Visas are usually required for entry into Australia - see Dept. of Immigration and Border Protection, particularly the "Find visa" section. Note: the following information is just based on my (GSD) exploration of the website, please check against your own personal circumstances.
Example One "Applying From: France" "Nationality: France" "Purpose: Visit Australia" "Age: All" "Temporary/Permanent: Temporary" "Length of Stay: Up to 3 months" gives a number of visa options of which "eVisitor (subclass 651)" seems the most convenient (free, and lodged electronically).
Other countries which appear to be able to use the 651 visa include: United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, and many others.
Example Two "Applying From: Canada" "Nationality: Canada" "Purpose: Visit Australia" "Age: All" "Temporary/Permanent: Temporary" "Length of Stay: Up to 3 months" gives a number of visa options of which "Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)" seems the most convenient (inexpensive, AUD20, and lodged electronically). The 651 visa appears to be available to many other countries, including the USA and Japan.
The workshop will be held at the Bureau's Head Office, 700 Collins Street in Melbourne for the days of March 11-13. Monday, March-10, is a public holiday in Melbourne, and for that day (only) the meeting venue is the Travelodge hotel, literally across the lane from the BoM - see the Accomodation and Information pages for address and maps.
Melbourne is the capital city of the state of Victoria in southeastern Australia. Frequently touted as one of the world's most liveable cities it has a population of about 4 million and a Mediterranean climate. Click here for a Traveller's guide, including time zone, electricity, transport, tipping, etc.
Travelling to Melbourne
Melbourne Airport (MEL) is serviced by regular flights from most major cities.
Shuttle Bus from Melbourne Airport to downtown: Skybus shuttle buses to downtown Melbourne depart every 20 minutes from the Melbourne airport. The cost is A$17 one way or A$28 return and includes free shuttle service between the downtown bus terminal and your hotel. See Skybus Web site for more information.
Taxi from Melbourne Airport to downtown: Taxis are available from the ground floor level of Melbourne Airport, outside the International Terminal and both domestic Terminals. Expect to pay around A$40-50 for the 20 km (25-minute) trip into the centre of Melbourne.
Please contact Gary Dietachmayer if you have any queries.