Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Brisbane, Australia ● 30 July - 3 August 2012
The 23rd International Nursing Research Congress will be conducted at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Airport: The Brisbane Airport (BNE) is the closest airport to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Attire: Business casual is appropriate for the educational sessions and welcome reception. The weather will be mild, but temperatures may vary inside the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Wearing layers of clothing is suggested. It is also recommended that you bring an umbrella for occasional rain and a light jacket for evenings.
Currency: The national currency is the Australian Dollar. Learn more about currency conversions.
Banks: Banks in Australia are open Monday through Friday, usually from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Some branches are open on Saturdays. An Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or bank machine is available in the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Bank of Queensland: +61 7 3336 2420
SunCorp: +61 7 3362 1222
Money Exchanges: Multiple Travelex locations are in the Brisbane Airport. There is also a Travelex located at the in The Myer Center of the Queens Street Mall.
Queen Street Mall, The Myer Centre
91 Queen Street
Brisbane, Queensland, 4000
+61 7 3210 6325
Hours of Operation
Monday 9:00 a.m. (09:00) – 5:30 p.m. (17:30)
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. (09:00) – 5:30 p.m. (17:30)Wednesday 9:00 a.m. (09:00) – 5:30 p.m. (17:30)Thursday 9:00 a.m. (09:00) – 5:30 p.m. (17:30)Friday 9:00 a.m. (09:00) – 8:00 p.m. (20:00)Saturday 9:00 a.m. (09:00) – 5:00 p.m. (17:00)Sunday 10:00 a.m. (10:00) – 4:00 p.m. (16:00)
Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Travelers Checks are accepted in most establishments.
Customs: The customs desk is located in the Brisbane Airport on Level 1 of the International Terminal. Please note that all baggage being brought into Australia is subject to screening by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service for prohibited goods.
For more information, please visit the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website. For a guide for international travelers to familiarize themselves with restricted goods laws and duty-free concessions, download Know Before You Go from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website.
Dining: You have a variety of dining options within the South Bank area of Brisbane. Please visit the Visit Brisbane website for more information.
Electricity: The standard electrical voltage is 240 volts/50 Hz. The Type I Electrical Plug has two flat, oblique blades that form an inverted V, and a grounding blade.
The hotel does not provide adapters but does have them available for purchase in the gift shop. Bringing your own adapter is recommended.
Entry Requirements: ALL visitors to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane regardless of the length of stay. View complete information on the entry requirements into Australia.
Foreign Consulates: Learn more about consulates in Australia.
Insurance: STTI has made arrangements with The Travel Authority (TTA) to provide congress participants the option to purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance covers financial losses incurred while traveling including cancellation, interruption or delay, loss or delay of baggage, emergency medical transportation and medical expenses incurred while travelling. TTA also provides 24 hour travel assistance for emergency travel changes and pre-travel advice including information about visas, vaccines and travel advisories. Plans cost between US $58 and US $150 per trip. For more information or to purchase insurance, contact The Travel Authority by phone at 1.317.489.9698 (Direct) or 800.255.1501 (U.S./Canada toll free).
Internet: The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has complimentary Wi-Fi access for all participants. Please note this free service is limited to 256K of bandwidth, making it suitable for light browsing and checking e-mail.
Language: The official language of the research congress is English. The official language in Australia is English. In the tourism industry, English, French, Italian and German are also spoken.
Religion: To find a nearby church or religious gathering area, please contact visit the Southbank Institute of Technologies website.
Shopping: Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall is Queensland's premier shopping destination. This vibrant shopping and lifestyle precinct lies at the heart of Brisbane City and is arguably Australia’s most successful pedestrian mall, playing host to over 26 million visitors a year. The Queen Street Mall offers an unrivalled mix of local, national and international labels and flagship stores. Some 700+ retailers have made their homes here – many enjoy mall and street frontage, others are tucked away inside world-class centres and heritage-listed arcades. Restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas, salons and day spas, 5-star hotels and a grand casino sit right on the mall. A five-minute stroll will see you exploring Brisbane City’s galleries and museums, parklands and the gorgeous riverside.
Taxes: The GST (Goods and Services Tax) is a broad sales tax of 10% on most goods and services transactions in Australia.
Telephone: To make an international call from Australia, dial the access code 0011 then your country code and phone number.
Cell Phone: Contact your service provider to learn if there are compatible companies in Australia that can provide cell phone service. Cell phones can be rented daily for local use. Ask your travel agent for information.
Emergencies: Please see the information below in case of an emergency. We recommend notifying an STTI staff member of any emergencies so we too may assist you.
Emergency Telephone Numbers:
Police, Fire & Ambulance: 000
(ph 3163 8111)
The Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital at Herston
(ph 3636 8111)
Princess Alexandra Hospital at Woolloongabba
(ph 3176 2111)
Time Zones: Ten hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Daylight Savings Time is not observed in Brisbane.
Tipping: Tipping is not generally considered to be a part of Australian culture. Please see visit this Trip Advisor website for more information.
Taxis: Taxi ranks are conveniently located at both the International and Domestic Terminal. At the Domestic Terminal, the taxi rank can be found in front of the terminal.
At the International Terminal, the taxi rank is located the northern end of Arrivals on Level 2.
For more information, please contact:
Black and White Cabs
Buses: Coachtrans Australia is the Brisbane Airport's only licensed bus operator. Coachtrans meets all flights, domestic and international, and offers a door-to-door service. The facilities include continuously staffed customer service counters, information services to arriving passengers, exclusive curbside parking for easy passenger access, air-conditioned buses operating on a door-to-door basis, seven days a week, one way or return.
Brisbane City and CBD
Coachtrans Australia services all major accommodation houses, door-to-door in Brisbane CBD, including Kangaroo Point and the Brisbane Transit Centre.
Phone: +61 7 3358 9700
Car Rental Offices at the Brisbane Airport
International Terminal: The car rental customer service desks are located on level 2.
Domestic Terminal: The car rental customer service desks are located on level 1.
For current car rental rates and specials, please contact the car rental companies directly.
Car Rental Companies:
Have a transportation-specific question? Call +1.317.634.8171 (International) or 888.634.7575 (U.S./Canada toll free) or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Weather: Brisbane has a mild climate during July/August. In July/August the average low is 9˚C (49˚F) and the average high is 21˚C (69˚F). Weather information can be found here.
Weights and Measures: The metric system is used in Brisbane. View conversion information.