/clothing

The weather in Launceston in March is most likely to be fine and mild; average daily maximum 230 C, minimum 100, with on average 4 wet days in the month.  UV levels are likely to be high so be prepared with sun screen and a hat for the field visits on Tuesday and Thursday (we will provide sun screen and possibly hats).

You will not need heavy coats, or raincoats (if it’s wet on the field trips we will find shelter in a shed or the busses).  You should bring a jacket or pullover in case of cooler days or evenings.

Biosecurity

Biosecurity is particularly important, as some of our exports depend on Tasmania being free of certain pests and diseases.  Please do not bring fresh foods with you; it is likely you will encounter a quarantine inspector with a detector dog at Launceston and Hobart airports.  We will provide plastic covers for footware on the farm visits.  Please take precautions.

Special Requirements

Please note any special requirements, for example dietary or mobility, when registering for the conference. All special requirements will be forwarded to the venue. For pre-arranged special dietary requirements please make yourself known to the waiting staff at all functions.

International Delegates

Changing Money

International airports and major hotels provide money-changing facilities. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 5.00pm. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards, particularly VISA and Mastercards, are widely accepted.

Currency

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.

Electricity

Australian electricity supply is 240V, 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug.

Language

English is the official language of the Conference. Translation services are not provided.

Visas

Visas.  See www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/ente/goin/arrival/travel-documents-for-entry-to-australia

Australian citizens have an automatic right of entry to Australia, and do not require a visa. Australian citizens need only to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:

  • a valid Australian passport or other acceptable travel document
  • a completed and signed Incoming Passenger Card.

 Most New Zealand citizens are granted an electronic Special Category Visa (SCV) on arrival in Australia, subject to meeting health and character requirements.

To be eligible for the Special Category Visa, New Zealand citizens need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:

  • a valid New Zealand passport
  • a completed and signed Incoming Passenger Card, including health and character declaration.

New Zealand citizens who hold a travel document other than a New Zealand passport are not eligible to be granted a Special Category Visa on arrival, and therefore should apply for a visa prior to travelling to Australia.

 All passengers other than Australian and New Zealand citizens need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:

  • a valid passport or other acceptable travel document
  • a valid visa or authority to enter Australia (including electronic visas)
  • a completed and signed Incoming Passenger Card, including health and character declaration.

We recommend you seek the assistance of you travel agent to obtain a Visa, or work though the requirements described on the web site above.  Allow plenty of time to obtain your Visa.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) lets you claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) that you pay on certain goods you buy in Australia and then take out of Australia with you or in your checked luggage or carry-on bags.

More information: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Tour/Are-you-a-traveller