Exchange Rates

The exchange rates published are sourced from Westpac New Zealand on a daily basis. This rate is valid for a period of 7 days from the time the invoice is sent.

Please Note: There is small incremental buffer included to counter any fluctuations within the time period before payment is made.

AUD / USD Rate: USD 0.735

New South Wales and Queensland Fires

New South Wales and Queensland Fires

Dec 10, 2019    Nathan Bitcheno
New South Wales and Queensland Fires

Unfortunately, serious fires continue to burn along parts of Australia’s East Coast and near-inland.  Additionally, smoke haze is very prevalent in Sydney, Brisbane and their surrounds when unfavourable wind conditions prevail.  Fire-weather conditions are expected to remain serious for the foreseeable future, with Government Authorities elevating fire danger ratings and implementing total fire bans.  A total fire ban prohibits the lighting of all outdoor fires.

Authorities have advised anyone travelling by road to avoid all fire-risk areas.  Road closures are in place and these may change at short notice.  Current areas impacted by the fire emergency can be found at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ and www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au,  Social media channels and local ABC radio are also good sources of up-to-date information.  The emergency services phone contact in Australia is 000 (triple-zero).

The Pacific Destinations team is continuing to monitor the situation, and is working to directly contact any clients (and their agents) who may be impacted to discuss possible alternative solutions and travel arrangements.

As a reminder, if you have clients currently travelling through Australia, it would be of great help to our team if you are able to send through any direct contact information for your clients to allow us to communicate with them as effectively as possible.  A mobile phone number is preferred followed by personal email address - please send these to emergency@pdau.com.au

If you have any queries or concerns regarding clients currently travelling in Australia, please don’t hesitate to contact us either via email (emergency@pdau.com.au)  or call us on +61 2 9955 3979.