In conjunction with the Australian Transport Research Forum

ACE 08

About ACE 08
Program Overview
Keynote Speakers
The Forum Day
Social Functions
General Information
Contact Details

Gold Coast, QLD

Travelling the Gold Coast
Hire a Car
Train and Coach Travel
Air Travel

User Area

Registration, Submission
Committee Administration

Invited Speakers

- Gary Banks
- Chairman of the Productivity
- Commission
- (Productivity Commission)

- Kathryn Dominguez

- Professor of Public Policy and
- Economics
- (Federal Treasury)

- Ian MacFarlane
- Former RBA Governor 
- (Goldman Sachs)

- Charles Perrings
- Professor of Environmental
- Economics
- (UQ)

- John Quiggin
- Head of RSMG
- (UQ)

- Adonis Yatchew
- Editor ‘The Energy Journal’
- (courtesy QUT)

- Joshua Gans
- Professor of Management
- (Information Economics)
- (University of Melbourne)

Major Sponsors


Queensland Treasury Corporation

Reserve Bank of Australia

Queensland Government

Queensland University of Technology

Goldman Sachs

The University of Queensland

Griffith University

Australian Government

Queensland Treasury Copropration

Other Sponsors

The International Review of Economics Education





General Information

Whilst we have endeavoured to ensure all information on the conference web site and printed material is accurate all details are subject to change without notice. Any corrections or amendments will be updated on the conference web site as soon as possible.
In the event of industrial disruptions or service provider failures, neither the members of the Organising Committee nor Conference Design Pty Ltd, accept any responsibility for losses incurred.

Dress throughout the conference is neat casual. Dress for each function is indicated in the function description.

The conference and social functions are non‑smoking (check).

Name Badges
Name badges will be issued when registering at the conference. For security purposes the conference name badge must be worn at all times during the conference and social functions.

Accommodation Accounts
All accommodation accounts must be settled on check-out. The organising committee will not be responsible for accommodation accounts.

Registration fees do not include personal travel or health insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that when registering for the conference and booking travel that delegates make arrangements for appropriate insurance cover. The organising committee and Conference do not take responsibility for any delegate failing to take adequate insurance cover.

Registration Desk
Conference Venue
Holiday Inn Surfers Paradise
22 View Avenue Surfers Paradise
>> More details about the Holiday Inn in Surfers Paradise <<

How to get to the Gold Coast from Airports
Delegates will be arriving at Brisbane International, Brisbane Domestic, or Coolangatta (Gold Coast) Airports.  Airport shuttles and taxi services are available to the Gold Coast Accommodation strip.

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Brisbane airports
Distance: 90 KM South  to Hotel
Travel time: 1.5 hours

Coolangatta airport
Distance: 25 KM MI North East  to Hotel
Travel time: 25 minutes

Contact Phone Numbers
Venue - Reception – Holiday Inn 07 55791000
Venue - Reception - HGC Fax 07 55922908
Police - Emergency 000
Police - General Enquiries 07 5570 7888
Gold Coast Hospital Emergencies: 000
108 Nerang Street Southport
Qantas 13 1313
Taxi – Regent/Black and White Taxis 131 008

The Gold Coast enjoys sunny days year round.  Spring is particularly pleasant time with warm sunny days and cooler evenings.  During September-October temperatures are normally around 15-25°C.  The Gold Coast beaches are warm enough to swim in year round.
>> Visit the Bureau of Meteorology for more information <<

Special Requirements
Please note any special requirements, for example dietary or mobility, when registering for the conference. All special requirements will be forwarded to the venue. For pre-arranged special dietary requirements please make yourself known to the waiting staff at all functions.

All international delegates, apart from New Zealand citizens, must obtain a Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. Please ensure you organise your documentation well in advance of travel.

Australia’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is an electronically-stored authority for travel to Australia for a short-term tourist or business entry. ETAs are issued within seconds of being requested through computer links between the Australian Immigration Department, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers around the world. Over 30 countries around the world have access to the free ETA system.

Conference delegates from non-ETA countries will need to obtain a Business (short stay) visa, even if some tourism activities are planned for part of the stay in Australia. It is called a 456 visa if it is issued as a label into a passport.

Details are available from your Australian Embassy/Consulate or visit the Australian Department of Immigration website ( for more information.

Please email us (we need a contact) if you require a letter of invitation to the conference to support your visa application.

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

English is the official language of the Conference.

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 travellers must declare amounts of $10,000 or more in foreign or Australian currency (notes and coins) you take into or out of Australia.

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The Currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. All prices quoted on this website are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. Credit cards are accepted virtually everywhere and Traveller’s Cheques are also widely accepted. International airports and major hotels provide money-changing facilities.