FOM2014 Information for International Delegates

Airport

The University of Sydney is approximately 9 kilometres from Sydney Airport. Airport Link is Sydney's airport train, with regular services from the International and Domestic terminals to the city taking approximately 15 minutes: www.airportlink.com.au

This link details the variety of transport options from Sydney Airport to the city:www.sydneyairport.com.au/go.aspx

Banking & Business Hours

Banks are generally open Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm.Post offices are open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.Office hours are generally Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Climate

Sydney has a comfortable, temperate climate with warm summers and generally mild winters.The average daily temperature for April is 14-22 degrees Celsius or 58-72 degrees Farenheit.

Currency

Australia uses decimal currency with the dollar being the basic unit (100 cents equals 1 dollar). Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5 denominations. Coins come in $2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Eating Out

Sydney caters for all tastes and budgets. See here for a range of dining precincts:www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/places-to-go/shopping-and-dining

King Street, Newtown and Glebe Point road, both walking distance from the University of Sydney are packed with restaurants to cater to all tastes: www.newtownprecinct.com.au/eatingdrinking, www.glebesydney.com/food.htm

Electricity

The electrical current is 240V. The Australian three pin power outlet is different from many countries, so an adaptor is required for electrical items from different countries.

Getting around Sydney

Sydney's public transport system features a comprehensive network of bus, train and ferry services. Privately operated light rail lines, airport link, sightseeing buses and taxi services complement the network.

The NSW Government's Transport Info site can help you plan your trip, even if it involves changing modes of public transport. Use the site to calculate the best way to get from A to B when travelling to or around Sydney. It also lists fare and timetable information: www.131500.com.au

A taxi fare calculator can be found at www.taxifare.com.au

Click here for other various forms of transport around Sydney:www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/getting-around/public-transport

Goods & Services Tax (GST) & Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

The Goods & Services Tax (GST) in Australia is a value added tax of 10% on most goods and services. The GST amount is shown separately on receipts and invoices.

Using the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) international visitors can claim a refund of the GST that is paid on goods in Australia. The refund only applies to goods that are taken out of the Australia. See here for frequently asked questions on the tourist refund scheme: www.customs.gov.au/site/page4461.asp

Map

For an interactive map of Sydney, see: www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/map

Shopping

Shops are generally open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 6.00pm with late night shopping on Thursday night until 9.00pm. Weekend trading is generally Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm. Supermarkets are open longer hours, generally from 7am - 10pm.

The closest shopping centre to the University of Sydney is Broadway Shopping Centre:www.broadway.com.au/centre-info

The areas of Newtown and Glebe are a short walk from the University of Sydney:www.newtownprecinct.com.au/shopping
www.newtownprecinct.com.au/shopping

Westfield Sydney is located on Pitt St Mall, the main shopping area of the CBD:www.westfield.com.au/sydney

Smoking

The University of Sydney is a smoke free campus.

Time

Sydney is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Tipping

Tipping is not the general custom in Australia. Tipping in restaurants is not necessary, but appreciated for good service.

Venue

The FOM2014 conference will be held in the the Seymour Centre, Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Sydney. This is within the University of Sydney Campus. The campus is located at Camperdown/Darlington within walking distance or a short bus or taxi ride from the central business district. For an interactive map of the campus, see: sydney.edu.au/maps/campuses.

To see how to access the campus by train and bus, see:sydney.edu.au/visitors_community/getting_here/public_transport.shtml

There are a number of places of interest within the University of Sydney:sydney.edu.au/visitors_community/places/index.shtml



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