Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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. View more information here.
Brisbane’s international and domestic terminals are located 20 kilometres from the central business district. For more information please visit
Brisbane is a subtropical paradise, blessed with wonderful, warm sunshine throughout the year.

Boasting a long-term annual average high temperature of 26.4C and minimum low of 16C, Brisbane has the perfect climate for life in the great outdoors.

Businesses in the Brisbane CBD traditionally trade seven days a week. View more information on trading hours here.
Australian Eastern Standard Time +10 Hours.
Whether its tour bookings, events and entertainment information, brochures and maps, or general tourist advice you need, the award-winning Brisbane Visitor Information Centre on the Queen Street Mall has it covered.
167 Queen Street
T:+61 7 3006 6290

More information online here:

The Queensland Government closely regulate drinking water in QLD. The Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 applies to all drinking water service providers. In general this includes all councils or businesses involved in treating, transmitting or reticulating water for drinking purposes. Each provider is required to have a Drinking water quality management plan (DWQMP) in place, and comply with the details of the plan.

The Conference Venue

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is located on the Corner of Merivale & Glenelg Street, South Bank, Queensland, Australia. Click here for a location and access map.
The front entry to the BCEC is from Grey Street. Once taking the escalators up, you reach the Boulevard Level where the ACPET trade exhibition, scientific meetings, conferment ceremony and conference dinner will all take place. The pre-conference workshops and the welcome reception will take place on the Plaza Level. Click here to view a map of all the levels of the BCEC.
Airtrain is the fast and economical way to travel between Brisbane Airport and Brisbane City. Around 24 minutes on the train and you’ll travel directly to the heart of Brisbane City.

More information here:

View the Timetable here:

Buy your ticket (costs between $27.20 and $32.00 return):

At the Domestic Terminal, the taxi rank is located centrally in front of the terminal.
At the International Terminal, the taxi rank is located at the northern end of Arrivals on Level 2.

Black & White Cabs, Tel: 133 222
Yellow Taxi, Tel: 13 19 24

Con-x-ion Airport Transfersservices all major accommodation houses, door-to-door in Brisbane CBD, including Kangaroo Point and the Brisbane Transit Centre.Prices from $15 from Brisbane Airport to Brisbane.

During the Conference & Sessions

The conference dress code is Smart Dress.
Delegates and exhibitors will be provided with an individual name badge, which will give you access to all sessions and social events that you have registered to attend. This must be worn at all times within the conference venue. It is suggested that delegates arrive at preferred sessions promptly to ensure a seat. Once a session is full, delegates will not be granted entry.
Delegates have access to complimentary WIFI for the duration of the conference. Username and password will be available at the Conference.
In the lead-up to the Conference small updates will be made to the program. See the latest version on the website. Any changes to the Conference program during the Conference will be announced during housekeeping notices each morning. You may also check with Leishman Associates staff at the registration desk.
Delegates are not permitted to use any type of camera or recording device at any of the sessions unless written permission has been obtained from the relevant speaker. A professional photographer will be at the conference, if you have any issues with being photographed please notify the photographer or Leishman Associates staff.
The members of the conference organising committee and Leishman Associates accept no liability for personal accident of loss or damage suffered by any participant, accompanying person, invited observer or any other person by whatever means. Nor do we accept liability for any equipment or software brought to the conference by delegates, speakers, sponsors or any other party. Please protect your personal property. Do not leave laptops, cameras, and other valuable items unsecured. Be conscious of individuals who appear out of place and do not wear a conference name badge. Advise Leishman Associates staff if this does not occur.

Registration & Social Functions

APIEF & ACPET Conference Registration/ACPET Conference Registration includes attendance at all sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments during days of 23-25 August 2017, handbook, name badge, an invitation to the Welcome Reception and the Conference Dinner.

Please note that while social functions are included in the above registration rates you must register to attend. Entry will be by ticket only.

APIEF Registration includes attendance at sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments on 23 August, handbook, name badge and an invitation to the Welcome Reception. APIEF registration does not include a ticket to the Conference Dinner, however, tickets may be purchased for an additional cost.

ACPET Conference Day Registration includes attendance at sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments on the nominated day of attendance, handbook and name badge. Day registration does not include a ticket to the Welcome Reception or Conference Dinner.  These social functions may be purchased for an additional cost.

You must advise the conference managers of any special dietary requirements when you register for the Conference. Caterers at each function will be informed of these. During the day there will be a buffet table offering food suitable for dietary requirements. If you are unsure, please don’t hesitate to ask staff at the registration desk.

IMPORTANT– If your dietary request relates to a life threatening allergy, please ensure that you advise the organisers as soon as possible so that we can communicate with the Venue/s.

Click here to view information on our social functions. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Marriott at Leishman Associates (03 6234 7844).
After registering for the Conference you would have been emailed a Registration Confirmation which lists all social functions for which you are registered. If you require another copy please email Emily Marriott. Tickets to the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner may be included in registrations, however, bookings are still essential. You can book your place and additional tickets via the online form or by emailing Emily Marriott.
PowerPoint presentations will be available on the Conference website following the conclusion of the Conference. Speakers will be requested to sign a release form, however, this is not compulsory.

Speaker, Chairperson or Poster Presenter

Chairpersons will receive an email prior to the Conference, reminding them of their responsibilities. If you are a chairperson and do not receive this, or have additional questions, please contact Helene Stewart at Leishman Associates (03 6234 7844).


Please bring your PowerPoint presentation with you when you register. All speakers should present themselves to the Speakers Preparation Table, located next to the registration desk at least one hour prior to their scheduled presentation time, to upload their presentation. Speakers are also requested to assemble in their session room 5 minutes before the commencement of the session if possible, to meet with their session chair and to familiarise themselves with the room and the audio visual equipment. A technician will be present in the room at all times. Speakers’ preparation room is located on the Arbour Level. You will be able to test and modify your presentation if required.


You can book your accommodation through the online registration form or by emailing Emily Marriott. You will be asked to provide your check-in and check-out date as well as your credit card details to secure the booking. Payment for your accommodation will not be taken until you check in or out of the Hotel. Delegates are encouraged to book in advance as availability closer to the Conference date is not guaranteed.
When you book your accommodation your credit card details will be transferred to the hotel you have selected – please confirm this on check in with your hotel. Your credit card will not be charged until you check in or out. If the credit card you intend on using to pay for the accommodation does not belong to you, the Hotel will require an authority form to be signed.
Please email Emily Marriott to cancel or change your accommodation prior to the Conference. If you need to cancel your accommodation booking within 30 days of your arrival date any cancellation fees will be subject to the hotel cancellation policy. Therefore, no accommodation refund can be guaranteed within 30 business days of the Conference. If you alter your accommodation booking after you have checked in, please deal directly with the hotel. If you arrive 24 hours later than your indicated arrival day, charges will apply.

Cancellation and Disclaimer

Cancellations must be received in writing – mail, email or fax – to Leishman Associates. Cancellations will not be deemed to be received until you have written confirmation from Leishman Associates. If you have not received acknowledgement within two business days, please contact Leishman Associates on (03) 6234 7844.Cancellations postmarked on or before, 1 month before the Conference, will incur a fee of 50% of the registration amount. No refunds will be made for cancellations for the Conference postmarked after 1 month before the Conference, however substitutions may be accepted.
The Conference reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and speakers if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.