Changing Money

International airports and major hotels provide money changing facilities. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 4.00pm, and Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards such as VISA and Mastercards, are widely accepted. Some vendors bill small surcharges on credit card purchases.

Currency

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.

Customs

Delegates carrying commercial goods or samples may need to obtain permits for their goods depending on the nature of the goods, regardless of value. Quarantine and wildlife regulations and other restrictions may also apply to certain goods. All travellers must declare amounts of $10,000 or more in foreign or Australian currency (notes and coins) taken into or out of Australia. For more information visit www.border.gov.au.

Electricity

Australian electricity supply is 240V, 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug.

Language

English is the official language of the ICBNI Conference.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

International travellers can claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on goods bought in Australia. The refund only applies to goods taken as hand luggage upon departure. The refund will be paid on goods costing AUD$300 or more, bought from the same store. For details visit www.border.gov.au.

Nearby Accommodation

The University of Queensland is easily accessible from nearby suburb Toowong or from Brisbane CBD via public transport