Other useful information

Useful Information

Australia is a secular country that does not have an official religion. A quiet room for prayer will be available for the use of delegates in Parliament House. Canberra has Buddhist, Christian (multi-denominational), Jewish and Islamic centres of worship. Hotels will be able to advise service times.

English is the official language of Australia.

The Australian currency is the Australian Dollar. Notes come in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 and coins in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and one and two dollar denominations. No other currencies can be used. Currency exchange is available at the Canberra Airport, and in Canberra City Centre. There are a number of banks within the Manuka shopping precinct, close to Parliament House and the recommended hotels.

Major credit cards are accepted at hotels and shops. ATMs are widely available, including in Parliament House.

Canberra’s time zone in January is Australian Eastern Daylight Time: GMT +11.


Australia operates plug type I on a 230 supply voltage and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Electricity sockets Australia


Tap water is safe to drink in Australia.

Smoking is banned in all public spaces in Canberra, including all public buildings, outdoor eating and drinking areas, taxis and busses.

Smoking is banned inside Parliament House. Designated courtyard smoking areas are marked on the maps provided.

Smoking is not allowed in hotel rooms.

Wifi is available in Parliament House. All recommended hotels include free Wifi access for guests.

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