Useful Information

TIME

Melbourne is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+10).

CLIMATE AND CLOTHING

Spring (Sept–Nov): 10°C-20°C (50°F-68°F)
Summer (Dec–Feb): 14°C-25°C (57°F-77°F)
Autumn (Mar–May): 11°C-20°C (52°F-68°F)
Winter (Jun–Aug): 7°C-14°C (45°F-57°F)

Generally, Australians are informal dressers. We suggest you bring a jacket and tie with you for special occasions. A light jacket is recommended for evenings. Please refer to the information on the social program for dress at social functions organised as part of the Congress, as some of these may require formal evening dress.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES

Wherever you go, drop by a local visitor information centre to help you get the most out of your stay in Melbourne.

BANKING AND CURRENCY

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar is the basic unit (100 cents = A$1). Notes come in A$100, A$50, A$20, A$10 and A$5 denominations. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, A$1 and A$2 denominations. Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops. The most widely used being Mastercard, Visa and American Express.

Banks and post offices open from 0930 to 1600 hours Monday to Friday. Business office hours are 0900 to 1700 hours Monday to Friday. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours in many locations.

EATING OUT

Melbourne is renowned as a vibrant multicultural city with an exciting dining scene to match. A leader in food trends and dining experiences, Melbourne is surrounded by the highest quality natural produce and innovative chefs, This is evidenced in its diverse dining scene teamed with quirky bars, sophisticated venues and a renowned coffee culture. Melbourne provides an ever-changing feast for the senses with new restaurants and bars popping up around town. For inspiration about where to dine in Melbourne, visit What's on Melbourne.

TIPPING

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is at your discretion; a reward of service. A gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional. 

SHOPPING

Let your tour of the city take in department stores and shopping centres, arcades and laneways and the flagship stores of edgy Victorian designers.

Melbourne Shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours during the week with late night shopping on Thursday and Friday until 2100 hours. The hours in the CBD and shopping centres on Saturdays are generally from 1000 to 1700 hours, and on Sundays from 1000 to 1900 hours.

Go to Visit Melbourne for more information.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The Congress hosts and managers will arrange for photography onsite throughout the event. The images may be used for post-event reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested. If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform the photographer and move out of camera range.