Visa and Insurance

All travellers to Australia (except Australian and New Zealand citizens) must have a valid visa before arriving in Australia. At a minimum, you should apply for your visa 6 weeks before you intend on arriving in Australia.

After you have registered for the congress, you will receive an acknowledgment letter you can use as a supporting document to assist with your visa application.

Once you’ve registered and received your acknowledgement letter from the congress, use the Australian Government’s Visa Finder to determine the right visa for you.

Apply for a Visa

Getting to MCEC

The congress venue is easily accessible via tram, train, bus, or taxi/uber. You can also arrive to MCEC by car, with plenty of convenient and secure parking options available in and around the convention centre. Please visit the MCEC website for further information.

For further information regarding accessibility, such as wheelchair access, vision or hearing impairment, parent rooms, cloak rooms and charging stations, please visit the MCEC website.


The average temperature in Melbourne during September is around 17 to 20 degrees celcius, so don’t forget to pack a jacket for your trip!


The primary language of English is spoken within Australia, but more than 100 languages are spoken by residents of Melbourne. The official language of the congress is English.


The Australian Dollar (AUD) is the currency and tender of Australia. You can exchange foreign money before your trip, at the airport upon arrival or at one of Melbourne’s currency exchange outlets conveniently located around the city.

Most major credit cards are accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants. VISA and MasterCard are accepted at the congress registration desk. Amex or personal/company cheques are not accepted at the registration desk.

Telephone and time zone

Melbourne’s time zone is GMT+10

The International Dialing Code for Australia is +61 and for Melbourne is +613.

Australian bushfires

For information about bushfire safety in Victoria, please refer to Visit Victoria’s website.