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Brisbane FAQs

What is the G20?

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a group of major advanced and emerging economies. The G20 includes 19 countries and the European Union. The G20 is the premier forum for its members’ international economic cooperation. For more information see About G20.

Where is the G20 Leaders' Summit in 2014?

Brisbane is the host city for the G20 Leaders' Summit in 2014. The summit will be held on 15 and 16 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank.

How many people will be attending?

Based on attendance at previous G20 meetings, the summit will attract up to 4,000 delegates and up to 3,000 domestic and international media representatives.

What are the G20 Cultural Celebrations?

Running from 24 October to 16 November 2014, the G20 Cultural Celebrations program will include cultural events, visually stunning lighting displays and many other activities Brisbane residents and visitors can participate in. Brisbane city and surrounding suburbs will come alive for a world-class celebration of arts, culture and sport.

The program encompasses signature events, music programs in local parks and pubs, dance events, street performance, art, film and the lighting of the city in extraordinary ways. The cultural celebrations program reflects Brisbane's role as the host of the 2014 G20 Leaders' Summit.

When is the public holiday for people in Brisbane?

Friday 14 November 2014 will be a public holiday for people who work in the Brisbane Local Government Area. To find out if you work in this area visit the Queensland Electoral Commission’s interactive map.

How will I be affected as a local resident or business person?

For most people in Brisbane it will be business as usual over the long weekend.  However people living, working or travelling across the Brisbane CBD and South Brisbane can expect to see a visible security presence and significant changes to the operation of Brisbane’s traffic and transport network. 

Impacts will be greatest in the Brisbane CBD, South Brisbane and routes to and from the airport and the city, and there may be flow on effects and congestion across Brisbane. Every effort will be made to ensure Brisbane’s traffic and transport network will be operational for the Monday morning peak.

For more information visit the Traffic and Transport page.

Will emergency services be impacted?

Emergency services will be operational over the summit long weekend and people requiring emergency medical attention should always use emergency services, not try to make their own way to seek help. Call 000 in all emergencies.

Will there be road closures and changes to public transport?

Over the period of the G20 Leaders' Summit, the Brisbane public can go about their business; however traffic and transport changes should be expected.  

The greatest disruption to traffic and transport arrangements will occur between Friday 14 and Sunday 16 November. For more information visit the Traffic and Transport page.

Will public transport be available?

There will be reduced public transport services in the Brisbane CBD and South Brisbane over the summit long weekend. Alternative public transport services will be in place however they will differ from normal timetables so keep up to date about changes by visiting translink.com.au or calling 13 12 30 before you travel.

Travelling by train or ferry will be one of the best public transport options during the G20 as buses will be significant impacted. Public transport outside of the inner city should operate as normal. The majority of train, bus and ferry services within Brisbane will run to a public holiday timetable on Friday 14 November.

Will Brisbane Airport be affected?

There will be disruptions to the road network to and from the airport over the summit long weekend. The Airtrain is the best way to travel to and from the airport over the summit long weekend as the service will not be subject to delays. For details on service times please visit airtrain.com.au.

While diversions will be in place to assist motorists avoid congestion, there are likely to be delays as a result of greater travel distances. People driving to and from the airport should plan to arrive early and allow extra travel time.

Taxi services and other transport companies will be subject to the same traffic impacts and these services will also incur additional travel time.

Flight delays can be expected due to special arrangements for State Aircraft. The peak period for delays is likely to be throughout the day on Friday 14 November and on Sunday afternoon. Travellers should contact their airline closer to the flight time to confirm if any flight delays are expected. Check bne.com.au for updates.

Will the Brisbane River be affected?

Brisbane River will be closed to vessels between the Go-Between Bridge and the Story Bridge from Thursday 13 November to Monday 17 November. Public transport will still operate. Visit Maritime Saftey Queensland for more information.

Will parts of Brisbane be restricted to the public during the Leaders' Summit?

The majority of the Brisbane CBD and South Brisbane will be open for everyone and people who live and work in the area will be able to continue to enjoy their regular weekend activities.  However there will be changes to roads, parking and public transport.  Where possible, residents are encouraged to walk or cycle as the majority of footpaths will be open.

‘Local access only’ restricted areas can be expected in the immediate vicinity of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in the period surrounding the G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2014. Additionally, some hotels where foreign delegates will be staying will be restricted from public access.

Access to businesses and homes in Brisbane CBD and South Brisbane areas will be maintained but usual transport routes may vary. 

What if I need to access the restricted or closed areas in Brisbane for work or home?

The accreditation process for G20 is the responsibility of the G20 Taskforce in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. There may be a requirement for a limited number of residents and businesses in the immediate area of the BCEC to be provided with vehicle access at certain times during the summit to enable them to get to and from home and/or work. Where a requirement for accreditation has been identified, people will be contacted directly.

How will deliveries be made to restricted areas?

All venues in restricted areas are developing Master Delivery Schedules with the details of the companies that will need to make deliveries during the period that the venue is a restricted area. Normal delivery schedules may be changed as venues are trying to minimise the deliveries received during this time.

When the Master Delivery Schedule is known, the venue will contact providers about required deliveries and the process they will need to follow. Delivery drivers do not need to undergo full accreditation if they are not leaving their vehicles or the unloading area.

When are the Community Information Forums?

The G20 Taskforce has hosted a number of Community Information Forums in partnership with the Queensland Government, Queensland Police Service and Brisbane City Council in Brisbane. For more information visit the Community Information Forums page.

My business offers services that would be of use to the G20. Can I meet with the G20 Taskforce to discuss its requirements?

The G20 Taskforce has completed a large amount of the necessary procurement for the Brisbane Leaders’ Summit. At this point in time the G20 Taskforce is not considering unsolicited proposals for goods or services. 

All procurement is undertaken in accordance with Commonwealth Procurement Rules. Open tenders will be advertised through the AusTender website at tenders.gov.au.

Can I use the G20 logo for my business, organisation or publication?

The G20 logo and sub brands are registered for trademark. Any requests to use the logo or co-branding must be done via a formal 'Request to use logo' form that can be obtained by emailing G20mediaops@pmc.gov.au .

There is no official G20 publication for the Brisbane Summit. This website is the primary source of official information about the G20. Resources from official G20 meetings are available from this website's library.

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