November/December 2010: OGC TC/PC Meetings

Monday, 29 November, 2010 - 05:00
Friday, 3 December, 2010 - 05:00



The University of Sydney
Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre
Eastern Avenue Complex
Sydney, Australia

– located 1.6km from the hotel

Schedule of Meetings: 

The Tentative Agenda is now available.  This agenda will be updated as new sessions are confirmed.  Please continue to check back for the latest information.


On-line Registration is now open

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Wednesday evening Reception (1 December) will be Sydney Harbour Dinner Criuse. The cost of the Reception tickets are $85.


Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 8 November)Regular Rate (8 November - 26 November )On-Site (after 26 November)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $0
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $70.00 $80.00 $90.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $60.00 $70.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
$90.00 $100.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $70.00
Wednesday Reception Only $85.00 $85.00 $85.00


The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Sydney, Australia

The hotel is right next to Central Station, allowing easy transport from the airport to the hotel.
There is an Airport Train which departs Mascot Airport to Central Station. Please use this link for the timetable

Accommodation only @ $169.00 per night
Full Buffet Breakfast @ $29.00 per person
Accommodation and Buffet Breakfast @ $184.00 per night (single share)

NOTE: If you have problems booking on-line, please contact the hotel directly at < reservations [at] >, use the Event Code: OGC2811

 Visit the online booking form  to reserve your hotel rooms.  This block will remain open until either the hotel sells out of rooms or one week prior to the event, which ever is earlier.

Rates include:

- Overnight accommodation in a Deluxe room (comprising 1 x King bed or 2 x king-single beds)
- A full Buffet breakfast daily (where package selected)
- Return scheduled transfers to / from The University of Sydney and The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
- Use of the hotels leisure facilities – indoor heated pool & spa, gym and sundeck area
- Broadband in guest rooms (fee applies)
- Wirless access in lobby, restaurant and function rooms (fees apply) 

Hotel Disclaimer:

As the preferred hotel for the OGC Conference, this exclusive rate is extended to conference delegates only. We are pleased to extend this offer for delegates staying in Sydney before or after the event, valid for from Sun 18th Nov until Sunday 12th Dec 2010. Bookings must be made by Friday 8th October, nights outside the conference dates are subject to room availability. Rate includes accommodation, limited scheduled transfers to/from the University of Sydney and use of the hotel's leisure facilities - indoor 20m pool, spa, sauna, gym and rooftop sundeck and access to two restaurants and two bars on site. Deposit Schedule: A deposit of the total of the first night's accommodation per room booked is due within 72-hours of booking A further deposit of 50% of the entire stay per room booked is due by Friday 8th October Final payment is due 3 weeks prior to the arrival date Cancellation Schedule: Cancellations after 15 Nov 2010 or within 7 days of arrvial will incur 100% cancellation fee of the full stay Cancellations after 30 Oct 2010 will incur 50% cancellation fee of the full stay Cancellations after 15 Oct 2010 w

Local Information and Travel: 

 The Sebel Surry Hills will organise transfers daily for the delegates to/from the University – a 5-10 minute drive from the hotel
06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
17:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney


Flights to and from Sydney

  • Delegates visiting Sydney from overseas
  • Visa for Australia
    Most overseas visitors need a valid visa before they can travel to Australia. Travellers should arrange their visa well ahead of time (at least four to six weeks before leaving their home country) to ensure entry into Australia is seamless. Travel agents or airlines can arrange visas.  See website
  • Incoming passenger cards
    Most visitors need to complete and present a passenger card when they enter or leave Australia. On the way in, the airline crew give visitors this card to complete before they land.

  • Luggage at Sydney Airport
    At Sydney Airport, visitors can pick up a free luggage trolley after they pass through immigration, before retrieving their luggage to move through Customs.

  • Australian quarantine inspectionsAustralia’s distance from the rest of the world protects it from a number of diseases. To keep things this way, our quarantine process is extremely strict. Almost all bags are X-rayed, many are searched, and trained dogs sniff luggage.
    Visitors may not bring any food, flowers or other prohibited items (visitors will be given a list) into Australia.

  • Visiting Sydney from other Australian regions
    If visitors are coming to Sydney from anywhere else in Australia, the process is simple. There are five domestic airlines flying to Sydney: Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Aeropelican and Rex.

    The Sydney domestic and international terminals are separate buildings, next to each other. There are no formalities when visitors arrive, other than to collect their luggage and head off to enjoy the city.

Getting to Sydney from the airport


Sydney is only eight kilometres, or five miles, from both the International and Domestic Airports. Getting into the city is therefore quick, and easy.


  • Taxi
    Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank. Supervisors are on hand to ensure a smooth flow of taxis, and only authorised taxis have access to the rank. Your journey into the city should cost between AU$25-30, and will take about 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.

  • Public Bus
    Sydney Buses has a timetables service between Bondi Junction and Burwood which includes the T1 International and T3 Domestic Terminals in the route. Clearly marked bus stops are located on the arrivals level of each of these terminals.
  • Train
    There is a railway link from Sydney’s International and Domestic airports direct to Central Station. Trains from Central go to almost every other precinct of Sydney. The single adult fare from Sydney International Airport is around AU$15, and takes about 10-15 minutes.
  • Shuttle-buses
    Various shuttle-buses operate from the airports to the city centre and will drop visitors off at their hotels. Some hotels also provide complimentary shuttle services for their guests.



Money Matters – Australian money for travellers


Sydney is an easy city to visit, with a straightforward and buoyant currency. Aside from cash, credit cards, banking cards and travellers’ cheques are accepted almost everywhere. Prices are on par with most major international cities, and a lot cheaper than many, especially those in Europe.


  • Currency – what money is used in Australia?
    The Australian dollar is made up of 100 Australian cents.

  • Banks
    Banks in Sydney are generally open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. On Fridays, a number of banks stay open until 7pm, and some open on Saturday mornings.
  •  Credit Cards
    All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are widely accepted in Australia.
  •  Travellers’ Cheques
    Travellers’ cheques are widely accepted in Australia, and may be changed at a bank.

  • Automatic Teller Machines
    Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are available throughout the city, and accept most common cards. Look for your type of card on the posters, stickers or signs next to the ATMs.


Sydney snapshot – visiting as a business tourist

  • Languages in Sydney
    English is Australia’s official language, but Sydney is one of the world’s most multicultural cities and more than 1.2 million of our residents speak a different language at hoe, so you’re sure to find someone who speaks your ‘lingo’ (that’s Australian for language).

  • Sydney’s population
    Sydney is home to about 4.2 million people, and another 6.7 million people live in the rest of New South Wales (NSW).
  • Sydney climate and seasons
    Sydney enjoys four distinct seasons:
    • Summer from December to February
    • Autumn from March to May
    • Winter from June to August
    • Spring from September to November
    Sydney’s sub-tropical climate is temperate all year, and average temperatures range from 16 degrees Celsius (61 Fahrenheit) in winter to 26 degrees Celsius (79 Fahrenheit) in summer.

  • Sydney time zones
    Sydney is one of the first cities to wake up each day: we’re 10-11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
    • October to March: Sydney runs on GMT plus 11 hours. Sunrise is between 5:30am and 6am and the sun sets between 7:30pm and 8pm
    • March to October: Sydney is on GMT plus 10 hours. Sunrise is around 7am while the sun sets between 5pm and 5:30pm
  • Visas
    Most overseas visitors need a valid visa before they can travel to Australia. Travellers should arrange their visa well ahead of time (at least four to six weeks before leaving their home country) to ensure entry into Australia is seamless. Travel agents or airlines can arrange visas.  Some visitors (depending upon your citizenship) can apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) @
  • Electricity in Sydney
  • In Sydney and throughout Australia, the electrical supply is 240 volts, 50 Hz. International adaptors are readily available at chemists (drug stores) and electrical supply stores. Most hotels provide 110-volt outlets for shavers.

  • Taxes in Sydney
    A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% is included in the price of all goods and services sold in Australia. It is automatically charges, so you do not need to add this to your bill.

    If your leave Australia within 30 days of buying goods in Australia, you may be exempt from paying GST. You can take advantage of the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) to claim back the GST you have paid, and also claim back any Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) you paid. TRS only applies to goods that you can carry as hand luggage, and other conditions do apply.

  • TippingSydney does not operate on a tipping culture. You may tip to show your appreciation for good service, but it is not a requirement anywhere. As a guide, a tip of 10% in restaurants and taxis would be an indication that you were very happy with the service your received.

  • Sydney’s dress code
    Sydney-siders are friendly, casual and relaxed, and their dress code reflects this attitude. But we’re a stylish population, and if you’re out on the town at night, you’ll fit in if you dress up! A number of Sydney restaurants do require you to dress appropriately (for example, no ‘thongs’ or flip-flops, shorts or singlets). For business, it is normal for suits to be worn by both men and women.
  • Vaccinations
    Australia is a ‘clean, green’ nation, and free of many common diseases. Therefore, you do not need any specific vaccinations to enter Australia. However, if you are travelling from a yellow fever infected country, you will need to present a yellow fever certificate.