18th International Conference on X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure

General Information

Useful Telephone Numbers

Emergency Fire Police Ambulance
Telephone: 000

Public transport and timetables
131 500

13 Cabs Sydney
132 227

Silver Service Taxi Sydney
133 100

Opal Card/Public Transport

Opal is the smartcard ticketing system used to pay for travel on public transport in Sydney.

To catch a train or bus, you will need to get an Opal card or purchase an Opal single ticket. You can also pay using a contactless credit or debit card or mobile device to pay an Adult Opal fare.

You can pick up an opal card at hundreds of shops (including all 7-Eleven stores, IGAs), station ticket offices or online.

Up-to-date travel and ticket information can be found here: https://transportnsw.info/

Shopping Hours

Shops vary in their opening hours but, generally, city shops and major suburban shopping centres are open:
0900 - 1800 Monday to Wednesday
0900 - 2100 Thursday and Friday
0900 - 1700 Saturday
1000 - 1700 Sunday


Banks in Australia are open from 0930 to 1600 Monday to Thursday and 0930 to 1700 on Fridays. Most banks are closed on weekends; however, some banks in major cities open for limited hours on Saturday. Currency exchange facilities are available at the airport and most major hotels and city banks and bureaux de change. Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are available at a wide variety of outlets.


A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods and is included in retail prices. All fees are quoted in Australian Dollars and are subject to GST. In some cases, the GST is able to be claimed back on exiting the country. Full details can be found here.

Special Requirements

Please provide details of any special diet, special needs or disability assistance required when you register.


Service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. You may tip taxi drivers, hotel porters and restaurant wait-staff (up to 10% of the bill) if you wish to acknowledge exceptional service. At all times, tipping is your choice.


In the event of industrial disruption, the meeting organisers cannot be held responsible for any losses incurred by delegates. The program is correct at the time of printing; however, the organisers reserve the right to alter the program, if and as is deemed necessary.

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