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Business Etiquette

In keeping with its distinctly work hard, play hard culture, the protocol in Sydney is classically informal. During the week, business is often accomplished over a long lunch, with alcohol included, and the weekend can start as early as Friday lunchtime.

Australians are very friendly people, and socialising comes easily. Nevertheless, there are a few things that may offend or irritate. The 1st is the use of the informal ‘G’day’, foreigners should avoid trying to imitate this overused greeting. The 2nd is that, while out drinking, a system of ‘rounds’ is observed and it is not acceptable when someone skips his or her round by not offering to pay.

Gift giving is not a common practice, although a small token (such as chocolate, wine or flowers) is suitable if invited to a home. If at a loss for discussion topics, sport is always a good choice.

Both men and women often wear suits, Business hours are officially weekdays, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, although an extended working day is very usual in certain sectors and it is not uncommon for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.

Conference Centres

The details below are of the Australia Sydney meeting venues approved by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC).

MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre

Address: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales 2109, Australia
Telephone: (61) 2.9850.9300
Facsimile: (61) 2.9850.8595
Email address: conferences@mgsm.com.au
Website address: www.hotel.mgsm.com.au

It is located 15 kilometres North West of Sydney on Talavera Road, North Ryde.

The meeting facilities are vast, with 46 meeting rooms, including 6 tiered lecture theatres, 7 flat floored meeting rooms and 33 breakout rooms. All rooms have full AV equipment. There are Business centre facilities, laundry and dry cleaning, a Reading Room, 24 hour reception and off street parking.

It includes Lachlan's Restaurant, Mortarbaord Cafe and private function rooms that can seat up to 200 people. There is also a licensed Lounge Bar which is open daily.

The accommodation includes 40 4 star ensuite rooms with queen size beds, fully serviced daily, individually controlled AC, TV, iron and board, tea / coffee making facilities, direct dial phones and modem access.

There is a gymnasium onsite, with squash, golf range, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and indoor rock climbing on campus.

MGSM CBD Campus

Address: 51 Pitt Street, 6th Floor, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Telephone: (61) 2.8743.8300
Facsimile: (61) 2.8743.8333
Email address: issy.decastro@mgsm.edu.au

It is a Non residential conference centre situated right in the heart of Sydney's Financial District and nearby to Circular Quay.

There are 12 Meeting Rooms which range from 12 square metres to 108 square metres, and 120 Guest Rooms.

There are Data points and wireless Internet throughout the campus.

Newport Mirage

Address: Queens Parade West, Newport, Sydney, New South Wales 2106, Australia
Telephone: (61) 2.9997.7011
Facsimile: (61) 2.9997.5217
Email address: paul@newportmirage.com.au

Newport Mirage is a residential dedicated 4 star Conference Centre located 30 kilometres or 1 hour drive from Airport on Sydney's Northern Beaches on waters edge overlooking beautiful Pittwater waterway and National Parklands.

There are brilliant Meeting Facilities, including 4 rooms from 44 square metres to 145 square metres, with full AV available. There is also a Waterfront function room and poolside BBQ waterfront area available.

There is a full service conference centre, business centre, Wireless Internet, Data points, shuttle service, 24 hour reception, AV and dedicated conference support staff.

There are Tailored gourmet menus, a Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Poolside BBQs, and the famous Newport Arms Hotel is only next door.

The accommodation is 4 star, with 47 rooms (Waterfront & Spa rooms are available).

There is a Pool, Hi tech Gym, Outdoor Spa, BBQ area, Sauna, Bushwalking, Watersports, Team Building & more, Sailing, Surf Beaches, and Famous Palm Beach is just 10 minutes away.