2022 International Congress of Actuaries

3 – 7 April 2022, International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia

General Information

Sydney Transport

Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) is 10km north of the International Airport and takes approximately 20 minutes to reach by car. A regular airport to city bus service operates from approximately 0600 to 2100 hours (not recommended for those with large amounts of luggage). Any queries please see the Travellers Information Desk at the Airport.

Taxi
A taxi fare from Sydney Airport to Sydney CBD is approximately A$50.  If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay in Sydney, here are the contact details of the main taxi companies:

You can request a ride from Uber from either the Domestic or the International terminal of Sydney Airport. Just request your Uber once you have exited the terminal and your driver will meet you at the pick–up area. A typical UberX (low cost ride) to Sydney’s CBD costs A$43 – 55 and a typical UberBLACK ride (premium ride) to Sydney’s central business district costs A$89-114. For more information on Uber please see here.

Train
There is a train station located at both the Domestic and International Terminals at Sydney Airport. Trains run on average every 10 minutes during the day on a weekday and every 15 minutes on weekends. From the Domestic Terminal, it takes 15 minutes to reach Central Station and 20 minutes to reach Circular Quay. From the International Terminal it takes just a few minutes longer. Lifts are available at both the International and Domestic Terminals for easy transfer of luggage. Fares from Sydney Airport terminals to the CBD are approximately A$17 per adult for a single journey. For more information on departures and prices please visit here.

Banking and Currency

Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as 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.

To view the current foreign exchange rates, please visit www.x-rates.com

Climate and Clothing

In Sydney, the average Autumn temperature is as follows:

  • Autumn (Mar-May): 12-25 ºC (55-77 ºF)

Generally Australians are informal dressers. We suggest you bring attire with you for special occasions. A light jacket is recommended for cooler evenings. 

Sunrise and Sunset
The average time the sun rises in April prior to day light saving ending is 7:00am – 7:15am. The average time the sun rises after day light saving is 6:00am – 6:30am
The average the sun sets in April prior to day light saving ending is 6:45pm – 6:50pm. The average time the sun sets in April after day light savings is 5:10pm – 5:40pm.

Eating Out

Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor.  Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying.  At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer.  These are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”. We advise you check with the restaurant if this is a “BYO” restaurant prior to your arrival.

Electricity

Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz.  The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor.  If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch.  If not, you will need a voltage converter.  Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

Flights

Qantas is delighted to be the exclusive airline partner for the International Congress of Actuaries 2022 (ICA2022) being held in Sydney, Australia. Qantas is offering registered delegates and travel partners special discounted airfares which are easily booked online via the dedicated booking portal, which will be available from April 2022. Please note: multiple stopover flights are excluded from this offer.

Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long-distance airline. With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world class customer service; Qantas offers a truly global network proposition for delegates travelling to the International Congress of Actuaries in 2022 (ICA2022).

Goods and Services Tax (GST) / Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

All prices quoted on this website are inclusive of 10% GST (Goods and Services Tax), unless otherwise specified. GST applies to most goods and services in Australia.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) is administered by the Australian Customs Department and enables travelers departing from Australia to claim a refund of the GST and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia.  For detailed information on the TRS visit the website of the Australian Border Force of the Australian Government.

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Congress and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice.  The policy should include:

  • Loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Congress or through cancellation of the Congress,
  • Loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason,
  • Loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia,
  • Failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay,
  • Force Majeure or any other reason,
  • Medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover),
  • Loss or damage to personal property,
  • Additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered,
  • Medical expenses.

The Event Managers, Arinex, Organising Committee and Congress Hosts cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Language

The official language for the Congress is English.

Passport and Immigration (Visas)

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. Welcome letters can be requested by emailing the Professional Conference Organiser, Arinex following completion of your Congress registration.  For visa information please refer to the website of the Department of Home Affairs.

Note – it is strongly recommended that Australian visa applications are lodged at least two months prior to departure from your point of origin.

 

Photography

The Congress Hosts and the Professional Conference Organisers, Arinex have arranged for photography onsite throughout the event.  The images may be used for post-Congress 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.

Planning your Travel

Because of time changes and jet lag we suggest you arrive in Australia a few days prior to the commencement of the Congress. This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Congress.

We also recommend you take the chance to visit the rest of Australia and the Asia Pacific whist you are here for the Congress.

Privacy

Australia operates under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), as amended, and the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches), 2017.  The objective of these is to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information.

Europe operates under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. The GDPR aims primarily to give protection to citizens over their personal data.  The legislation was adopted on 27 April 2016.

The Professional Conference Organisers, Arinex, comply with these legislations and are committed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information.

Arinex will not sell your personal information to third parties.  If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us and we will promptly correct the information.  You may also withdraw your consent for use of your information by advice to us in writing.

 Why do we wish you to provide your information?

We require your information to facilitate provision of information to you regarding the Congress and to facilitate your participation in the Congress.  Information collected in respect of your proposed participation in any aspect of the Congress will be used for the purposes listed below.  You can give or withhold your consent for each or all of these uses.  Please indicate your preferences when completing your registration form but please note that we will be unable to forward any information relating to the Congress or to communicate with you regarding your registration if you select ‘no’ to point 1.

What we will do with your information?

  1. Planning and conduct of the Congress including arrangements for your participation (e.g. accommodation booking);
  2. In the Delegate List published for the Congress;
  3. May also be provided to organisers of future occurrences of this Congress;
  4. May be used to provide you with information of other relevant events in your area of interest.

Important Notes:

  • The parties who will have access to your information (subject to your preference selections on above points) are the Event Managers, the Congress host organisation (points 1 and point 4), delegates, sponsors and exhibitors of the Congress (point 2) and any future organisers of the Congress (point 3).

The parties mentioned above will rely on your above consent indications for the purposes of compliance.

  • You may withdraw your granular consent at any time by notice in writing to the Professional Conference Organisers, Arinex.
  • You are entitled to access the information held by written application to the Professional Conference Organisers, Arinex.

For further information please see our detailed Corporate Privacy Statement 

 

Pre and Post-event Tours

Pre and post-tour suggestions will be advertised in 2021. For any enquiries, please email ica2022@arinex.com.au 

Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries.  Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application.  Animal and plant products are also restricted.

How to declare
When travelling to Australia you will be provided with an Incoming Passenger Card (IPA) by the crew on your aircraft or cruise vessel. This is a legal document. You must mark YES on your card to declare if you are carrying certain food, plant material or animal items. You can take these declared goods with you to the clearance point where they will be assessed by a Department of Agriculture biosecurity officer and may be inspected. Alternatively, you can voluntarily dispose of food, plant material or animal items in bins located in the terminal.

For more information see the ‘Information for International Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.

Shopping

Sydney shops open from 0900 to 1730 hours during the week with late night shopping on Thursday until 2100 hours.  On Saturday, most CBD shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours.  On Sunday, Darling Harbour shops and major department stores in the centre of the city are open from 1000 to 1800 hours.

Tipping

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

Time

Day light saving ends on Saturday 4 April 2020. Sydney is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time during day light saving. From Sunday 5 April 2020, Sydney is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. 

Sunrise and Sunset
The average time the sun rises in April prior to day light saving ending is 7:00am – 7:15am. The average time the sun rises after day light saving is 6:00am – 6:30am
The average the sun sets in April prior to day light saving ending is 6:45pm – 6:50pm. The average time the sun sets in April after day light savings is 5:10pm – 5:40pm.

Vaccination

There is no vaccination required for entering Australia.  However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country but do not hold a vaccination certificate you will receive a Yellow Fever Action Card for further information.  More information can be found on the Department of Health of the Australian Government website.