2014 FIA Mobility Conference - Practical information

2014 FIA Mobility Conference - Practical information

Here are some useful tips that may come in handy for your visit to Australia.

  • Australian Visas

Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home and it is recommended that you apply for your visa six to eight weeks prior to departure.

Participants from the European Union and/or Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of San Marino, Slovak Republic , Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom – British Citizen and the Vatican City will require an eVisitor visa. The application must be lodged online and more information can be found here.

Participants from Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea or the United States will require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa. The application must be lodged online and more information can be found here (including lodging ETA visas for accompanying family members and partners).

Participants from all other countries can apply as business visitors through the Visitor Visa (subclass 600). Please refer to this page for lodgment requirements. Details are outlined as to which participants may lodge their applications online and which participants must lodge their applications through the local Australian Embassy.

Further information can be found here or you can contact the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection through your local Australian visa application centre. Click here to find your nearest outlet.

Should you have any other questions or queries, please contact Anusha Jayasinghe, Events and Conference Coordinator RACV on +613 97903125 or [email protected].

Australian Customs and Quarantine

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service manage the security and integrity of Australia's borders. It does so by protecting the Australian community and the interception of illegal drugs and firearms is a high priority. For more information on Australia’s customs and quarantine processes and laws, click here (and refer to page six onwards).

  • Health and Safety

Australia’s stable political system, well-maintained roads, low crime rate and high standard of health care make it a safe and relatively easy country to explore. Click here for some common-sense tips that will allow you to safely enjoy Australia’s unique landscapes – from the vast outback to wild ocean beaches and pristine wilderness tracts. Information about general health and safety, vaccinations, medical services and health insurance can be found here.

  • Road Safety

Should you wish to drive in Australia, click here for some helpful tips.

  • Money and Exchange Rate

Australia’s currency is Australian Dollars (AUD) and currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, JCB and their affiliates. Click here to determine the current conversion rate.

  • Weather and Time Zone

September sees the end of winter and beginning of spring in Melbourne. Though temperatures can reach about 25 degrees Celsius toward the end of the month, the average temperature throughout the month is around 17 degrees Celsius. Click here for more information. Australia has three different time zones and Melbourne falls into the Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) UTC + 10. More information can be found here.

  • Sites and Attractions

There are many things to see and do right around Australia. Here you will find a map of some key attractions should you wish to plan a broader Australian experience. Do you want to have easy access to your Australian experience where ever you go? Download Tourism Australia’s free app here.

  • General Information

For general information on visiting Australia, please click here.

  • RACV

A group of motoring enthusiasts created the Automobile Club of Victoria in December 1903 to promote members’ use and enjoyment of motor vehicles. Receiving the royal seal of approval in 1916, RACV has since become a multi-faceted, member focused organisation, offering diverse products and services to more than 1.9 million Victorians.

The main member activities are emergency roadside assistance, technical advice on vehicles, driver training, research into road safety and vehicle design, touring and travel tips and the RoyalAuto magazine. RACV also strongly advocates for members on many mobility-related issues, including petrol prices, road funding and safety.

In addition to running quality lifestyle clubs in Melbourne’s CBD and Healesville, RACV also operates impressive resorts at Cape Schanck, Cobram, Inverloch, Torquay, the Gold Coast and Noosa. RACV’s commercial products include a full range of insurance services.

As a Victorian icon built on servicing members’ needs, RACV takes its broader obligations as a responsible corporate citizen seriously. It funds philanthropic community-based projects and causes through its charitable trust, the RACV Foundation. RACV also supports community-focused organisations through an active partnership program and has a staff volunteer program