Visa Requirements


All international delegates, apart from New Zealand citizens, must obtain a Visa or electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. Please ensure you organise your documentation well in advance of travel.

Australia’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is an electronically-stored authority for travel to Australia for a short-term tourist or business entry. ETAs are issued within seconds of being requested through computer links between the Australian Immigration Department, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers around the world. Over 30 countries around the world have access to the free ETA system.

Conference delegates from non-ETA countries will need to obtain a Business (short stay) visa, even if some tourism activities are planned for part of the stay in Australia. It is called a 456 visa if it is issued as a label into a passport. Details are available from the Australian Department of Immigration website ( for more information


Letters of Invitation

A Letter of Invitation is an official document which confirms a registration payment and extends an official invitation to the paid registrant to attend and participate in the upcoming conference. It provides you with an official reason to come to Australia. It may be required by your university for administrative purposes, and will likely form one of the documents required for visa application if you are from a country that does not have a visa exemption agreement with Australia.

In order to qualify for a Letter of Invitation, you must meet both of the following criteria:

  • Be a registered audience member or an author of an accepted abstract and/or paper
  • Have paid the conference registration fee in full

Subject to approval, all letters of invitation will be sent by email as a PDF attachment and a physical copy mailed to your residence or place of work. Please provide ample time for this to be processed.

Download letter of Invitation 




Airport Transfers  Brisbane Aiprport

The easiest way to travel from Brisbane airports to the Convention Centre & Hotels is to taken the AirTrian.  The AirTrain departs from directly outside the International and Domestic terminals and stop at the Convention Centre (South Brisbane Station).
Train run every  minutes from 6 am to 10 pm. Transit time is 20-40 mins.   Pre-paid ticket may be purchased online.

A discount AIRTRAIN fare has been organised for IFPA delegates.
Download this letter
 and present it at the ticket office when you purchase your ticket.


Public Transport

The seeQ card includes:

  • Travel for 3 or 5 consecutive calendar days on TransLink bus, train or ferry
  • 2 journeys on Airtrain (offers service between Brisbane Airport and Brisbane City)
  • Over $700 worth of offers and discounts to use at more than 80 destinations
  • An 80 plus page passport to travel offers with information for exploring South East Queensland by public transport



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More Public Transport Information

The conference venue is in the South Bank precinct of Brisbane. Additional information about ferries, taxis and busses is available on the Visit South Bank website:

Additional information about Airtrain rail service between Brisbane Airport, Brisbane City and the Gold Coast is available on the Airtrain website.

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