Getting There

Getting There

Canberra International Airport

Canberra is less than 2 hours flying from eastern state capitals like Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Daily flights are also available to and from Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Canberra Airport is located approximately 8km from the city centre and a taxi will cost approximately $25.00 between the airport and the city centre and also from the airport to the Conference Venue.

Catch a Bus or Coach to Canberra

Bus and coach services operate to and from Canberra to the Snowy Mountains, the South Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane and beyond. Book in advance of your travel date as coach and train operators offer great early bird and discount fares. Check timetables and select rail and coach options and book train or coach travel to and from Canberra starting from this website.

Hire Cars 

Major car rental companies located in Canberra city.

Budget Rent A Car
Europcar Car Hire Canberra
Royale Limousines
Thrifity Car Rental
Value Rentacar Canberra

Car hire companies located at Canberra International Airport

Budget Rent A Car
Europcar Car Hire Canberra
Redspot Royale Limousines
Thrifty Car Rental
East Coast Car Rentals


Taxis in Canberra operate under 2 pricing structures for hiring a cab.

From 6.00am until 9.00pm on a day other than Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the rate is $2.06/kilometre.

From 9.00pm until 6.00am on a Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday or public holiday the rate is $2.37/kilometre.

The flagfall is $5.00.

You can monitor the drive by checking the taxi meter, which should be displayed at the front of the taxi. Please check the meter is set correctly when you begin your journey.

Note: Flagfall and fare rates are higher for taxis that can carry 5 or more passengers. Also for journeys commencing at the Canberra airport there is a $4.20 toll fee.

We recommend that you pre-book your taxi, to avoid any issues with availability.


Canberra’s ACTION Buses service major tourist sites and their regular service routes link the city to the outer suburbs. The ACTION Buses include easy access buses for people with reduced mobility. Bus fares use the MyWay smartcard prepaid ticketing system or cash.

For MyWay, scan the card when you get on and off the bus. These cards can be purchased online, from Canberra Connect Shopfronts and MyWay Recharge Agents. For more information on MyWay cards, please visit

Please  visit for more information on fares.

To plan ahead you can telephone 13 17 10 or view the routes or timetables here

Passports and Visas

On 23 March 2013, the department implemented changes to the types of visas available to persons wishing to travel to Australia to attend, participate at, or compete in events being held in Australia.

Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).  For more information, see the fact sheet:

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia. You may wish to use the Visa Finder to help determine which visa you require.

Click here for the new visa fact sheet, effective from 1 July 2013.  This fact sheet includes information about the visa options available for those who are travelling to Australia as business visitors, including the new arrangements in place for online applications for the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa and the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400). For the purposes of attending this event, you may wish to consider applying for one of these visas, based on your role at the event.

Please note that only certain passport holders are eligible to apply for these visas online.

If your sole reason for coming to Australia is to attend this Meeting, please apply for the

eVisitor (subclass 651) business stream visa, at

For any other circumstances, please view the below VISAS:

ETA (Subclass 601) visa

Visitor (Subclass 600) business stream visa

Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400)

Attendees, speakers and exhibitors that will be working, performing or otherwise be paid to contribute at the event may be eligible for the following visa options:

Temporary Activity (subclass 408) (Invited Participant) visa – and

Please note that a letter of support from an Australian organisation is a legislative requirement for the Temporary Activity (subclass 408) (Invited Participant) visa.

Temporary Work (subclass 400) (Short Stay Specialist) visa.  For more information see:


We recommend that applicants applying for a paper-based visa lodge their application at least 6-8 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia. All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Travelers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival.

ASM Countdown

Important Dates

Registration opens       

31 August 2020

Early bird registration closes

9 October 2020