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The 2022 AVA Annual Conference takes place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Find information on travel and accommodation below.

Discounted delegate accommodation - book early and save - bookings now open 

We  have an affordable range of specially negotiated travel and accommodation options available – making the Gold Coast not only easily accessible but easily affordable. 

All bookings are through Ozacomm+.  Should you have any queries please contact Madonna Moulds atmadonnam@ozaccom.com.au or +61 (0)7 3854 1611.

 Link to book:  https://events.ozaccom.com.au/2022-ava-annual-conference/accommodation 

"Your Event Rate" are the rates that have been negotiated with the hotel for the event. 

"Alternative Online Rates" are the rates you may see on other 'dot com' systems. The terms and conditions of these rate types may differ, please see the relevant "Cancellation Policy" for details. 

If a room type shows "N/A" this may be caused by 1 or more nights of your selected stay having limited availability. If you require accommodation on a day that is displayed as "N/A" please contact Ozaccom+ for further information. 

Unauthorised Accommodation 

Please be vigilant if approached by any company or service other than Ozacomm+ that implies or claims to be an official accommodation provider of AVA Conferences. We have been made aware of other companies or travel agencies that may be aggressively pursuing you, or your company, to book your guest rooms through their company at supposedly significant discounts. Reservations made through these “pirate” agencies or companies will be at your own risk. 

The Gold Coast is an easily accessible coastal location with a relaxing holiday ambience and abundant activities. 

Located in Broadbeach, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is 20 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta, and a 90-minute drive from Brisbane. Accessed by two international airports, the Gold Coast has direct flights and economical airfares for delegates travelling from around Australia and the rest of the world. 

With seven of Australia’s best theme parks, 40 championship golf courses, more than 600 restaurants and cafes, over 70 kilometres of pristine coastline and some of Australia’s most splendid natural and cultural wonders, the Gold Coast offers many possibilities for creating a memorable experience at the 2022 AVA Annual Conference. 

Please follow the latest health advice from the Queensland Government website. 

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre 
2684-2690 Gold Coast Highway, 
Broadbeach QLD 4218 
Australia 

Website: www.gccec.com.au 
Phone +61 (0)7 5504 4000

Destination Gold Coast has local tips on the best places to eat, stunning beaches, natural attractions ttractions, amusement and theme parks, entertainment, sports and recreation, historical sites, landmarks and more. 

Enter your travel dates to view more events including comedy nights, art exhibitions, markets, karaoke, theatre, live music local tips on the best places to eat, stunning beaches, natural attractions, amusement and theme parks, entertainment, sports and recreation, historical sites, landmarks and more.

May is a vibrant month on the Gold Coast for major and local events. Some events happening around the Conference include: 

GCCEC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all visitors to the Centre. From 17 December 2021, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry. Please be prepared to show this proof on request. View our COVID Safe Guidelines here. 

Accessibility 

This guide aims to accurately describe and provide an overview of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition services in house and the surrounding areas.   

Business Hours 

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. 

Car Rental 

Budget: 13 27 27       Hertz: 13 30 39          Avis: 13 63 33 

Carer's pass - parents room - child minding 

Our carer’ pass gives the Carer access to the conference, exhibition and sessions and allows parents/delegates nursing children to be provided with assistance.   The pass does not include catering for carers.   To request a pass please contact Kandy Musgrave, National Events Manager - email:  eventsmanager@ava.com.au. There is no need to register online.  Your Carer’s Pass can be collected at the registration desk upon arrival. 

Please note there are no arrangements 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. 

The GCCEC offers a Parents Room that is conveniently located on the Ground Floor near the main entrance of the Centre. Essentials are provided, including a change table, kitchenette, microwave, refrigerator and lounge chairs for nursing. 

Currency 

The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. All prices quoted in the brochure are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. To check the current exchange rate visit www.xe.com 

Customs 

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 www.customs.gov.au. 

Disclaimer 

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

Dress 

Conference Sessions: Business Casual 
Welcome Reception: Business Casual 
Gala Dinner:   Cocktail chic/black tie optional 

Indemnity 

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. 

Insurance 

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 (www.immi.gov.au) 
 
You will need to register for the conference and pay your fees before you apply for a visa. 

For more information, visit www.immi.gov.au. 

Language 

The official language of the Conference is English. 

Parking 

Daily flat day rate of $12 (incl. GST).   Enter from the northern end of the building 

Public transport 

Visit out ‘getting there, staying there pages. 

Smoking Policy 

Queensland Government imposes a strict no smoking policy in venues, restaurants, bars and shopping centres in Brisbane. 

Time 

The Gold Coast is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. 

You’re our priority 

 The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) looks forward to welcoming the veterinary community back to face-to-face education and events around Australia. 

The health and wellbeing of our veterinary community is of the upmost importance. To ensure this we continue to closely monitor the circumstances and requirements in all states and territories in line with local, state, and national authorities, public health advice and state government public health directives, as mandated. Currently, our events are running as scheduled and we will respond appropriately and provide further updates should the situation evolve. 

 For more information on the COVID-19 pandemic, how you can help stop the spread of the virus in Australia and what to do if you have symptoms, for official medical advice and information on treatment please visit the Australia Government Department of Health website: https://www.health.gov.au/ 

Queensland Government Health Direction – Conditions of Entry 

From Thursday 14 April 2022, there is no longer a requirement to check-in, or to be fully vaccinated to visit the Centre.
GCCEC remains committed to the safety and wellbeing of all visitors. Learn more here

COVID Requirements:

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre operates with best practice control and management processes that ensure our venue offers a safe environment.

Our COVID safe practices remain in place and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adjust risk management responses accordingly.

Our COVID safe practices include:

Encouraging at least 1.5 metres between individuals

Maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene

Regular cleaning and disinfecting of venue

Communication, consultation, instruction, training and supervision of team

Hygiene reminder messaging throughout venue

Our safety protocols are subject to change in accordance with Australian Government regulations. 

GCCEC Statement of Compliance 

GCCEC Covid Safety Guidelines 

AVA Covid Safety Guidelines 

 

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is located 18.3km from Coolangatta airport and takes between 40-60 minutes to get to Broadbeach.

 

You can purchase a Go Card at the Hub Convenience store inside the terminal for $10.  You then add the amount you think you will need for your stay.  You can top it up at several locations including 7-Eleven stores.

 

Simply catch the 700 or 777 bus across from the terminal to Broadbeach South stop (approx. 40 mins) and either walk to your hotel or catch the g-line tram to stops along the Gold Coast.   The closest stop to the Convention Centre is Broadbeach North (1 stop).  

 

You can download the My Translink plan your journey app to plan your journey or visit 

About Go Card

Use Go card to travel from the airport and journey around the Gold Coast 

Go card is Translink's electronic ticket to fast, easy and convenient travel. Use go card on all Translink bus, train (including Airtrain), ferry and tram services in greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, and Gold Coast regions. Find out more (hyperlink)

Face masks are required on public transport.

 

Register for the AVA Annual Conference

Join us at the 2022 AVA Annual Conference on 22-27 May 2022 @ Gold Coast Exhibition Centre.

2022 AVA Conference Handbook

Download the full Handbook for the AVA Annual Conference as a PDF.

Program in detail

Find out more about the full program on Sched.

Book Accommodation

Book your stay though our partner Ozacomm+

Contact AVA Events

Got a question? Contact the AVA Events team.