General Information


Monday – Friday: 0930 – 1600/1700
There are numerous 24 hour automatic teller machines (ATM) within the Darwin City Centre.


Darwin enjoys a winter-free tropical climate averaging 30°C (86ºF).

From May to September the days are mild, characterised by gentle southeast trade winds and blue skies; the nights are balmy and cool.

May is the ideal time to see the Territory as it marks the transition from the monsoon season to the dry season. The dry season, from May until October, is characterised by warm, dry sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures typically range from 22°C to 32°C.

Casual clothing is a mark of Darwin lifestyle, but smarter attire is expected in the hotels and restaurants. Pack light, comfortable clothing, good walking shoes and a hat.


Decimal currency is used in Australia - units are dollars and cents. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.


The electrical supply is 240 volts, 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat, 3-pin plug of unique design. Most hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers.


English is spoken throughout Australia and is the official language for the Conference.

Mobile Phones

Australia operates on a digital network, therefore analogue mobile or cell phones cannot be used.


Darwin City retail shopping hours:

Mon-Thu 9am - 6pm
Fri 9am - 8pm
Sat 9am - 4pm
Sun 10am - 3pm


A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods, and is included in retail prices.


Service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. You may tip hotel porters and restaurant wait-staff (up to 10% of the bill) if you wish to acknowledge exceptional service. At any time, tipping is your choice.


From the airport
The Conference does not provide any transfers from the airport to the Conference venue or hotels. All delegates must make their own transport arrangements from the airport. A taxi from the airport to Darwin City costs approximately $30. There is a taxi rank at the airport. Metro Mini Bus (phone 08 89325577) offers an airport shuttle service for $18 per person per trip and can be booked online at

Travel and Health Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.

Wheelchair access, or other mobility disability access, during Conference

The Darwin Convention Centre has full disability access. When you register, please notify the Conference Secretariat of mobility disabilities you have, so your needs can be accommodated.

Program Book available to download

Click here to download the Program Book.

Key Dates

  • Online Registration Closes
    16 May 2016
  • Conference dates
    26 - 28 May 2016