MCEC key dates

1990
The (former) World Congress Centre Melbourne opened in May 1990 and was located at 7-23 Spencer Street.
1996
Melbourne Exhibition Centre opened on 14 February by former Premier of Victoria, Jeff Kennett AC.
2004
Victorian State Government announced the development of a new Convention Centre as part of a major precinct development. This project incorporated a commitment of $370 million from the Victorian State Government and $43 million from the City of Melbourne.
2005
Launch of Club Melbourne Ambassador Program.
2009
Melbourne Convention Centre opened on 5 June by former Premier of Victoria, the Hon. John Brumby AO.

Became first convention centre in the world to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star environmental rating.
2014
New host venue of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Hosted Australia’s largest health and development conference, International AIDS Conference, attracting 14,000 attendees.
2015
Victorian State Government announced $205 million for the expansion of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Recognised in the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies List.
2016
Annual Club Melbourne Fellowship launched to support Victoria’s mid-career researchers and potential future Club Melbourne Ambassadors.
2017
Named Employer of Choice by the Australian Business Awards (re-awarded in: 2018 and 2019).
2018
Joined forces with 13 reputable Melbourne organisations to support the development of a wind farm, as part of the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project.

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion opened on 8 July by Acting Premier of Victoria, James Merlino. The expansion increased event space by 25 per cent, increasing MCEC’s total size to 70,000 square metres.

Club Melbourne Ambassador Program awarded 2018 Melbourne Award for ‘Contribution to Profile by a Corporation’ from the City of Melbourne.
2019
Named as one of two Melbourne host venues for Victoria’s largest conference, 2023 Rotary International Convention, expected to attract 20,000 attendees.

Exceeded $1 billion in economic impact to the state of Victoria.