Industry Network

Our industry network

MCB is proud to be aligned with prestigious organisations locally within Melbourne and Victoria, across the nation and around the world. Working with these organisations allows the Melbourne Convention Bureau to showcase Melbourne and Victoria as a leading business events destination.


The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is the Australian business events network driving economic prosperity for Australia. AACB brings together Australia's most influential city and regional bureaux, dedicated to marketing their specific region as premier business events destinations to domestic and international markets. AACB and its members represent more than 1,700 tourism and events industry operators.

Associations Forum is a commercial, member-based network of 600 associations, charities, clubs, societies and other not-for-profit organisations. They provide assistance to hundreds of associations and charities in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, India, South Africa and other nations.

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)  is the leading association for current and future association and not-for-profit (NFP) leaders in Australia and New Zealand. They are focused on fostering a strong and robust association sector in Australia and New Zealand through providing professional development, support and networking opportunities for existing and emerging leaders.

BestCities Global Alliance is a network of twelve premier meeting destinations. Melbourne is a founding member of BestCities Global Alliance. The mission is to deliver exceptional standards in conference, event and association management, helping clients achieve meaningful impact through a global network of industry experts. 

The BioMelbourne Network is made up of biotechnology, medical technology, pharmaceuticals and health innovation companies in the state of Victoria. They connect business, research, finance, health and government to support and promote the sector’s growth. MCB works closely with the organisations across the BioMelbourne Network on securing business events and positioning Melbourne as an international knowledge hub. 

Business Events Victoria (BEV) is a membership-based group. It operates as a collective group and identified the need for a coordinated and cooperative industry approach to the marketing and promotion of business events for regional Victoria.

GDS Index is the leading sustainability benchmarking and improvement programme for destinations around the world. It is used to assess current social and environmental performance of a destination, and then to drive improved performance. It is a powerful tool for clients to assess the sustainability of destinations to visit or meet in.

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) - represents the world's leading suppliers in handling, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises over 1,000 member companies and organisations in almost 100 countries worldwide.  

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) mission is to raise the standards of service amongst its members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals.

MCB Strategic Partners - MCB work with strategic partners to deliver international and national events in Melbourne.

MCB Local Partners – MCB works with industry partners including accommodation, venues, event support services, restaurants and tour providers to bid, win and host international conferences and other business events, in turn delivering business to local partners. 

Melbourne Chamber of Commerce is an independent voice for business and part of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Our focus is on connecting business leaders, corporate and large organisations and working with government to strengthen the economic prosperity of Victoria.

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) is a national, independent not for profit organisation dedicated to servicing the needs of the meetings & events industry and promoting professionalism and excellence in all aspects of meetings and event management. It also promotes the value and effectiveness of meetings and events as an important high-yield sector of business travel and tourism.



The Doherty Institute is a centre of excellence where leading scientists and clinicians collaborate to improve human health globally. The Doherty Institute is a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, combining research, teaching, public health and reference laboratory services, diagnostic services and clinical care in infection and immunity. 

AusBiotech is Australia’s life sciences organisation, working on behalf of members for more than 35 years to provide representation and services to promote the global growth of the Australian life sciences industry. AusBiotech is a well-connected network of over 3,000 members in the life sciences, including therapeutics, medical technology (devices and diagnostics), digital health, and agri-biotech sectors.

The Burnet Institute is an independent Australian organisation that links medical research with practical action to help solve devastating health problems. Burnet brings together a highly diverse skill base, with more than 400 staff and students working across cutting-edge research and projects to address some of the most relevant global health issues. The institute carries out interdisciplinary health programs to tackle some of the most challenging global health issues including: Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risks and Health Security.

The University of Melbourne's core research and development facility, Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute), is a multidisciplinary research centre specialising in medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology. The institute seeks to improve human health and the environment through innovation in biotechnology and related areas, driven by collaborative research and dynamic interactions with industry. 

Swinburne is a world-ranked university leading the way in innovation, industry engagement and social inclusion. Their education, high-quality research and industry partnerships create positive change for students, staff and the community. They connect quality research to science and technology with business and the community. Their standing in prestigious world academic rankings reflects our commitment to high-quality teaching, research and graduate outcomes.


RMIT is one of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT has an international reputation for excellence in education, research and engagement with industry and community. It is a global university of technology, design and enterprise and is a world leader in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

affiliated industry organisations

The Australia China Business Council is the premier bilateral business organisation in Australia dedicated to the Australia-China economic relationship. It is a national not-for-profit membership organisation with branches in every State and Territory. It has a network of over 20,000 organisations and a membership of over 700 focused on furthering Australia-China trade and investment.

Association of Accommodation Australia (AAOA) is the representative body for the Australian accommodation industry. In 2020 the Accommodation Association now represents over 80% of all known accommodation providers ranging from small regional motels, caravan parks and the largest hotel groups in world including Accor, Hilton, Wyndam Destinations and IHG.

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) is an industry body representing Australia’s tourism export sector. Members include inbound tour operators and online distributors who connect Australian tourism products with vital distribution channels in key overseas markets. Services include B2B opportunities, industry advocacy and development, education and business capacity building, local and national networking events and conferences.

Business Events Australia (BEA) delivers marketing communications, industry partnerships and a trade distribution program to raise international awareness and consideration of Australia as a business events destination.

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) provides an umbrella structure for the key industry associations operating in the Australian business events sector. BECA provide a single voice for the industry and liaise with the federal government and relevant agencies on matters common to all sectors of the industry. 

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is an industry association for those in the business of trade and consumer expos and events. The association work to ensure industry growth by encouraging high industry standards, promoting the professionalism of EEAA members and highlighting the unique business opportunities that exist through exhibitions and their associated events.

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) empower Meeting and Event Professionals globally. It is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide, and committed to providing the best education, experiences and relationships to help you produce the best meetings and events.

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) educates and informs the business events industry. With more than 7,000 members and an audience of more than 50,000 individuals, PCMA is the world’s largest network of business events strategists.

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) is comprised of 2,000+ members and 29 local chapters. The incentive travel works to reward, retain and motivate employees. The SITE global member community, which represents 84 countries is on a mission to strengthen and inspire this extraordinary industry.

Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) represents the needs and interests of the substantial operators of Australia’s accommodation industry, providing leadership for its members through advocacy, industrial relations and legal support, intelligence, research, education and networking.

Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) is an industry group for the Tourism, Transport and Aviation sectors. TFF is a national, member funded CEO forum, advocating the public policy interests of the most prestigious corporations and institutions in the Australian Tourism, Transport, Aviation and Investment sectors.

Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) is a body for Victoria’s tourism and events industry. They offer the latest news and information, connections to tourism and events professionals, accredited training and invaluable employer advice to help you thrive and avoid potential pitfalls.