General Information

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre   

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) bring people together to deliver world-class events and create memorable visitor experiences.

MCEC provides you with the right spaces to connect, leading technology, award-winning food made in-house and exceptional customer service. Located on the banks of the Yarra River, MCEC offers sweeping city views, is only two traffic lights from the airport and a short stroll to Melbourne’s city centre. Add all of this to Melbourne’s unique character – a vibrant city with a relaxed atmosphere – and you’ll find yourself in the perfect place to learn, share and connect in one of the world’s most liveable cities.

MCEC was recognised as Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the prestigious World Travel Awards.

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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf  3006  Victoria

Tel:  + 61 3 9235 8000

AVA  stand – member benefits

Come and visit our stand to find out about member benefits

AVA Wellness Centre

(At the AVA stand)

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The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is open to public access. For security purposes delegates, speakers and exhibitors are asked to wear their name badges to all sessions. Entrance to sessions and the exhibition is restricted to registered attendees only.

Business Hours and Banking

Banks generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours Monday – Friday.  General office hours are 0900 – 1700 Monday – Friday.  Post Offices operate these hours, however stamps are often available from hotels. 


Morning and afternoon teas, lunches, welcome reception and happy hour catering is provided in the Exhibition. Afternoon tea on Thursday will be served in the foyer.  There will be a dedicated table for dietary requirements.

Child Care

Please note that no official arrangements have been made for child care during the Conference. We suggest you check with your accommodation provider who may be able to assist you further with babysitting services during your stay.

Cloak Rooms

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The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. All prices quoted in this brochure are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. To check the current exchange rate visit Credit cards are accepted virtually everywhere and Traveller's Cheques are also widely accepted. International airports and major hotels provide money-changing facilities.


Delegates carrying commercial goods or samples may need to obtain permits for their goods depending on the nature of the goods, regardless of value. Quarantine and wildlife regulations and other restrictions may also apply to certain goods. All travelers must declare amounts of $10,000 or more in foreign or Australian currency (notes and coins) you take into or out of Australia. For more information visit


The information provided in the handbook is correct at time of printing. The Organisers reserve the right to amend the program as circumstances dictate.


Conference Sessions: Business Casual
Welcome Reception: Business Casual

Education posters

More information to follow.


Australian electricity supply is 240V, 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug.

Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner is held on Thursday 8 June

GST Information

Since 1 July 2000, Australia has adopted a new taxation system incorporating the Goods & Services Tax (GST). All prices quoted for this Conference are inclusive of GST, unless otherwise specified. As part of this new taxation system, the Australian Government introduced the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS). The scheme is administered by the Australian Customs Department and took effect on 1 July 2000. The TRS enables travellers departing Australia to claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia. The refund applies to goods over the value of A$300 when items are purchased in the same shop within 30 days of your departure from Australia.  Should an item be too large to take onto the aircraft as hand luggage you will need to visit the TRS clearing office at the international airport with the item and receipt.  The receipt will be stamped TRS sited and at that point you can check the large item in with your luggage.  Once you have cleared customs you can collect your refund from the TRS desk by showing your receipt or items purchased.  It does not apply to services or goods consumed or partly consumed in Australia, however the goods can be used before departing Australia.

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In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances the Australian Veterinary Association accepts no responsibility for loss of monies incurred by delay or cancellation.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the conference, or through cancellation of the conference, loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia, failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason, medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The conference managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

International Visa Entry Requirements

International delegates please note: You will need a visa to enter Australia.

All international visitors to Australia (the sole exception being citizens of Australia and New Zealand travelling on Australian and New Zealand passports) must obtain a visa in advance. You are urged to apply for a visa not later than six weeks prior to travel. Residents of many countries may now apply for a visa online, others will need to apply at an Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission. For information on how and where to apply for a visitor’s visa to Australia, please go to the Department of Immigration Website.   Visa fact sheet

You will need to register for the conference and pay your fees before you apply for a visa.

International delegates - Letters of Invitation and Visas

Official letters of invitation designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries will be sent on request. It must be understood that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Organizing Committee to provide any financial assistance.

Please note that our policy is to only isssue a letter of invitation to an international delegate once registration and full payment has been received.  A letter of invitation from the conference does not guarantee entry in to Australia. Please email to request a letter of invitation after your registration and payment has been submitted and attaching your paid invoice. 


The official language of the Conference is English.


Exhibition Hall

Exhibition prize winners, program changes, messages from delegates and exhibitors can be left on the message board.


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Public transport

Travel information for getting around.

Registration desk

Outside Exhibition Hall, Door 8

Sunday 4 June 2017 4.00pm-8.00pm
Monday 5 June 2017 7.00am-7.00pm
Tuesday 6 June 2017 7.00am-7.00pm
Wednesday 7 June 2017 7.00am-8.00pm
Thursday 8 June 2017 7.00am-5.30pm







Melbourne Shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours during the week with late night shopping on Friday until 2100 hours. The hours in the CBD and shopping centres on Saturdays are generally from 0900 to 1700 hours and on Sundays from 1000 to 1600 hours.  Shopping is close by to the MCEC at the Duty Free Outlet South Wharf.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited inside the Convention Centere and all hotels. All buildings are 100% non-smoking. Most restaurants and
bars are smoke-free as well.

Things to do

10 things to do in Melbourne

Local dining options


Melbourne is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Melbourne, Victoria, practices Daylight Saving Time.  Daylight Saving Time advances the clock one hour during the summer months and usually commences at 2am on the first Sunday in October and ends at 2am on the first Sunday in April each year.  During Daylight Savings Time, Melbourne is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean time.

Trialling questions for the National Veterinary Examination  

Exhibition Hall, Stand 1

Many veterinarians trained overseas are required to sit the National Veterinary Examination to check that they are of the same standard as those trained in Australia and New Zealand.

Throughout the conference, the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) is asking vets to trial some questions to enable them to collate data to determine their suitability for the examination.

One (1) VetEd point is available for each set of questions completed. Trialling is anonymous.

Help AVBC maintain the high standard of veterinary practice in Australia.

VetEd points

The Conference offers delegates 28 hours of continuing professional development with up to 26.5 CPD points over the full week.

All delegates can earn extra points by attending one of the post-conference workshops and field trips. AVA members VetEd points will be automatically awarded if they include their membership number when registering, and can earn extra points by completing trials at the National Veterinary Examination stand.


Free wi-fi is available.   Connect to MCEC link on your device.