from Dr. Laurie Besley, NMI Chief Executive and Chief Metrologist
from Mr. Alan E. Johnston, CIML President
Accompanying Persons' Program
A program of sightseeing tours for Accompanying Persons
can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:
Arrival & Transport to/in Sydney
Located in Mascot NSW, Sydney Airport is approximately
8 km from the city center. It is easily accessible by all modes of transport
including car, train, taxi or bus. Click
here for the Airport web site, which also gives details of transport
to and from the city. The Airport
Link web site also gives practical information.
MonoRail and Metro Light Rail
The Monorail is one of only a few elevated transport
systems in the world that operates through the heart of a major city.
The Monorail also delivers hundreds of Sydneys commuters daily
from Pyrmont and Ultimo to the centre of the City. The Metro Light Rail
is Sydney's newest transport system and is, without a doubt, the most
pleasant way to travel from the city to Sydneys inner west. Visit
MonoRail web site
October in Sydney is the Spring season and the average
temperature is generally about 18 °C (range from 14 °C to 22
There are about 11 mean rain days per month in October.
Currency, Banking, Credit cards
Australia's currency is the Australian dollar, or "buck",
divided into 100 cents and shown on currency tables as AU$ or AUD. Plastic
notes with forgery-proof clear windows come in $100, $50, $20, $10 and
$5 denominations, along with $2, $1, 50¢, 20¢, 10¢ and 5¢ coins. All
the major banks have a branch in the city centre: ANZ, HSBC, Westpac,
The Commonwealth Bank, St. George and National Bank. Opening hours are
9:30am to 4:30 pm Monday to Thursday, and 9:30 am to 5:00 pm on Fridays.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available 24 hours at most
banks, but you should avoid using them late at night, for security reasons.
Electricity in Australia is 240 Volts, 50 Hz. Plugs
and sockets are of this type:
A number of computers will be made available in the
"Boardroom", in the Star City Hotel, for delegates to access the internet.
A Wifi connection will also be available in the meeting room.
The official languages spoken during the Conference
and CIML Meeting will be French and English; simultaneous interpretation
will be available between them.
Lunches and refreshment breaks
Buffet lunch will be served to Delegates (and Accompanying
Persons if they wish to attend) throughout the week. Refreshment breaks
will also be served in the morning and afternoon each day.
Medical / vaccinations
In general, no special immunizations or medications
are necessary for travel to Australia. However, insect repellents and
other measures to prevent mosquito bites are strongly advised for many
areas, especially the Northern Territory and Western Australia, because
of the risk of Murray Valley encephalitis, Ross River virus infections,
and other mosquito-borne illnesses. More information is available on
Delegates should please note that no paper documents
will be available for the CIML Meeting; all the CIML Meeting documents
will be made available for download via the CIML
Meeting Agenda page which Delegates are invited to visit frequently
to be sure of having the most recent versions and the latest details.
Paper documents will be available for the Conference,
and will be mailed out to Delegates prior to the event.
Sydney time is UTC + 10 hours (daylight savings time
will be in force in October so the difference will be 11 hours). Local
time, and various other information concerning Sydney (and all other
cities in the world) can be found at the World
Time and Date web site.
There are no mandatory gratuities or built in restaurant
service charges of any kind in Australia (although a 10 % Goods and
Services Tax (GST) will be included in the total figure on your bill).
Tipping is not expected anywhere, and historically has not been the
norm, though it is becoming more widespread in restaurants (if the service