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Basic Information About the 2016 PRC
Dates for the 2016 PRC
The PRC will be held from the morning on Monday 25th January, and end on the evening of Friday 5th February 2016. Participants must arrive in Canberra no later than the evening of Sunday 24th January. Most are expected to depart Canberra on Saturday 6th February.
Unless you are an Australian citizen, you MUST hold a 600 Class Visa to enter Australia . No participant will receive a ticket until they present evidence that their visa has been granted. SSGM will reimburse visa expenses for the participants we are sponsoring. So bring the receipt.
Airport Pickup Arrangements
As a participant flying into Canberra for the PRC, you will be met at the Canberra Airport by SSGM personnel, who will take you to your accommodation.
Accommodation and Meals
SSGM sponsored participants usually stay in ANU student accommodation, at John XXIII College. Three meals per day will be served at the College.
The venues where PRC sessions are held are on the ANU campus, in the Coombs Extension Building and in the Hedley Bull Building. They are close together, and a five minute walk from your accommodation at John XXIII College.
Weather and Clothing
It will be mid-summer in Canberra. The weather is usually dry and warm to hot (25 to 38 degrees centigrade) during the day, but reasonably cool at night.(below 20 degrees). But Canberra weather is unpredictable. Sometimes a few days during the PRC are cold, and even rainy. So plan for mainly warm weather, but bring a mixture of clothing, including at least some suitable for cold weather.
During PRC working sessions, feel free to dress casually. We usually make a visit to the Australian Parliament (In February 2015 participants had a meeting there with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Julie Bishop.) Neat casual dress is acceptable for that visit.
If you need more information about any aspect of arrangements for the PRC, please use the following contacts: