Practical information

Conference Venue

The 2016 IFDT will be held at the Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Sciences

9 Gordon Street Acton ACT 2601 For more information on the venue, please visit their website.

Visa Applications

If you’re coming from outside Australia, you can find information on obtaining a visa on the Australian government website.

Should you need assistance in obtaining a visa, please contact the IFDT coordinator, Ms. Andrea Haese ( or


The Forum venue is located only a five-minute walk from four of the identified Hotels identified and as such transport will not be arranged to the venue.

For those staying at the Mantra on Northbourne Avenue, the Forum venue is approximately a 20-minute walk.

However, for the dinner on the evening of 22 September 2016 at the Australian War Memorial, transport will be organized to and from the Forum venue. Details will be available closer to the time.

Please note that there will not be organized airport transfers, however the airport is only 10 km from the city center and transportation is widely available and inexpensive.

Canberra cabs, taxis and ride sharing services

Canberra taxis and cabs service the airport, train station, and bus terminus at Jolimont Centre, the city, suburbs and surrounding region including Queanbeyan, Collector and Murrumbateman.


The Australian currency is the dollar (AUD) with the following exchange rates as of June 2016: 1 Euro = 1.52 AUD 1 US Dollar = 1.36 AUD


September is the start of spring in Australia. However, the weather can get cold. Participants are advised to bring warm clothing

About Canberra

Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, is Australia’s capital city. After Federation in 1901, a site for the capital was sought, and Canberra was selected. The Australian Capital Territory was declared on 1 January 1911 and an international competition was held to design the new capital city of Australia. The competition was won by a submission from American architect Walter Burley Griffin with drawings drafted by Marion Mahony Griffin.

If you are interested in seeing more of Canberra and its surroundings, we suggest you visit the Canberra tourist website for more information.


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