Venue & Host City


 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is superbly located on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River, close to the heart of the CBD and just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s International Airport. The new Convention Centre opened in June 2009 and was part of a $1.4 billion development in South Wharf that includes a Hilton Hotel, lifestyle retail precinct and shopping space.

The venue is an easy walking distance from a range of accommodation options, which will be available to delegates to book at the time of registering for the Congress.

MCEC Green

MCEC was the first centre in the world to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star environment rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for the Convention Centre’s innovative environmental design and operational features. They also achieved their Gold EarthCheck Certification in 2016, following five years of continuous Silver accreditation. EarthCheck benchmarks their sustainability initiatives against other convention centres in Australia and by awarding them gold, has placed MCEC as a leader in a unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators.

Some of MCEC’s sustainable design features include:

  • maximum natural light with an 18-metre tall glass façade
  • energy efficient lighting
  • solar hot water
  • displacement ventilation with fresh air being released at lower levels
  • radiant slab heating and cooling
  • low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) to enhance indoor air quality
  • sustainable use of building materials.

View some of MCEC’s sustainability design features here
View MCEC’s sustainability policy here


MCEC aims to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all its visitors in order to promote positive experiences for people with a disability. All accessibility features are detailed on their website and listed in their ‘Accessibility Features’ document

Host City

With over 4 million residents, Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and is renowned as Australia’s knowledge and cultural capital. Situated on the picturesque tree-lined banks of the Yarra River, in 2016 it was voted ‘The World’s Most Liveable City’ by the Economist for a sixth consecutive year.

Melbourne is a thriving and cosmopolitan city with a unique balance of graceful old buildings and stunning new architecture surrounded by parks and gardens. It’s also home to some of the world’s most outstanding communities of research and innovation and is the birthplace of Australian film, television, art, dance and music. Melbourne offers a sophisticated multi-cultural lifestyle, hidden laneways abundant with arts, museums, festivals, sporting events, food, wine, shopping and much more. Melbourne really is the place to be.

Melbourne also comes alive at night with the most live music venues in Australia and a burgeoning number of chic and groovy inner city bars and restaurants for every level and style of socialising imaginable. On top of all of this, Melbourne is also the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles and Victoria’s most admired beaches.

To find out more about what Melbourne has to offer, visit You can also get tailored advice once you have arrived by going to the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, open 0900 to 1800 7 days a week.

If you do not wish to book an accommodation option recommended by the Congress organisers, please see recommendations on where to stay in Melbourne below:  

St Kilda
Perfect for travelers coming to Australia in winter and who still want to be close to the beach. St Kilda also has a wide variety of accommodation options, entertainment, restaurants, and shops. The Congress venue is a short tram ride from St Kilda via the 96 tram. 

This area is known to be quirky and alternative. It is a fantastic location to experience Melbourne like a local. The Congress venue is a short tram ride from Fitzroy via the 11 and 96 tram. 

High Street, Armadale, allows for a whole new wardrobe for the Congress, or a great gift for friends and family back home. A Frankston train leaves from Southern Cross, a short walk from the Convention Centre.

This Melbourne suburb is a mini Italy with a street dedicated to Italian food on Lygon Street. Perfect for Europeans far from home feeling a little homesick. The Congress venue is a short tram ride from Carlton via multiple tram options. 

This inner-north precinct has a lively music scene, with something to do every night no matter your tastes, both in food and in music. The route 19 tram takes you straight from the CBD to Sydney Road.

Melbourne CBD (Central Business District)
As the name suggests, it is the heart of the city of Melbourne. There is a great variety of shopping precincts with art museums at your fingertips. If you choose to stay here or elsewhere, take the time to walk down to the National Gallery of Victoria, catch a show at Hamer Hall or visit Federation Square. 

For more information, click here to read the full article in TIME OUT, or here for the Visit Victoria article.