Recognised as Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre from 2012 – 2015 by the prestigious World Travel Awards, MCEC connects you with everything you need for a successful event. This includes amazing spaces, leading technology, creative food and wine and staff with the skills and experience 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 2015, the Trust employed seven Trustees, 169 full-time employees and the full-time equivalent of eight part-time and 190 casual employees.

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.

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.


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.