10th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analysis Systems

March 27th - 29th, 2012

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Travel Information

INTERNATIONAL ACCESS - Two International Airports

Delegates attending the 10th IAPR International Workshop on Document Analsyis System at Gold Coast, Australia, will be able to fly into either Brisbane International Airport or Gold Coast International Airport.


     Located less than 50 minutes by road from the Gold Coast.
     Tranfer via Air Train to the Gold Coast station AUD $25.00 one way www.airtrain.com.au.
     34 International airlines fly to Brisbane.
     Direct services to 28 international destination each week.
     Direct flights from all major Australian cities.

Major airlines servicing Brisbane International Airport include
Qantas Airways      Singapore Airlines      EVA Air
Air New Zealand      Korean Airlines      Air Nauru
United Airlines      Malaysia Airlines      Air Caledonia
Cathay Pacific      Japan Airlines      Solomon Airlines
Emirates      Garuda Indonesia      MacAir Airlines
Etihad Airways      Thai Airways      Pacific Blue
China Airlines      Royal Brunei      V Australia

2. GOLD COAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT www.goldcoastairport.com.au

     Daily direct flights from all major Australian cities.
     Daily direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
     Daily direct flights from Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
     Daily direct flights from New Zealand.

Airlines servicing Gold Coast International Airport include
AirAsia X      Pacific Blue      Air New Zealand
Virgin Blue      Jetstar      Tiger Airways
Air North


Gold Coast Airport is conveniently located thirty minutes and 22km south of the main accommodation precinct of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Transport to and from the Airport includes:

     Gold Coast Cabs.
     Shuttle bus.
     Surfside bus.
     Private Coach transfers.
     Car hire.
     Harley Davidson.


     Traveller's cheques can be encashed at banks and major hotels.
     ATM's widely available 24 hours a day.
     Major credit cards accepted at shops, hotels, restaurants, Common credit cards include American Express,
        BankCard, Dinner's Club, MasterCard, and Visa.
     Bank hours: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm (Monday to Thrusday), 9.30 am to 5 pm (Friday).
     Bureau de Change offer more flexible hours.

Currency exchange facilities: at Airports, hotels, Key tourist centres.

Australia has a Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all goods and services. Travellers may be eligible for a GST refund on departure through Customs www.customs.gov.au


All delegates will require a visa and valid passport to enter Australia for conferences. All visas must be obtained prior to arrival in Australia. The only exceptions are Australian and New Zealand citizens travelling on passports issued by these countries - these delegates do not require visas. Australia has a non discriminatory visa policy and most delegates will be able to take advantage of the very quick and efficient Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system. The ETA system enables delegates to apply for visas electronically for a fee of AUD $20 and their applications are being regularly added to the system. A list of countries and details on eligibility to use the system is available at www.eta.immi.gov.au.

More details on the visa application process is available at

International participants who need an invitation letter for visa processing, are requested to send an email to das2012@griffith.edu.au. If you don't receive a confirmation of your request within a few days, please re-send your inquiry immediately.

For delegates with passports issued by countries not yet approved for the ETA system, visa applications are handled by the international network of Australian Embassies and Consulates www.immi.gov.au.

To assist with the processing of visa applications, the Department of Immigration operates the International Event Coordinator Network (IECN).

Under the IECN system, professional conference management companies in Australia assist the department with processing visa applications for their delegates. The system is of particular assitance to delegates who are citzens of the countries that are not yet eligible for the ETA system.