General Information

Travelling within Australia?
The information below will assist you with your travel to Gold Coast, Australia.

Airport Transfers

Getting to and from Gold Coast Airport

The Gold Coast airport is just a 20 minute drive from Broadbeach North, where the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is located. Please see the following transport options:

Taxi

A taxi fare from Gold Coast Airport to Broadbeach North is approximately A$75.  If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay on the Gold Coast, please refer to:

Gold Coast Cabs – Phone: 131 008. Website: http://www.gccabs.com.au/home

Uber:

You can request a ride from Uber from the Airport. Just request your Uber once you have exited the terminal and your driver will meet you at the Uber pick up point which is located at the northern end of the terminal, outside the departures area. 

A typical UberX (low cost ride) to the GCCEC costs A$34 – 45 and a typical UberSELECT ride (higher end service) to GCCEC costs A$55-73. For more information on Uber please see here.

To get around by the TransLink bus, train, tram and ferry services you require to purchase a ticket. This can be either a paper ticket, a one day limited go explore card or if your staying for a few days, you can purchase a go card and save up on all service fares.

Buses 

The bus route 777 departs every 15 minutes from 07:00 am to 07:00 pm from the airport to Surfers Paradise and Southport.

The bus route 760 departs every 30 minutes from the airport to Varsity Lakes Train Station.

Please visit here to plan your journey or call 13 12 30 for more information.

Trams

The G:link Trams operate between Broadbeach South and Helensvale.

Please visit here to plan your journey or call 13 12 30 for more information.

Sky Bus

The Sky Bus single adult fare from the airport to your accommodation is A$21 and the return fare is A$38. (please check here for your price zone and further services).


Getting to and from Brisbane Airport

To get to and from the Brisbane Airport, the closest train station to the Conference is called Nerang. It is about 15 minutes by taxi or you can also catch a Surfside bus. The above transport options (Taxi, Uber, Trams and Sky Bus) will also assist you from Brisbane Airport.

Business Hours

Banks and post offices generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours Monday to Friday.  Business office hours are 0900 – 1700 hours Monday to Friday.  Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours in many locations.

Climate and Clothing

On the Gold Coast, the average temperatures in August are 10-22 ºC (50-72 ºF)

Please refer to the information on the social program for dress at social functions organised as part of the Conference as some of these may require formal evening dress.

Eating Out

Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor.  Local specialties such as seafood is worth trying.  

Click here to find out more about fantastic Food & Wine experiences on the Gold Coast

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice.  The policy should include:

  • Loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Conference or through cancellation of the Conference,
  • Loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason,
  • Loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia,
  • Failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay,
  • Force Majeure or any other reason,
  • Medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover),
  • Loss or damage to personal property,
  • Additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered,
  • Medical expenses.

The Conference Managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Parking

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre’s car park entrance is at the northern end of the building, accessible from traffic lights off the Gold Coast Highway and the main driveway off TE Peters Drive. 

Undercover car spaces are available for short-term parking. A $12 inclusive of GST flat rate is charged for car parking at the centre.

Operating hours:

Monday – Sunday: 24 hours

Parking rates:

A daily rate of $12 (inclusive GST) is charged for car parking at the Centre. 

 

For more information on parking visit the GCCEC Parking 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.

Privacy

Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 in 2001. The latest updates were published in 2014.  The Conference Managers comply with such legislation which is designed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information.  Information collected in respect of proposed participation in any aspect of the Conference will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Conference and may also be provided to the organising body or to organisers of future events.  Information may also be used for advice of future conferences in a related area.  See here for more information on Privacy Laws in Australia.

It is also usual to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Conference and to include the individual’s details in such a list.  Consent for publication of the individual’s information may be withheld when completing the Registration Form for the Conference.  Individuals are also entitled to access the information held by written application to the Conference Managers.

Shopping

Shops on the Gold Coast open from 0900 to 1730 hours during the week with late night shopping on Thursday until 2100 hours.  On Saturday, most shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours. 

The closest Shopping Centre to the GCECC is Pacific Fair which is newly renovated and offers you more than just shops to explore.

In addition to that you can explore a few other shopping centres nearby such as Surfers Paradise Centre, Chevron RenaissanceHarbour Town, Marina Mirage and Robina Town Centre. Please refer to their websites for individual opening hours.

 

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.

Time

Gold Coast is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Travelling from overseas?
The information below will assist you with your travel to Gold Coast, Australia.

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.

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)

All prices quoted in this brochure are inclusive of 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax), unless otherwise specified.  GST applies to most goods and services in Australia.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) is administered by the Australian Customs Department and enables travelers departing from Australia to claim a refund of the GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia.  For detailed information on the TRS visit the website of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services of the Australian Government.

Language

The official language for the Conference is English.

Passport and Immigration (VISA)

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.  Welcome letters can be requested from dietitians@arinex.com.au following completion of Conference registration.  For VISA information please download the following information factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.

VISA FACTSHEET 

Note – it is strongly recommended that Australian visa applications are lodged at least two months prior to departure from your point of origin.

Planning your Travel

Because of time changes and jet lag we suggest you arrive in Australia a few days prior to the commencement of the Conference.  This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Conference.

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 Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.

Vaccination

There is no vaccination required for entering Australia.  However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country but 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.

Interested in Attending?

If you are interested in attending the Conference and would like further information and regular updates, please register your interest below.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Expression of Interest

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for DAA 2019, please express your interest by clicking the link below: 

Sponsorship and Exhibition Expression of Interest Form

 

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Open:
Now open

Workshop/Seminar Submission Open:
Now open

Workshop/Seminar Submission Close:
30 January 2019

Abstract Submission Close:
27 February 2019

Early Bird Registration Open:
15 April 2019

Early Bird/Author Registration Deadline:
12 June 2019

Standard Registration Open:
13 June 2019

Conference Dates:
12 – 14 August 2019

Hosted By

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Conference Managers

Arinex Pty Ltd
DAA 2019 Conference Managers
Arinex Pty Ltd
ABN 28 000 386 676
Level 10, 51 Druitt Street, Sydney
NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9265 0700
Fax: +61 2 9267 5443
dietitians@arinex.com.au