Pre-visit Information

Bookings
Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability of space and to make any reservations. Visitors should check in with Yvonne on arrival, and on their first visit will receive site orientation specific to VMSC operations.

Special arrangements are required for accessing VMSC out of normal working hours and on weekends. Please notify Yvonne beforehand to organise any out-of-hours access.

Accommodation
A variety of accommodation options are available in Queenscliff and surrounding areas; the summer months can be heavily booked with limited accommodation options available.

Diving
VMSC is regarded as part of each member institution; researchers and students are required to operate under the diving regulations of their home institute.

EHS/OHS
Again, with VMSC regarded as a part of each institution, visitors should act under the appropriate EHS/OHS regulations, including risk assessments for field work and all appropriate laboratory safety procedures. The supervisor for routine operations is their home institution supervisor, who would normally sign off on risk assessments, etc.

As a shared facility however, additional procedures are necessary, especially for storage of chemicals. Chemical storage is under the supervision of the VMSC Technical Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will ensure that chemicals are stored appropriately. A common set of Material Safety Data Sheets is also maintained by Rod Watson.

Boat use
All boat use is subject to authorisation by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and visitors must provide Rod with evidence of qualifications and experience appropriate for the particular boat and location.

Permits

Prior to visiting VMSC, please ensure you have all relevant research permits organised. A copy should be kept on hand at all times when working out of VMSC at Queenscliff.