General Information

Getting Around

The IOSCO 2019 Annual Meeting venue and official contracted hotels are located within Sydney’s central business district (CBD), 10km north of Sydney International Airport.

There are many modes of transportation from the airport to Sydney CBD, such as:

Train

Train stations are located at both the Domestic and International Terminals at Sydney Airport. Trains run on average every 10 minutes during the day on a weekday, and every 15 minutes on weekends. From the International Terminal, it takes 15 minutes to reach Central Station, and 18 minutes to reach Town Hall station.  Lifts are available at both the International and Domestic Terminals for easy transfer of luggage. Fares from Sydney Airport terminals to the CBD are approximately A$17 per adult for a single journey. For more information on departures and prices please visit here.

The closest train station to the conference venue, and Mantra on Kent is Town Hall station.

The closest train station to the Metro Hotel is Central station.

Bus

A regular airport to city bus service operates from approximately 0600 to 2100 hours (not recommended for those with large amounts of luggage). Any queries please see the Travellers Information Desk at Sydney International Airport.

Taxi

A taxi fare from Sydney Airport to Sydney CBD is approximately A$50.  If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay in Sydney, here are the contact details of the main taxi companies:

Uber

You can request a ride from Uber from either the Domestic or the International terminal of Sydney Airport. Just request your Uber once you have exited the terminal and your driver will meet you at the pick–up area. A typical UberX (low cost ride) to Sydney’s CBD costs A$43 – 55 and a typical UberBLACK ride (premium ride) to Sydney’s central business district costs A$89-114. For more information on Uber please see here.

 For assistance in planning your trip, please visit the City of Sydney trip planner.

Time

Sydney is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.  Sydney, New South Wales, practices Daylight Saving Time.  Daylight Saving Time advances the clock one hour during the summer months and usually commences at 2am on the first Sunday in October and ends at 2am on the first Sunday in April each year.  During Daylight Savings Time, Sydney is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean time.

Climate and Clothing

In Sydney, the average temperatures per quarter are as follows:

  • Spring (Sep-Nov):  11-24 ºC (52-75 ºF)
  • Summer (Dec-Feb): 17-26 ºC (63-78 ºF)
  • Autumn (Mar-May): 12-25 ºC (55-77 ºF)
  • Winter (Jun-Aug): 8-18 ºC (46-64 ºF)

Please refer to the information on the social events program for dress at social functions organised as part of the Event.

Shopping

Sydney shops open from 0900 to 1730 hours during the week with late night shopping on Thursday until 2100 hours.  On Saturday, most CBD shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours.  On Sunday, Darling Harbour shops and major department stores in the centre of the city are open from 1000 to 1800 hours.

Banking and Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = A$1). Notes come in A$100, A$50, A$20, A$10 and A$5 denominations.  Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, A$1 and A$2 denominations.  Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours.  Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa and American Express.

Eating Out

Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor.  Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying.  At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer.  These are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”.

Electricity

Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz.  The Australian 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.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) / Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)
Australian goods and services tax (GST)

A 10% GST applies to most goods, services and other items purchased or consumed in Australia.

For information on GST, please see the Australian Taxation Office website.

Tourist refund scheme

The TRS allows Australians and overseas visitors to claim a refund of the GST and wine equalisation tax (WET) paid on certain goods bought in Australia and then taken out of Australia.  You must have an original tax invoice for the goods in order to make a claim.

The TRS is administered by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. For information on TRS, please visit here.

The mobile and web versions of the TRS app can be downloaded from here. 

The WET is administered by the Australian Taxation Office. For information, please see here.

For a short summary on TRS, please visit the Sydney International Airport website.

Photography

 The Conference Hosts and Conference Managers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the event.  The images may be used for post-Conference reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested.  If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform the photographer and move out of camera range.

Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries.  Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application.  Animal and plant products are also restricted.

For more information see the ‘Information for International Travellers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.

Tipping

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world.  Tipping is at your prerogative; a reward for service. A gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received.  Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

Vaccination

There is no vaccination required for entering Australia.  However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country and do not hold a vaccination certificate you will receive a Yellow Fever Action Card for further information.  More information can be found on the Department of Health of the Australian Government website.