Brisbane enjoys a climate of vibrant summers and mild winters. Average temperatures in August range from a minimum of 10°C (50°F) and maximum of 22°C (71.6°F).

Important travel information

Tourist refund scheme
International travellers can claim back the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) they have paid on goods bought in Australia that they are taking with them when they leave the country. The tax can be claimed back at international airports and seaports under the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS), subject to conditions such as an AUD300 minimum purchase from one store.

Travel insurance
The Congress Managers recommend that delegates purchase travel insurance including cover for non-refundable congress registration fees. Travel insurance must be purchased in the country of residence.

All travellers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, are legally required to hold a valid visa or electronic travel authority (ETA). It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and completed before you commence your journey. Delegates must register for the Congress before lodging their visa/ETA application. Following your registration, you will receive an acknowledgement letter. This is all you require from the Congress Managers in order to make your visa/ETA application. We recommend you apply for your visa/ETA at least 10 weeks before you travel (earlier in some cases). For more information, contact your nearest Australian Embassy/ Consulate or view the Australian Department of Immigration website


Air travel
Brisbane Airport is located approximately 20 minutes by road from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, catering for flights from all major Australian capital cities and major international flights. For more information see the Brisbane Airport website at

Key airline contacts include:
Pacific Blue:
Virgin Blue:

Airport transfers


The Airtrain rail service links Brisbane domestic and international airport terminals to the Brisbane CBD. The service takes approximately 22 minutes into the CBD and South Brisbane and costs AUD15.50 one way (cost as at July 2012) & $31.00 return (cost as at July 2012). It also links to services to the Gold Coast. Tickets can be purchased (with cash or credit cards) via vending machines on the platform or online on the Airtrain website. 
ICA 2012 delegates will receive a special discount by presenting this letter at the vending counter. Special discount of $20 return journey (subject to specific travel dates) 
For Queensland Rail timetables and further information call TransLink on 13 12 30 or visit:
Queensland Rail:
Coachtrans operates a shuttle service between Brisbane domestic and international airports and the Roma Street Transit Centre and city hotels. It operates a fleet of air-conditioned coaches, 7 days a week and meets all major flights into Brisbane’s domestic and international airports. The service runs every 30 minutes from 0515–2315 hours daily. The cost is AUD15 one way per adult and AUD8 one way per child (prices correct as at April 2010; subject to change without notice). For reservations telephone +61 7 3358 9700 or book online at Bookings can also be made at the domestic and international terminals.

There are two main taxi companies operating within Brisbane. Taxis from Brisbane airport to the city centre take approximately 30 minutes and cost approximately AUD40.

For bookings phone:
Black & White Taxi’s:  131 008
Yellow Cab:   131 924

Hire cars

Six car rental companies operate from the Brisbane airports. To make a booking prior to your arrival contact:
AVIS Car Rental:
Red Spot:
Hertz Car Rental:
Thrifty Car Rental:

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Take advantage of simultaneous interpretation of keynote & plenary sessions & some parallel presentations. Sessions will be available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese 

Program matrix available

Poster presentation schedule available

Governance and business meeting schedule available 
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