National Sports Convention 2019 (NSC)


One Convention, Many Conferences and Events, Industry Backing and with a Single Focus

The 2019 National Sports Convention (NSC) has been developed in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand key sport, active recreation, fitness and facility peak bodies. This year’s comprehensive program is being driven by Sport Australia, Sport New Zealand, Australia’s State and Territory Sport and Recreation Departments, VicHealth and over 20 other sport bodies to align with Sport Australia’s SPORT 2030 vision.

With global peak bodies transforming policy and strategy focus to a systems approach and expanding their horizons to holistically embrace health, fitness, education in a cross sector collaboration, NSC 2019 will embrace this focus and be structured accordingly.

In addition, key priorities around participation, facilities, management of community, diversity and inclusion are embedded in the plenary sessions and technical conferences.

Our vision for 2019: Reimagining Sport; more people active with greater participation opportunities

NSC 2019 has been re-structured to encourage greater knowledge sharing, increased networking opportunities and more interactive sessions. With our largest Sport and Recreation Expo ever, there will be a dynamic collection of solution providers to connect with, more space for networking, dedicated activation areas and more work areas for delegates to utilise while away from the office.

This year’s conference program allows delegates to share one of five key plenary sessions before starting the smaller technical conferences each afternoon.  The plenary sessions have been developed to address some of the industry’s key opportunities and challenges that we are facing, including:

Participation – how to encourage more people to be active and achieve their potential.

Facilities – exploring the importance of urban design to create environments for the community to be more active and what community facilities need to look like to encourage greater usage.

Sports Management – growing sports participation requires a greater focus on our customers and how technology can assist us to achieve a greater customer experience.

A Systems Approach – exploring what this will mean for the industry together with an emphasis on evidence-based decision making to collectively achieve greater outcomes.

Diversity and Inclusion – everyone should be able to have an equal opportunity to participate and be leaders in sport.

The Expo is free to attend.


  • Wednesday 24 July 2019 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Thursday 25 July 2019 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Register to attend below

Getting here

BY TRAM: Tram routes 96, 109 and 12 (Stop 124A Casino/MCEC) will all take you to our Clarendon Street entrance. Otherwise, tram routes 70, 75 and the City Circle (Stop D5) take you to Flinders Street. From there, it’s just a short walk up Clarendon Street until you reach us. For tram timetables or further trip planning, use Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner.

BY TRAIN: Our closest station is Southern Cross. Once you exit the station, you can catch the 96, 109 or 12 tram routes and arrive at MCEC in just a few stops. For train timetables or further trip planning, use Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner.

BY CAR: If you’re being dropped off at the Exhibition Centre, our Clarendon Street entrance is the closest entrance. If you’re getting a lift to the Convention Centre, the entrance near DFO is the closest drop off point. If you’re driving in, our Exhibition Centre car park can be accessed via Normanby Road. You can view more parking options below.

BY BUS: From Monday to Friday, bus route 237 goes via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street, which is roughly a five-minute walk to MCEC. For bus timetables or further trip planning, use Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner.

BY TAXI OR UBER: If you’re heading to the Exhibition Centre, ask your taxi or Uber driver to drop you off at MCEC’s Clarendon Street entrance. If you’re going to the Convention Centre, ask your driver to drop you off at Convention Centre Place, next to Pan Pacific Melbourne and DFO South Warf. We have two nearby taxi ranks – Crown, Clarendon Street and DFO, Convention Centre Place.

When you arrive from Melbourne Airport (also known as Tullamarine Airport), you have three options. You can catch a taxi from outside your terminal or request an Uber by following the signs outside your terminal to the pick up zones. You can also get the Skybus, which has a service called the Southbank Docklands Express that stops at the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC. Receive 5% discount on purchasing tickets online by entering the promotional code ‘MCEC5’.


Company: Wilson Parking Opening hours: 24/7 hours Enter/Exit: Normanby Road Clearance Height: 2.2 metres Please note that our car park can reach capacity early in the day during busy events.

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Company: Care Park Opening hours: 24/7 hours Enter/Exit: Corner of Siddeley Street and Flinders Street, Docklands Clearance Height: 1.9 metres

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Company: Wilson Parking Opening hours: 24/7 hours Enter/Exit: Normanby Road and Munro Street. Collect a validation ticket when making a purchase from DFO and receive a 50 per cent discount on your parking rate.

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Company: Wilson Parking Opening hours: 24/7 hours Enter/Exit: Convention Centre Place or Munro Street Clearance Height: 2.1 metres

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Company: Care Park Opening hours: 24/7 hours Enter/Exit: Munro Street

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Eating there

Shed Café - Exhibition Centre Doors 1-10

The ideal spot for coffee on the go. Treat yourself to delicious house-made cakes and pastries while overlooking the Yarra River and South Wharf boardwalk. For lunch, choose from a selection of fresh, seasonal salads and sandwiches made using Victoria’s finest produce.

Plenary Café - Convention Centre

The perfect place to relax. If you’re waiting for an event or simply a bit peckish between meetings, stop by Plenary Café for home-made jaffles, toasties, salads and wraps. Plenary Café has all your cravings covered.

Goldfields Café + Bar - Exhibition Centre Doors 11-21

The newest Café and Bar on the block. With its vibrant dining atmosphere, it's the ideal place for breakfast made to order, share plates and best of Victorian wines to keep discussing the day's event or just relax. A must visit!


Wheelchair access

There are accessible toilets, ramps and lifts throughout our venue, including lift access from the car parks. If you’d like to hire a wheelchair from us, call our Customer Service team on +61 3 9235 8000 or email us at

Vision impairment

Braille is provided on all room door signage and fixed directional signage throughout the venue. MCEC is guide dog friendly and welcomes any registered assistance dogs into all areas of the building.

Assisted hearing

Most meeting rooms within the Convention Centre are equipped with TTA Hearing Assisted telephones, and we have other hearing assisted devices available to hire. To book, call our Customer Service team on +61 3 9235 8000 or email


Parent Rooms

Our Parent Rooms offer a comfortable and private space for parents and children. Located in both the Convention and Exhibition Centres, these feature everything you need to change or feed in privacy and comfort.

Cloak room

Looking for somewhere to store your coat, pram or luggage? Visit our Customer Service desk at either the Convention Centre Place or Clarendon Street entrances and our friendly staff will happily lighten your load.

Charging Stations

Power on with work or finish off that assignment at one of our many conveniently located charging stations throughout the building.

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