Travel Assistance

AYUSH International Conference & Exhibition

We are delighted to have your attendance at the AYUSH International Conference & Exhibition.

The theme of the conference is “Prevention and management of pain and lifestyle diseases through AYUSH (Aurveda, Yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy)

Conference Information

Date: October 6th and 7th, 2018

Location: RMIT University, Bundoora Campus in Melbourne, Australia Plenty Road, Bundoora VIC 3083

 

Note: transportation and accommodation assistance will be provided to International and National speakers – For delegates please email admin@ayurved.org.au for assistance, our volunteer team will be to assist you further. 

 

Transportation

  • Train: The closest Metro train stations are Thomastown and Lalor Stations on the South Morang line, and Greensborough Station on the Hurstbridge line. From here you can connect to local buses and trams.
  • Tram: Yarra Trams Route 86 will take you directly from Waterfront City Docklands to the Bundoora campus gates. Get off at stop number 70 (Janefield Drive) for the West side of the campus, and stop number 71 (Bundoora RMIT) for the East side.
  • Bus: Check Public Transport Victoria for details of connecting services.
  • By Car: Bundoora campus is on Plenty Road between Bundoora and Mill Park. Both the East and West sides of the campus can be accessed from the closest major freeway, the Metropolitan Ring Road (M80).
  • If you have any doubts, check https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au for more information

Weather: October is a beautiful time to visit Melbourne. Spring has sprung, with temperatures averaging around 21 degrees Celsius. Make sure to bring a jacket, as the low can dip to around 11 degrees in the evenings. There is a slight possibility for rain, so we recommend bringing a rain jacket as well. Before you arrive in Melbourne, visit http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/melbourne.shtml for up-to-date information on the weather.

Welcome to Melbourne

The city of Melbourne with its creative laneways, high quality and diverse dining atmosphere, artistic pulse, and sporting enthusiasm is sure to cater to the needs of all visitors.

Suggested Activities

  1. Check out the artistic laneways
  2. Botanic Gardens
  3. Queen Victoria Market
  4. Free walking tour
  5. State Library

Conference Guests

We are expecting anywhere from 300 to 500 guests, including Indian AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, Mr. Greg Hunt MP Minister from Health from Government of Australia, Indian High Commissioner Canberra Dr. A M Gondane, and Acting Consulate General of India Melbourne Mr. Rakesh Malhotra. Other eminent people are AYUSH secretary, Joint Secretary, and University Vice Chancellors.

Currency

1 The Australian dollar is equivalent to about 51 Indian Rupee. Check the exchange rate before you visit, as rates change rather quickly. The most common method of payment is by credit card. Visa and Mastercard are most commonly accepted. 

Dining

Your food will be provided free of charge during the two days of the conference. However, you will be responsible for the costs of food outside of the conference days. Also, it is important to note that any friends, family, or assistants accompanying you will not have their food expenses covered. Please make sure to plan accordingly.

Eating out in Melbourne can be quite expensive. You can expect to spend up to $50-$100 a day on food alone. However, there is quite a variety of cuisine and pricing options for you to choose from. Here are a few restaurants that are conscious and budget friendly.

  • Lentils as Anything: not-for-profit vegan restaurants ran by volunteers. Pay as you feel, guests contribute what they are financially able to. No expectation to pay.
    • Location: There are three locations in Melbourne.
      • 1/3 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, VIC 3067
      • 41 Blessington St, St Kilda, VIC 3182
      • 562-564 High St, Thornbury, VIC 3071
    • Hours: Hours vary based on location. Check the website for specific hours
    • Website: http://lentilasanything.com/.
    • Cost: Pay as you feel
  • Crossways Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant: Menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes served by the Hare Krishna group.
    • Location: 1/123 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
    • Hours: 1130am – 8pm Monday-Saturday
    • Website: crosswaysfoodforlife.com.au
    • Cost: All you can eat. $7.95
  • Om Vegetarian Restaurant: Family run business serving Indian food. Provide free meals to the hungry.
    • Location: There are four locations in Melbourne.
      • RGIT Building, LVL 1, 28 Elizabeth Street
      • Wales Arcade, 227 Collins Street
      • Capitol Arcade, 113 Swanston Street
      • McPhersons Building, 546 Collins Street
    • Hours: Each location varies, but each opens at 11am and close from 8pm to 11pm.
    • Website: omvegetarian.com
    • Cost: All you can eat Thaali $6.5. Other dishes available and highest priced dish is $13.90

Accommodation

Please note that your accommodation will be provided for two nights for speakers only. If you wish to extend your stay you will be responsible for booking and be purchasing further accommodation. Also, please be aware that the AAA will not sponsor any accompanying friends, family, or assistants for their accommodation. Please plan prior as it will be difficult to get the accommodation on the spot, make sure you organize a prior booking. 

For accommodation please check the following links at. 

google maps link; https://goo.gl/maps/Hwmz9ZxkRK42

Below are few good options to book the accommodation (Subject to availability)

One who is seeking the accommodation should follow the link and book directly.

https://unilodge.com.au/lodge/rmitbundoora/ – walking distance from the event venue. (Very Close to the conference location

https://unilodge.com.au/lodge/swanston/ – In Melbourne city.

Booking.com

https://www.booking.com/

Wotif.com

https://www.wotif.com/Hotel-Search?mctc=10&mdpcid=wotif-AU.meta.hpa.coresearch-localuniversal-desktop.hotel&mdpdtl=htl.2100092.20180719.20180720.DDT.5.CID.431979978.AUDID.&startDate=19/7/2018&endDate=20/7/2018&selected=2100092&paandi=true

 

What you need to apply for your Visa

To apply for Visa you might require following things

1.Invitation letter or conference ticket provided by the organizers. 

2. Conference brochure or marketing material – Provided By AAA or AYUSH team.

3. Website link- http://www.ayushaustralia.org/– take the snapshot of the page and print and submit online.

4. Bank statement of organizer Association- Provided by AAA to the speakers only. 

5. Your employer letter stating that you been issued the permission to attend same (you may need this). If you are self-employed kindly provide the necessary documentation to prove that you are running a business in the country where you reside or applying for the visa. 

6. Your personal bank statements. Reflecting the amount necessary to pay the expenses for your stay in Australia. On average the living expences are high in Australia, make sure you have 3000-4000 AUD in your account to prove that you will able to afford the trip to Australia. 

7. Statement of purpose with the reasons for attending this event (your local immigration agent will help you with this). Like learning, education, share the scientific ideas and bring mutual collaboration.

8. To download and applying for the visa- please follow the below link: the visa process is paper-based and online. Please check the below link for more details, for further assistance please email admin@ayurved.org.au

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/600-

http://www.vfsglobal.com/australia/india/ 

9. To buy your conference ticket follow the below link and do the needful, after that your ticket will be sent to your email, which you have to download!!

http://www.ticketebo.com.au/ayush-international-conference-exhibition-2018-melbourne-australia.html

10. It’s better to submit the to and fro tickets to Melbourne, indicating your stay or just tentative booking is also gives them assurance.

11. Note AAA will not hold any responsibility of your visa, travel and accommodation expenses, We provide the food and drinks for days of the conference at the venue.