Banks, Currency and Foreign Exchange Banking hours are generally 9.30am - 4pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30am - 5pm Friday. Automatic teller machines (ATM) are widely available for cash withdrawal. Mobile phone payments via Google Pay, Apple Pay etc. are widely available.
Australian currency is the dollar ($) and consists of coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents as well as notes of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
Most banks are equipped to exchange foreign currencies and there are also facilities at all airports.
Climate The average temperatures for Wollongong in July are 17C (63F) during the day and 10C (50F) at night.
Electrical Supply In Australia the electricity supply is 240V 50Hz AC. Adaptor plugs for international visitors will not be provided at the conference. Adaptor plugs are readily available from travel shops or from airports.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a value added tax of 10% on most goods and services sold in Australia. All prices quoted, whether in a shop or a restaurant should include the GST amount, unlike the equivalents in some other countries. The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia. For detailed information on the TRS, go to the Australian Border Force website.
Dining Out and Shopping As with any large city, there is a wide variety of restaurants available to cater for all tastes. Details and maps will be provided closer to the conference.
Time Zone The time zone in Wollongong is GMT +10 hours.
Tipping Tipping is not required in Australia, however, it is entirely up to you if you wish to do so.
Visas Visas are required for all international visitors with the exception of New Zealand citizens travelling on a New Zealand Passport. For further information, visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. If you require a Letter of Invitation as part of your Visa application process, please contact the Conference Chair as soon as possible. Request a Letter of Invitiation