About Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Recognised as Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre from 2012 - 2016 by the prestigious World Travel Awards, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) connects you with everything you need for a successful event – incredible spaces, leading technology, award-winning food and the expertise to bring it all together.

MCEC is owned by the Victorian State Government and managed by Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust.

For the financial year ended 30 June 2016, the Trust employed six Trustees, 183 permanent employees and 481 casual employees. A record-breaking 2015/16 saw MCEC host almost 1,000 events that contributed a record $959.4 million to the Victorian economy, honouring the venue’s commitment to provide a strong return on the investment made by the Victorian State Government while remaining Australia’s venue of choice for business events. To view MCEC’s 2015/16 ‘Year at a Glance’ brochure click here.

MCEC’s employee-driven, organisation-wide culture program is called ‘unity’ and delivers both outstanding customer experiences and a more innovative and rewarding working environment for employees.

Our purpose and vision

MCEC's core purpose is to connect people through memorable experiences.

Our vision is to be the world’s best events destination, leading the way in food, technology and service.

Our guiding principles:
  • Excellence: Proud of who we are and excel to be the very best.
  • Innovation: Embracing new ideas and creativity.
  • Integrity: A commitment to being honest and ethical.
  • Respect: Act with consideration and appreciation.
  • Working together: As one we are empowered, supported and recognised.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre strives to be a leader in corporate social responsibility through running a sustainable business that is ethical and accountable in areas including:
  • people 
  • community 
  • economy and industry 
  • environment.
We are proud to support our preferred charities Launch Housing and SecondBite through fundraising activities, in-kind support and a workplace giving program. 

Through sponsorship we also support not-for-profits, below are some events that we have recently sponsored:
  • Starlight Foundation 5 Chefs Dinner
  • Variety Children’s Christmas Party
  • Lord Mayor’s Christmas in July. 
We work hard to do business with sustainability top of mind and you can find out more about our green practices, design and event offering here.

Our architecture

Visitors are often struck by the architectural brilliance of MCEC, which has won some of Australia’s most prestigious architecture and design awards.   

The Exhibition Centre opened in 1996 and was created by Denton Corker Marshall, a Melbourne architectural firm responsible for many of Melbourne's larger buildings through the early 1990s, and features their characteristic "blade" entrance.

Its main entrance of metal blades tilted at an angle and supported by a pair of yellow rods has placed it on the list of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings. In 1996 the Exhibition Centre was awarded the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for public architecture.

The Convention Centre was designed by joint architects Woods Bagot and NH Architecture and opened its doors in 2009. 

The project was delivered as a public private partnership (PPP) and was managed by Major Projects Victoria on behalf of the Victorian State Government.

The triangular form of the building relates to its site, a key focal point for Melbourne’s urban axis that runs through the Central Business District, Docklands and the Yarra River.

Since completion the Convention Centre has been awarded many accolades for their design and architecture. View the awards here.

Our results

The 2016/17 financial year was the most successful on record for MCEC. This exciting milestone wouldn’t have been possible without you, our customers, partners, suppliers, the State Government of Victoria and Melbourne community.

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