The VALA2012 Conference Registration and Information Desk will be located on the concourse, opposite Door 6 of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and will be open as follows:
Speaker Preparation Room
Speakers are asked to submit and preview their presentations prior to their session. The Speaker Preparation Room is located in Meeting Room 214 on Level 2 and will be open as follows:
Network hub & recharge zone
Located in the middle of the Exhibition Area, the Network Hub is a place for communication, physical and virtual: organise a meet-up, or check your email or website on the computers provided. See you at the Hub!
The Recharge Zone, located at the rear of the Exhibition Area, has numerous 240-volt Australian standard power points and a Quickcharge kiosk, allowing you to recharge your mobile phones, laptops, netbooks and any other portable devices.
See the Exhibition Area map for details.
Wireless internet access
VALA 2012 will be supported by a dedicated wireless internet access service, provided for the exclusive use of delegates. The access will be password protected. Please refer to your pocket programme for access code and further details. When using the internet service, please be mindful of your colleagues by deactivating any auto downloads and limiting the number of active connections.
Your name badge is your entry to all sessions, the Exhibition Area, lunches, morning and afternoon teas, the Welcome Reception and Farewell Refreshments. Please wear it at all times.
Name badges and lanyards are colour coded as follows:
Transport to the Airport
Melbourne Airport is located approximately 24km from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. SkyBus Airport Shuttle provides a regular service to and from the airport with a transfer time of 25 minutes. The current cost for a one way transfer is $16 per adult or $26 return. SkyBus pick up from most major city hotels and Southern Cross Station Bus Interchange (Spencer Street). SkyBus can be contacted on +61 3 9335 2811 or you can book online up to three months in advance on www.skybus.com.au. Alternatively, a taxi from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to the Airport will cost approximately $60 to $70.
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre offers undercover 24-hour, on-site car parking, with access off Normanby Road.
There are three car parks available at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, all open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
- Melbourne Convention Centre – Siddeley Street.
Fees start at $8.00 per hour with early bird and weekend rates offered.
- Melbourne Exhibition Centre – entrance off Normanby Road
Fees start at $8.00 per hour up to a maximum of $32.00 per day. Early bird, evening and weekend rates are available.
- South Wharf Retail Car Park – entrance off Normanby Road
Fees start at $4.00 per hour; an evening rate is offered.
Rates are applicable at the time of printing.
Taxi drop off points are at the following locations:
- Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
- Clarendon Street, South Wharf (the entrance to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre)
A tram stop is located on Clarendon Street opposite the Clarendon Street entrance to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. There is also a tram stop on Wurundjeri Way (Flinders Street West extension) which is accessible via the Yarra River footbridge and Siddeley Street. Information regarding tram timetables is available from Metlink.
Lunch, morning and afternoon teas will be served in the Exhibition Area. See also "Special Dietary Requirements".
Melbourne is famous for the range and quality of its restaurants and bars. Information about a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, bars and theatres can be sourced by visiting www.thatsmelbourne.com.au or www.citysearch.com.au.
Special Dietary Requirements
Every effort will be made to accommodate all special dietary requirements; however, advance notification is required. You will need to make yourself known to a staff member at the various catering times in order to obtain your special meal. All buffet lunches have vegetarian options.
Please report all lost or found property immediately to the staff at the Registration and Information Desk.
People with Special Needs
Every effort has been made to ensure that people with special needs are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance, please contact the Registration and Information Desk to enable us to make your attendance at the Conference a pleasant and comfortable experience.
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is a non-smoking venue.
Messages can be collected and left at the Registration and Information Desk. All messages will be posted on the message board alongside the Desk. Please check the board on passing.