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Games Time Media Arrangements

The Melbourne 2006 Media Services team is committed to ensuring your efforts to cover the Games are assisted efficiently and effectively. In each monthly update of Media Services Operational Arrangements you will find the latest information to help you plan your coverage of the Games.

For the latest up-to-date information please view the Operational Arrangements update below, and browse past Operational Arrangements.

Note deadlines updated 30 March 2005.

Keys dates for Accreditation and Rate Card


Key Dates Deadline
Print and Photographic - Distribution of Applications Forms 10 July 05
Media/Press - Closing Date for Applications 7 Nov 05

Rate Card

Key Dates Deadline
Release of Rate Card Catalogue 1 April 05
Closing Date for Rate Card Orders 14 Oct 05
Final Payment Due 18 Nov 05

Accommodation -- Commonwealth Games Travel Office

The Commonwealth Games Travel Office (CGTO) has finalised its negotiations with media hotels. There are four designated media hotels, all within walking distance from the Main Press Centre. Prices start from AUD$103 per room per night for budget accommodation, and AUD$269 per room per night for superior style accommodation. Apartment options are also available.

Media seeking accommodation should log-in to CGTO via the Media Login located in the top right hand side of the screen or contact the CGTO on Tel: +61 3 9676 2438 Fax: +61 3 9645 6985 Email CGTO.

Media who have not been notified of the Media Access Code to log on to the booking page of the website should contact the Commonwealth Games Travel Office to receive the access code.

Rooms will be allocated to media in order of receipt of reservations.

National Visits Media Card

Media wishing to cover the Royal Visit to Australia and non-Games related activities will need to apply for a National Visits Media Card. A National Visits Media Card identifies the holder as a person with a legitimate media interest in the visits of foreign dignitaries. 

Melbourne 2006 Games Accreditation does not entitle media to enter venues other than Commonwealth Games venues. Similarly a National Visits Media Card (alone) does not allow entry to Games venues without Games accreditation. Therefore Games accredited media will be required to apply for a National Visits Media Card if they wish to participate in the Royal Visit or other visiting dignitaries tours.

Appropriate documentation needs to be completed to apply for a National Visits Media Card. View the National Visits Media Card application form.

For assistance regarding the National Visits Media Card, contact the Protective Security Coordination Centre on 02 6250 5378 or email

Contact us

Michelle Bartlett
Program Manager, Media Services

Georgina Stayches
Program Coordinator, Media Services
Email Georgina Stayches

Jayne Field
Coordinator, Media Services
Email Jayne Field.

If there are any items of particular interest that you would like to see in this monthly update or for further information please email Georgina Stayches.

Media Services Operational Arrangements

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