APHA
38th
National
Congress
Sunday 17 March – Tuesday 19 March 2019
#aphacongress Register now

Melbourne is Victoria’s capital city and the business, administrative, cultural and recreational hub of the state.

The entire Greater Melbourne area covers 9992.5 km2 and has a population of around 4.5 million.

As a general rule, Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and cool winters.

​The weather can be changeable, so be prepared for anything – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be worn or removed as needed.

Melbourne is undergoing a lifestyle revolution whereby more and more people are electing to live within a few kilometres of the CBD. This is resulting in the transformation of docklands and older inner-city areas into brash new residential areas.

​​The central business district (CBD) is Melbourne’s business and financial centre. It encompasses the area from Flinders Street to Queen Victoria Market and from Spencer Street to Spring Street, plus the area between Victoria and Latrobe streets. The CBD is home to retail, financial, legal, administrative, recreational, tourist and entertainment facilities.

Federation Square is Melbourne’s major public square, situated opposite Flinders Station. As well as hosting arts and cultural events, it broadcasts major sporting events on a giant screen. Federation Square is home to popular facilities including the Melbourne Visitor Centre, the Ian Potter Centre and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

The car parking at Grand Hyatt is operated by Wilson Parking. Preferred rates are available dependant on the time of day parking is required.

We invite you to visit the Wilson Parking’s website to get the most current rates and discounts available when pre-booking.

Valet parking is available through the hotels bell desk team at a rate of $55.00 per 24 hours.


The dress for the APHA Congress is smart casual. The dress for the APHA Congress Gala dinner is Lounge suit.

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that participants take out their own general travel insurance. It is suggested that the insurance policy cover loss of fees/deposit, airfares, accommodation charges, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property and repatriation expenses. The Congress Organising Committee, Congress Secretariat and APHA do not take responsibility for any delegate failing to insure.

In registering for this congress, relevant details will be incorporated into a delegate list for the benefit of all delegates (name, organisation and state only) and may be made available to parties directly related to the congress including Arinex Pty Ltd, venues and accommodation providers (for the purpose of room bookings and congress options) and key sponsors (subject to strict conditions).

Melbourne city to Melbourne airport is about 45 – 60 minute drive, it is highly recommend that delegates leave adequate time to arrive at the airport prior to your required check in time, especially if travelling during peak hour. Melbourne airport has both taxi ranks as well as UBER pick up zones located outside the main terminal doors.

Skybus – city express SkyBus runs express bus services every 10 minutes between Melbourne Airport and Melbourne CBD, operating all day, every day at a flat rate of $19 one-way. They have service desks conveniently located at each our terminals, and provide a free City Hotel Shuttle.

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) operates five timetabled services from the T4 Ground Transport Hub.


Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia.

To ensure you have the appropriate visa please read the following factsheets:

It is suggested that all visitors should apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns.

If you require assistance with your visa application please provide Arinex with your passport details via email at apha2019@arinex.com.au, these details will then be provided to the International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. However, you will need to make your own visa application through your nearest Australian Embassy.


The trickiest part about travelling is working out what weather to expect and in turn, what to pack.

Here is a quick guide to Melbourne’s weather.

During March in Melbourne, the average temperature is 21/15 degrees We highly recommend a jacket for the evenings as it can be cool. Melbourne is known to have multiple weather changes throughout the day and a variety of clothing or layering is recommended.

Arinex Pty Limited is the congress secretariat, should you have any queries in relation to registration, congress sponsorship and exhibition or accommodation. The delegate services team will be your main point of contact:

T 02 9265 0700
E apha2019@apha.com.au

For all new sponsorship or membership enquiries, as well as APHA congress program and social events queries please contact the APHA head office in Canberra on 02 6273 90000