The ICAC 78th Plenary Meeting will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Dates:  2 – 5 December 2019
Technical Tour:  6 & 7 December 2019

Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane

Sunday 1 December
Panel, Committee and Association meetings (by invitation only)

Monday 2 December
Plenary & Open Sessions
Morning and Afternoon refreshment breaks
Welcome Reception in the early evening  

Tuesday 3 December
Plenary & Open Sessions
Morning and Afternoon refreshment breaks

Wednesday 4 December
Plenary & Open Sessions
Morning and Afternoon refreshment breaks
Gala Dinner

Thursday 5 December
Plenary & Open Sessions
Morning and Afternoon refreshment breaks

Friday 6 December – Saturday 7 December
Technical Tour including overnight stay

Accommodation is not included in either complimentary registration or paid registration.  We have negotiated special rates for your accommodation.  The only way you can book accommodation at these special rates which include breakfast is through our website.  We recommend the conference venue, the Sofitel Brisbane Central.  Please click here for details and to book your accommodation through this website

The names and organisations of all delegates will be distributed at the conference as part of the normal conference materials.

We recommend all delegates take out their own travel and cancellation insurance, and extend their insurance policy to cover personal accident, health issues, possessions, theft, loss of belongings and cancellation of bookings, flights or accommodation.  The organisers accept no liability for these matters

The official language of the conference is English. Simultaneous translation services will be provided in French, Russian, Spanish and Arabic by professional interpreters for Plenary and Open sessions.

Brisbane in December experiences an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius as the city officially starts summer season during this time of the year. On average, the city experiences highs of about 28 degrees Celsius and lows of about 21 degrees Celsius.


  • Plenary Meeting sessions:   suits/business attire
  • Welcome Reception:    suits/business attire
  • Conference Dinner:       Smart casual (and comfortable)
  • Cotton Industry Technical Tour:    Casual and comfortable

We warmly invite all ICAC Members to send up to SEVEN (7)  Heads of Delegations per country to the ICAC 78th Plenary Meeting. There is no registration cost for up to seven  ICAC Member delegates.

We also warmly invite Australian and international cotton industry attendees to take part in the event, especially the cotton industry technical tour, meetings and social activities.

Our priority is to have an audience of those people most involved in the cotton industry and related sectors who will benefit from, and contribute to, the event through discussions, interactions, sharing ideas and opinions and networking.

REGISTRATIONS – please visit our  Registration page

  • For visa, catering purposes and ensuring availability of conference materials it is essential that everyone attending registers.
  • Entry into Australia requires a valid visa – please apply early No visas are issued on arrival in Australia. Visa information page here.

ICAC Members
Your registration includes all ICAC Meetings, Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner. You are welcome to join the Australia Cotton Industry Technical Tour. Click here

Non-ICAC delegates
from any cotton industry or related sectors
Registration fee will be confirmed soon

Your registration includes all ICAC Meetings, Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner. You are welcome to join the Australia Cotton Industry Technical Tour. Click here

For catering, name badge and other logistical reasons, we ask that you register by 15 November 2019 at the latest.   We appreciate it if you can register as early as possible, please.

Cancellations can be made at any time up to 16 November 2019.  After that date, 16 November 2019, cancellations cannot be accepted.  If necessary, another delegate can replace a registered delegate from the same country or organisation provided the Conference Manager, email  is notified of full details in writing by 17 November 2019.

Cancellation of your accommodation bookings must be made directly with the Sofitel Brisbane Central and are subject to that venue’s cancellation policy.  This applies to any other accommodation in Brisbane.

Australia’s national currency is Australian dollars (AUD), which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and one and two dollar denominations. Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent. Currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are easily accessible.


For further information or questions, please contact:

Ms Jann George
Conference Manager

Telephone: +61 7 5493 5439
Cell phone: +61 417 780 670


All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their aircraft.  

Travellers visiting Australia cannot obtain a valid visa on arrival in Australia.

Participants require either a Visitor Visa (subclass 600), or, for those who are eligible, an eVisitor (subclass 651) or an Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa.

You can use the Visa Finder on the Department of Home Affairs website to help you decide which visa you need for entering Australia.

An eVisitor (subclass 651) visa is free and allows short stays (up to three (3) months) for tourism and/or for business visitor purposes. Only citizens of EU-countries (including Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.) are eligible for this visa. 

Participants for this type of visa should apply for it at least two (2) weeks before travelling to Australia. Please check your eligibility by visiting the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa webpage.

An Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa is free, however, there is an online application service charge of 20 AUD for applications lodged online.

This visa allows short stays (up to 3 months) for tourism and/or for business visitor purposes and only citizens of certain countries (including Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.A.) are eligible. Participants should apply for it at least two (2) weeks before travelling to Australia. Please check your eligibility by visiting the Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa webpage.

Visitor Visa (subclass 600) visa costs 140 AUD (for an application lodged from outside Australia) and allows temporary stays in Australia for tourism or for business visitor purposes. A citizen of any country could apply for this type of visa. Participants should apply for it at least two (2) months before travelling to Australia. Please check your eligibility by visiting the Visitor Visa (subclass 600) visa webpage.

Please Note: Conference participants who are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor or ETA visa need to request a Letter of Invitation” to attach to their Visitor Visa (subclass 600) application.

Please email Conference Manager Jann George at  if you need a Letter of Invitation for visa purposes, or any further information.


Australia has a national health immunisation program with recommended vaccinations.  We recommend that each person visiting Australia take note of this immunisation program.  It is in your own interest to ensure you have had these vaccinations. Please click on the link below:

Yellow fever vaccination for travellers

Yellow fever is the disease for which immunisations are the strictest (based on WHO guidelines).  We list the follow advice for travellers from the Australia Health’s website.

Vaccination for yellow fever is strongly recommended for travellers who have never been vaccinated for yellow fever and who intend to travel to countries where there is a risk of transmission. Border biosecurity processes will remain in place for unvaccinated travellers.

On 16 June 2016, the Australian Government adopted the World Health Organization amendment to the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding the period of protection afforded by yellow fever vaccination, and the term of validity of the certificate.

The period of protection and term of validity has changed from 10 years to the duration of the life of the person vaccinated. This is based on data demonstrating for the majority of recipients, a single dose of yellow fever vaccine results in life-long immunity.

International yellow fever vaccination certificates presented at Australia’s border will be accepted even if the vaccination was given more than 10 years ago. Individuals who cannot provide a yellow fever vaccination certificate at the border will still be required to go through border control processes when entering Australia. As is current practice, entry to Australia will not be refused on the basis of non-compliance with yellow fever monitoring and control requirements