Getting to the venue
The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River in South Wharf, just minutes away from Melbourne’s central business district and 25km from Melbourne Airport.
The SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross train station. This is an express service that departs every 10 minutes. Once at Southern Cross Station, catch a tram (or walk for about 10 minutes) to the MCEC. For further information and costs on the SkyBus, visit the website at: www.skybus.com.au
Taxis are available on the ground floor level outside all three terminals. Ask the taxi driver to drop you off at the closest taxi rank located at the main entrance (Convention Centre Place).
By hire car
You can pick up a car from one of five rental companies at Melbourne Airport. Parking is available at the MCEC. For information on cost, access etc, please visit the website at:
If you park under the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, please park near doors 6 & 7 so that you are near the walkway as that is the closest to the exhibition (bays 11 & 12) and session rooms in the Convention Centre (stair 3 or escalator to level 2).
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane regardless of the length of stay. All international delegates, apart from New Zealand citizens, must obtain a Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia.
Australia’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is an electronically-stored authority for travel to Australia for a short-term tourist or business entry. ETAs are issued within seconds of being requested through computer links between the Australian Immigration Department, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers around the world. Over 30 countries around the world have access to the free ETA system.
Conference delegates from non-ETA countries will need to obtain a Business (short stay) visa, even if some tourism activities are planned for part of the stay in Australia. It is called a 456 visa if it is issued as a label into a passport. Details are available from the Australian Department of Immigration website (www.immi.gov.au) for more information
Please ensure you organise your documentation well in advance of travel. As visa processing times may vary, you are encouraged to apply for the appropriate visa 6-8 weeks before your departure to Australia. Your passport must be valid for the period of your intended stay in Australia.
Please note that in order to be granted a visa to visit Australia you must demonstrate that you meet ALL the legislative requirements for visa grant.
For further information about visa applications please visit: www.immi.gov.au