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ONF OIMT & OTCC Meeting

18-22 March 2019

Sydney, Australia

 

1 Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at 

Cisco North Sydney

Level 24

177 Pacific Highway

North Sydney, New South Wales 2060

Australia

 

Please register for the meeting by 1 Mar 2019 and indicate which days you will be present. Cisco Australia is hosting this meeting. If you change your mind and can’t attend, then please make sure you un-register.

1.2 Facilities

Two rooms have been booked, Procket and Perfigo , both have room for 24 people.

Internet access is provided.

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be available for breaks.  Lunch will be provided daily . Please advise Chris Hartley of any dietary restrictions.

2. Hotel Information

There are many hotels in Sydney which will be suitable.

Since the Cisco office is close to the North Sydney Train station and parking will be difficult in the city, try to find a hotel close to a train station.

http://www.sydneytrains.info/stations/network_map

 

2.2 Restaurants

There are plenty of these in Sydney !

3. Airport Information

Sydney has an International airport - Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport - SYD ( https://www.sydneyairport.com.au/ ) with direct flights to many cities.

There is a train from Sydney Airport, which costs about $A18 to the city.

https://www.airportlink.com.au/

 

4. Visa Information for Australia

Visa requirements vary on a country-per-country basis. Please check the site below to see what your options are.

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1

 

There is also an online tool to help you select the correct Visa at
https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/visit

Select “attending a conference or expo”

 

If you need an invitation letter for a visa application, please contact Chris Hartley with the following information:


  1. First Name as on the Passport
  2. Last name as on the Passport
  3. Title
  4. Job Title
  5. Country of Employment
  6. Gender (Male/Female)
  7. Company name
  8. Nationality as shown on passport
  9. Date and Place of Birth
  10.           Passport Number
  11.           Passport issue date
  12.           Passport expiry date
  13.           Passport Place of Issue City
  14.           Passport Place of Issue state
  15.           Passport Place of Issue country
  16.           Departure date (from home country)
  17.           Arrival date in Australia
  18.           Return date (from Australia)
  19.           Do you also require a business support letter ?
  20.           Do you already have a valid Australian visa ? If so, indicate type and provider

 


An invitation letter in PDF will be sent to you. Please indicate if a hard copy is needed.

5. Sydney Tourist Information

https://www.sydney.com/

 

6. Weather

Sydney should be warm enough for short sleeves in March, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney#Climate

7. Other Information

7.1  Currency & Exchange

Currency is the Australian dollar. There are currency exchange counters at the Airport.

 

7.2 Automated Teller Machines (ATM) for Foreign Travelers

Travelers who carry internationally recognized ATM/Credit cards can get a cash advance in Australian dollars at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) installed at airports, major hotels, department stores, banks and tourist attractions.

 

7.3  Emergency Number

In case of emergency please dial 000.

 

7.4  Business Hours

Shopping hours vary per shopping centre and location.

Most centres are open from 9 am to 9 pm Mon-Fri.

Saturday shopping hours are usually 9 am to 5 pm.

Sunday shopping hours are usually 11 am to 5 pm.

Banking Hours depends on the bank and are generally 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday. Some banks do open on Saturday.

Government hours are Mon-Fri from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

 

7.5  Electricity

Australia has its own unique electric outlets, providing 240 V @ 50   Hz. The picture below shows the standard outlet type.

 

 

 

7.6. Tipping

Tipping is rare apart from tipping taxi drivers, but tip if you wish.

 

7.7 Tax

Tax is included in the listed prices.

 

7.8 Customs

Australian customs is very strict. Basically, avoid bringing in any food or anything of animal or plant origin. If in doubt, declare it and let customs decide.

There are also limits on how much of duty free items you can bring into the country (alcohol, tobacco …) as well as foreign currency limits.

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/ente

 

7.9 Medical Emergencies

In case of a Medical Emergency call 000 for an ambulance or go the emergency room of the nearest Hospital.

 

7.10 Mobile coverage

“Australian networks use the GSM standard. This is the same as most other countries, although some places like the US and Japan also rely on CDMA. If you have a CDMA-only phone you will not be able to access 3G networks in Australia, which means no talk and text. You may be able to access 4G networks, but 4G networks are data-only.”

“In Australia, 850MHz, 900MHz, and 2100Mhz are the common 3G frequencies. B1, B3, B5, B7, B7, and B28 are the main 4G bands. If you want to use a phone in Australia, it will need to support these frequencies and bands.” https://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones/Guides/Will-my-phone-work-in-Australia-carrier-network-frequencies

8. Contacts

The contacts for this meeting are

Chris Hartley

chrhartl@cisco.com

Office: +61 8 8124 2211

Mobile: +61 407 794 176

 

 

 

Disclaimer : while care has been taken in producing this document, it is up to each traveller to check the requirements for their trip and no guarantee is given regarding the correctness or completeness of this guide.

North Sydney Map showing the closest train station and the venue.

 

 

 


Part of Sydney Rail Map

 

 


Some of the many items that Australian Customs confiscates

 

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/ente/brin/can-i-bring-it-back/can-i-bring-it-back-top-20