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9th ICHRE Conference, International Conference on Human Rights Education 2018 - Transport

Destination & Transport Information

NB: Campus Shuttle Information

Delegates intending to travel from the Parramatta City Campus (Central) to Parramatta South Campus in Rydalmere (Conference Venue) return, please download and use this shuttle ticket below for unlimited rides during the Conference.

Welcome to Parramatta

Here are some useful links to help you find all the information you need about the city of Parramatta:

Sydney and New South Wales

For those who wish to undertake individual excursions of Human Rights-interest places in Sydney, the following sites may be helpful:

For other general information on visiting Sydney and New South Wales, visit:

Visa Information

Australian Visa Options for Participants of the 9th International Conference on Human Rights Education.    
 
Visa applications:

Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).  For more information, see the fact sheet: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/corporate/information/fact-sheets/17nz

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting Australia.

Please refer the attached Business Information Sheet for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for your event participants. 
 
Participants should also refer to the General Information for Visa Applicants - Fact sheet.
NB: These are the visa options available presently but the Department reserves the right to change regulations. Assistance will NOT guarantee a visa grant. Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa.

For additional background relating to:
visas for people to come to Australia for tourism or business purposes, please see: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visi/Visi
visas for people to come to Australia to participate in an event as an invited participant,  please see: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/408-
visas for people to come to Australia to undertake short-term, highly specialised work,  please see: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/400-

Letter of Invitation

If requested, the 9th ICHRE will offer invitation letters to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment. Letters of invitation will only be issued for legitimate conference delegates who have already registered and paid to attend the conference. Invitation Letters may be obtained by contacting Conference Online. Please note that when applying for your Visa you should include a copy of your Conference registration confirmation.

Please note this procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference. It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses. It does not imply any financial support from the Conference.

Getting to Parramatta

By Air

Parramatta lies at the geographical heart of Sydney and is well serviced by ferry, train, bus and road networks and is within easy reach of the Sydney CBD and Sydney Airport.

Taxi

Each terminal at Sydney Airport has its own sheltered taxi rank with supervisors on hand during peak times to ensure a smooth flow of taxis for travellers.

The approximate fare from Sydney airport to Paramatta is $100 - $120 (one way) and takes about 45min. Passengers pay for any bridge or road tolls on top of the fare (these fares are in Australian dollars and are based on non-peak traffic conditions). A $4.00 airport toll is payable by all passengers taking a taxi from any of Sydney Airport’s taxi ranks.

By Ferry

The River Express travels between Circular Quay and Parramatta Wharf every day between 7am and 7pm. It is one of Sydney’s must do experiences with a picturesque route to Parramatta passing riverside suburbs, wetlands and Sydney Olympic Park. The journey takes about 1.5 hours and the approximate fare is $7.60. For more information visit: www.transportnsw.info or call: 131 500

Train

There are train stations located at both the International and Domestic terminals, which operate as part of the Airport Link train service. The Domestic terminal train station is located directly between T2 and T3 terminals. The International terminal train station is located at the northern end of the terminal and is accessible from the Arrivals level. Cost: $18.40, duration: 45min. For more information visit: www.airportlink.com.au

Parramatta Station is located at the Parramatta Transport Interchange, a 10-minute bus ride from the University. The Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains train lines service Parramatta Station. For more information visit: www.sydneytrains.info or call: +61 2 8337 8417

Bus

Public buses are leaving Parramatta CBD approx. every 7 minutes and the Parramatta South Campus is only a 11 minute ride away. Smith Street after Philip Street bus stop and Victoria Road near Wilde Avenue are the closest stops of the CBD hotels. A one way trip costs about $2.50.

To travel from Parramatta to the Parramatta South Campus, catch Sydney Buses M52, 520, 521, 523, 524 and 525 services. Please note these services are PrePay only. Sydney Buses, Hillsbus, Hopkinsons, Metrobus and Veolia Services run frequent bus services between the Parramatta Transport Interchange and the University during peak periods. For more information visit: www.transportnsw.info

Airport Transfers

Anytime Shuttle is a Sydney Premium Airport Shuttle Bus Service. Anytime Shuttle provides a safe and reliable DOOR-TO-DOOR airport shuttle service in Sydney. A single fare from the airport to Parramatta is approximately $60.00. For more information visit: www.anytimeshuttle.com.au

Car

Parramatta is 24km from central Sydney (Google Map coordinates).

The Parramatta South Campus is located on the corner of Victoria Road and James Ruse Drive in the suburb of Rydalmere. Entrance to the Parramatta South Campus is via Victoria Road.

There is free parking for conference participants in the blue bays at Parramatta South Campus and in the yellow bays at Parramatta North Campus (directly opposite the Parramatta South entrance on Victoria Road). Parking permits are available from the conference website, the app or the registration desk. These need to be printed and displayed in your vehicle window.

More WSU Parking Info

General Information

Banking and Currency

Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 4.00pm. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available.

Currency exchanges are located at airports, banks and major hotels. All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. Decimal currency is used in Australia (AUD) and currency units are dollars and cents. Australian notes are: $100, $50, $20, $10, $5. Coins are: $2, $1, 50, 20, 10, and 5 cents.

Australian currency fluctuates on the international monetary exchange. Therefore, we recommend checking with your local bank for the exchange rate just prior to your arrival in Australia or visit www.x-rates.com for the current exchange rates.

Credit Cards

Most hotels, large restaurants and shops will accept international credit cards, the most widely recognised being American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

Customs

Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.

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) you take into or out of Australia. For more information visit www.customs.gov.au

Electricity

Australian electricity supply is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian flat 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.

Health

Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever- infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

Insurance

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Language

English is the official language of the Conference.

Liability

The Organising Committee and/or the Conference Organisers shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.

No Smoking Policy

Delegates should be aware that smoking is banned in public buildings and many hotels and restaurants throughout Australia, including the Conference Venue.

Tax and Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

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 A$300 or more, bought from the same store. For details visit www.customs.gov.au

Tipping

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. NO service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bills.