This conference is the second CLA regional meeting and the theme of the Conference reflects our rapidly changing world and the ongoing challenges for lawyers in the 21st Century. Current trends in Human Rights Law; Corporate & Commercial Law; The Legal & Judicial profession and other contemporary legal topics will be included in the business programme although particular emphasis will be placed upon issues of importance within Australia and the wider Pacific region. The sessions will offer practical training and expertise which will provide and further develop the legal skills of those attending.
A unique programme of social and networking events has also been designed to ensure that all those who attend the conference will have an opportunity to meet colleagues from different jurisdictions, exchange experiences and build friendships that will continue long after the closing ceremony. In addition, a range of exhibitors will provide further information and services of interest to today’s legal professionals.
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
The Conference will be held from 19 – 22 April 2012
The official language of the Conference is English.
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. Visit www.xe.com for current exchange rates.
Normal banking hours are Monday to Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm and Fridays 9:30am-5:00pm, excluding public holidays. 24 Hour Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found throughout the City and Shopping Centres.
There are four major banks in Australia which offer a full range of banking services including currency conversions and sales of travellers’ cheques including Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Bank, ANZ Bank and the National Australia Bank.
Local Sydney time during April is – Greenwich Mean Time plus 11 hours.
Delegates can look forward to temperatures of approximately 24°C (75°F) during the daytime and 16°C (61°F) in the evening.
Shops open from 9:00am to 5:30pm during the week with late night shopping on Thursdays to 9:00pm. On Saturdays and Sunday shops are open between 9:00am and 4:00pm.
Travel and health insurance
The Conference does not provide insurance to delegates. We strongly recommend that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.
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.
Public Transport around Sydney
Sydney’s public transport network allows easy travel around the city. Considerable savings on buses and harbour ferries can be obtained with a State Transit Travel pass. Taxis can either be booked by telephone or hailed from the street.
There are frequent monorail and light rail services linking Darling Harbour with the city and a regular ferry services (15 minutes each trip) between Darling Harbour and Circular Quay (downtown).
Airport and Transport
The central business district is 10km north of the International Airport and takes approximately 20 minutes to reach by car. A taxi costs approximately A$25. 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.
Taxis in Sydney operate under 2 pricing structures. From 0600 – 2200 hours the standard fare applies. On the left hand side of the taxi meter, above the word ‘rate’ you should see the number 1. From 2200 – 0600 hours, a 20% night tariff applies, at these times the meter should be set on rate 2. Please check the meter is set correctly when you begin your journey.
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 10 minutes to reach Central Station and 15 minutes to Circular Quay. From the International Terminal it takes a few minutes longer. Lifts are available at both the International and Domestic Terminals for the easy transfer of luggage. Fares from the Domestic Terminal to the City start at $10 per adult for a single journey. For further information on the service that the Airport Link provides, please see the following website: www.airportlink.com.au
The Exhibition Centre car park is conveniently located off Darling Drive, underneath the Centre’s five exhibition halls. The car park has direct access to the venue and the many attractions and facilities available in Darling Harbour.
Passport & Visa
All travellers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, are legally required to hold a valid visa to travel to Australia. Please review the following Visa Information Sheet, or alternatively visit The Australian Department of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs
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