Our history

1990
The (former) World Congress Centre Melbourne opened in May 1990 and was located at 7-23 Spencer Street.
1996
Welcome to the world, MCEC! 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
We launch the Club Melbourne Ambassador Program, established to bring the biggest and best conventions and exhibitions to our amazing city.
2009
Melbourne Convention Centre is officially opened as part of a major Melbourne precinct development, made possible by a commitment of $370M from the Victorian State Government and $43M from the City of Melbourne.

We became the first convention centre in the world to be awarded a 6-star Green Star environmental rating.
2014
MCEC officially becomes the new host of Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, one of Australia’s most iconic and life-changing fundraising events.

This year we also host Australia’s largest health and development conference, the International AIDS Conference, attracting 14,000 attendees.
2015
The Victorian State Government announces a $205M expansion of MCEC.

This year we’re also recognised as one of the BRW’S Most Innovative Companies in Australia.
2016
The annual Club Melbourne Fellowship program is launched to support Victoria’s mid-career researchers and potential future Club Melbourne Ambassadors.
2017
MCEC is named an Employer of Choice by the Australian Business Awards. We were awarded this same accolade in 2018 and again in 2019.
2018
The MCEC expansion opens on 8 July. The expansion increases event space by 25 per cent and increases our total size to 70,000 square metres.

The City of Melbourne awards our Club Melbourne Ambassador Program the 2018 Melbourne Award for ‘Contribution to Profile by a Corporation.’

This year we joined forces with 13 Melbourne organisations to support the development of the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, a wind farm in regional Victoria which has offset 15 per cent of our electricity consumption.
2019
MCEC exceeds $1b in economic impact to the state of Victoria.

Named one of two Melbourne host venues for Victoria’s largest conference, 2023 Rotary International Convention, expected to attract 20,000 attendees.
2020
In consultation with the state and federal governments, MCEC launches an industry-leading VenueSafe plan enabling COVIDSafe events.

This year we also undertake a comprehensive business transformation to better position ourselves to serve our customers and community in the wake of the pandemic.
2021
MCEC launches a new brand offering under the banner ‘Home of the Unconventional.

This includes:

A state-of-the-art virtual and hybrid digital event platform. 

THE LUME Melbourne, Australia’s first digital art gallery. 

Launch of a new five-year sustainability strategy.
2022
We welcome back global events and continue to collaborate closely with state and federal government to lead the industry recovery post-COVID.