General Information

COVID-19 safety

The Dietitians Australia 2021 Conference will take all reasonable steps to provide the safest possible environment for conference delegates, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff and suppliers. The Conference organising committee will be guided by the relevant State and Federal Government guidelines, and advice from the World Health Organisation, to ensure the event meets our obligations to be COVID-safe.

The Conference organising committee will work closely with the venue, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), and suppliers to develop and implement a COVID-safe event plan, to protect the health and safety of attendees, staff, suppliers and our communities.

COVID-safe event principles include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Hand-hygiene
  • COVID-safe food service
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation
  • Attendee check-in and contact tracing

We encourage you to check restrictions in Victoria, Australia and your local area closer to the conference date to ensure you understand any travel restrictions and/or health directives that may apply. We will be keeping abreast of developments and provide updates as needed. 


Disabled toilets are situated behind the customer service desk, and also on Level 2 next to the organiser’s suites. Inside the exhibition area, toilets are located on either side of the kiosks. A telephone providing ease of use for visitors in wheelchairs is located with our other public telephones on the concourse. A TTV telephone suitable for people with hearing impairment can be found adjacent to the ATMs on the concourse. View MCEC Accessibility page

Airport Transfers

Getting to and from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. The Tullamarine airport is just a 30-minute drive to DFO South Wharf, where the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is located. Please click here for Melbourne transport options.

Business hours

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


In Melbourne the average temperatures in July are 7-14 ºC (44-58 ºF).  Melbourne is famous for regularly experiencing “four seasons in one day” so the weather may be sunny, rainy, cloudy, or windy, and often a mix across the day. Carry an umbrella or raincoat, and dress in layers to be best prepared.

Dress code

We recommend smart, business casual dress for the conference days plus a jacket, cardigan or wrap, and for the social functions – this is an opportunity to step out in style, dress to impress.

Eating out

Melbourne CBD is walking distance from your accommodation and offers wide variety of bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops with varied menus, prices and decor. To explore more of CBD, feel free to hop on the free tram service exclusive to the CBD area. Click here to find out more about fantastic Food & Wine experiences in Melbourne.

Family friendly

Breastfeeding is welcomed and encouraged at the conference.

A family room will be available to watch a live stream of plenary sessions on a big screen. The room will be set up for young children to enjoy, and will also act as a meeting place for those who wish to bring their children along.

Traveling around the city with a myki Explorer pack

Myki is your ticket to travel on trains, trams and buses in Melbourne and many parts of regional Victoria. To get started, buy a myki Explorer pack, myki card or Mobile myki. 

Enjoy a ready-to-use myki card with one day’s unlimited travel on public transport in Melbourne. Your pack also includes handy maps, a souvenir wallet and discounts to lots of our favourite places. If you want to keep travelling, just top up your myki at a huge range of shops, myki machine or online. Find out where to buy your myki Explorer pack.

Mobile myki

Mobile myki is a digital myki on your Android phone on the Google PayTM app. Find out more at Mobile myki. You can buy a myki from:

  • SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station
  • PTV Hubs in Melbourne
  • the concierge desk at many hotels and accommodation providers.If you want to keep travelling, just top up your myki at a shop, myki machine or online.

Dietitians Australia have arranged for photography onsite throughout the event. The images may be used for post-Conference 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.


Shops in Melbourne open from 0900 to 1730 hours during the week with late night shopping on Thursday and Friday until 2100 hours. The closest Shopping Centre to the MCEC is DFO South Wharf which runs discounts all year round and offers more than just shops to explore.


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.


Melbourne is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Travelling From Overseas

The information below will assist you with your travel to Melbourne, Australia.

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.


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.

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 travellers 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 Customs and Border Protection Services of the Australian Government.


The official language for the Conference is English.

Passport and Immigration (VISA)

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.  Invitation letters can be requested from following completion of Conference registration.  For VISA information please refer to the following links from the Australian Immigration website.

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

Useful links


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 Conference. This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Conference.

Biosecurity and Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries.  Very strict biosecurity and 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.

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


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.

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