COSA's 45th Annual Scientific Meeting, 13 - 15 November 2018 Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

General Information

Useful Websites

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Smartraveller - The Australian Government's travel advisory and consular information service.

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This site is designed to help you get through the security checkpoints at the airport quickly and easily. It will help you understand the aviation security measures in place at Australian airports and why they are necessary. It provides information on preparing for your trip, what you are prohibited from taking on board, and travelling with children, medicines or sporting equipment. It also provides a number of videos that explain the screening process and liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions. This site will be updated with new information to reflect changes in airport security arrangements as they occur.

Australian Customs -

Time Zone

Perth, Western Australia is AWST + 08:00h during Standard Time.


The official language of the conference is English.


Australia uses 240V, 50Hz mains electricity and use 'three point' power sockets. Please click here to view the standard plug used within Australia,

Type I. Universal adapters are available from most gift stores and electrical shops around the city. To find out more please visit Electricity World Standards.


Temperatures for November
Average Maximum 19.0°C
Average Minimum 14.8°C

Please note that the sun can be extremely intense in Australia. To avoid skin burn, seek shade whenever possible, particularly between the hours of 11am and 3pm. When out in the sun, wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your face, ears and neck. Use a maximum protection, broad based spectrum sun screen of at least SPF 30+.

Banks and Banking Hours 

Normal banking hours are Monday - Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm and Fridays 9:30am-5:00pm, excluding public holidays. 24 Hour Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found throughout the City and Shopping Centres.
There are four major banks in Australia which offer a full range of banking services including currency conversions and sales of travellers cheques:

  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Westpac Bank
  • ANZ Bank
  • National Australia Bank

Public Transport

Getting around our city City of Perth works in partnership with TransPerth to provide public transport options including scheduled bus, train and tram services, and community and complementary transport services. We provide $6 million annually to the Department of Transport and Main Roads to improve the public transport network in the city.

Get to know your network: planning your journey

The TransPerth Journey Planner will help you to plan your trip and provides fare and timetable information. 

Use a SmartRider electronic ticket to travel on all bus, train, tram and ferry services in Perth. It entitles you to travel savings and discounts. Transferring between modes involves touching on and off at the beginning and end of each trip with your SmartRider Card.

Passengers can also purchase tickets, view fares here

Scheduled services


A Free Transit Zone (FTZ) operates in the city and provides free public transport within the Perth city boundaries. Passengers can travel within this area for free. To identify the boundaries of the FTZ, bus stops are identified with the FTZ logo. The Central Area Transit (CAT) system provides a free, fast and convenient bus service to the city’s points of interest. CAT buses are colour coded and Perth CAT stops offer real-time information for when the next bus is due. Perth offers three CAT routes around the city and weekday services run every five to fifteen minutes from 6:50am to 6:20pm (WST). A Blue CAT stop is located at the Elizabeth Quay Busport (adjacent to Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre).


Perth’s extensive train system operates five railway lines that link to Perth suburbs and main hubs including Fremantle, Joondalup, Midland, Armadale and Mandurah. Services operate from 5:00am to midnight daily (2:00am on Saturday and Sunday). On weekdays, trains run every two – fifteen minutes until 7:30pm (after 7:30pm trains run every 30 minutes), on weekends (and public holidays), trains run every fifteen minutes, post midnight on Saturday and Sunday, trains run every hour until 2:00am. Elizabeth Quay train station (located along the Mandurah and Joondalup Railway Line) is located at the doorstep of the Centre.


Elizabeth Quay Jetty operates the Transperth ferry services across the Swan River, between Elizabeth Quay Jetty (Perth) and Mends Street Jetty (South Perth). The service operates daily from 7:50am to 7:20pm (extended times operate on weekdays and during the Summer months).

Barrack Street Jetty is used for the services run to Rottnest Island, and Fremantle. Swan Valley wine cruises also depart from Barrack Street Jetty.

For all bus, train or ferry information please contact Transperth on 13 62 13 or visit their website. For hearing impaired TTY please contact (08) 9428 1999.

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