The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is a world class facility located along the Yarra River – the most versatile and advanced centre of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Melbourne Convention Centre development project was delivered as a Public Private Partnership project under the Partnerships Victoria framework. The Victorian Government contributed $370 million toward construction of the centre and the remaining commercial development was financed privately.
Major Projects Victoria managed delivery of the project on behalf of the Victorian Government.
The precinct provides an important link to Docklands and the city and is an exciting public space for all Victorians and visitors to enjoy.
The Melbourne Convention Centre project:
- provides a world class convention centre that positions Victoria competitively in the national and international convention and exhibition market
- revitalises the precinct by providing a link between South Wharf and the Docklands area
- provides a significant tourism boost to the state through the increased number of delegates attending conventions and exhibitions.
Accredited with the first six-star green star environmental rating in Australia for a convention centre, it offers visitors a mix of natural light and fresh air while using a range of power saving initiatives. The 5,000-seat Plenary Hall can be divided into three self-contained, acoustically separate halls, offering clients greater flexibility with their event planning.
Almost 1,800 jobs were created during the construction period and the convention centre will help to generate additional employment of around 2,500 jobs over the operating period.
The Melbourne Convention Centre attracts major local and international conventions, bringing large numbers of delegates to Melbourne.
The centre’s operator, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, is working with the Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau to attract new convention business.