Coronavirus (COVID-19) - MCB

Information for Partners 

To help ease some of the strain on our 200+ partners due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), Melbourne Convention Bureau has extended the membership period for all our current partners at no extra cost. The best outcomes come from working together through difficult times. Helping our partners navigate the challenges presented by this situation is MCB’s highest priority right now. 

Business events can be held in various settings across Victoria, from meeting rooms in hotels, museums, restaurants and cafes, to dedicated conference facilities. Therefore, the restrictions applied to these events depends on the setting in which it takes place. For further information please see the Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening on the website.  Further information, including frequently asked questions, will be published to the sector guidance pages for accommodation, hospitality, attractions and experiences and tourism (tours and transport).

The Victorian Government has provided a Public Events Framework and information to help organisers of public events in Victoria to meet their safety obligations and responsibilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the website. 

MCB currently is participating in regular liaison with industry bodies including:

Further Information and Resources

  • Download the Australian Government Coronavirus App to access to access up-to-date official information. Available on Android and Apple.
  • Do your best to stay informed and use information from reputable sources, for example the coronavirus section of the Department of Health and Human Services website
  • The Australian Government is offering support to Australian businesses affected by COVID-19, regardless of whether you are a sole trader or employ staff, find out what support is available to you via
  • The Victorian Chamber of Commerce are providing information to help support businesses affected by COVID-19. They’re offering various resources including guides, webinars and suggested business policies and procedures to use during this time. To access this information visit:
  • If you haven’t already you should review your business continuity plans in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. There is now a national emergency response policy document that takes precedence over any existing plans so you should review your plans against this: Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan For Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Businesses across the state can now access information on dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19) by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.The hotline will provide the latest information on the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and how this affects businesses, including how to access financial support available through the national stimulus package. Operators calling the hotline will be able to get information about support services, including those available through Business Victoria, which offers mentoring to help operators develop business continuity and recovery plans. The Australian Banking Association (ABA) announced that their members will defer loan repayments for six months for small businesses who need assistance because of the impacts of the coronavirus.
  • The Federal Government released an economic stimulus package which may assist some businesses.
  • Here is a fact sheet on for hotels and hotel staff.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has the latest information here.  
  • The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has provided comprehensive information on both Federal and State support initiatives:
    • For Federal Government Support Initiatives, click here.
    • For State Government Support Initiatives, click here.
  • The Accommodation Association has released its COVID-19 factsheet to its members which includes comprehensive information that seeks to respond to the many questions they have been receiving. It includes new information that comes to hand, as well as member only factsheets on COVID-19 and Industrial Relations matters. This resource contains details on the latest updates from World Health Organization and Department of Health; links to the Government Stimulus Package; Advice on Occupational Health & Safety; and on the Industrial Relations response. Learn more here.
  • Visit Victoria COVID-19 Updates here
  • The Australian Government has released new workplace safety protocols and COVID-19 Information for workplaces, guiding business and industries in a return to operations in a safe environment.
  • Business Victoria has provided guidelines and resources to assist businesses in the Tourism Industry to reopen. For the Tourism Industry Guidelines for COVID-19, click here.


2020 Events Cancelled/Postponed 



Original Date

New Dates

Event Organiser Contact

International Neurotrauma Symposium 2020 (INTS2020) Postponed 29 March - 2 April 2020 7 - 11 February 2021


Nikkita Mitchell, Senior Conference Operations Manager 

E P +61 2 9265 0760 | M +61 490 891 013

17th World Congress on Menopause April 2020 (IMS 2020) Postponed 30 April - 3 May 2020 4-7 February 2021

BT Congress

David Genazzani, Marketing Executive Officer

E / P +39 06 8546198

World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup (part of Melbourne International Coffee Expo 2020) Cancelled -MCB is working to secure this event in a future year 4-7 May 2020  

Prime Creative

Simon Coburn, General Manager, Events

E / P +61 9690 8766 / M +61 406 343 104

CODA 2020 Cancelled -MCB is working to secure this event in a future year 28 September - 2 October 2020  

The Associations Specialists

Nell Harrison CEM, Executive Director 

E / P: +61 2 9431 8619 | M: +61 452 419 108

The 21st ICHS Symposium on Infections in the Immunocompromised Host. Postponed 7-9 June 2020 31 Jan - 2 Feb 2021

ICMS Pty Ltd

Athina Goutzamanis, Conference Manager

E / P +61 3 9810 0218 | M +61 406 614 165

7th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics Postponed 13 - 17 July 2020 July 2021 dates TBC


Dr. Cathy Foley,  Chief Scientist 


Business of Sport Summit Postponed 15 - 16 April 2020 1-2 December 2020

Connect Media 

Jane Forbes

E / P +61 2 8004 8590

9th Chapman Phytosanitary Irradiation Forum

Postponed 24 - 26 March 2020 12 - 14 October 2020


Ben Reilly,
Fresh Produce Business Manager

E / M +61 417 122 230

International Conference on Community Psychology Postponed 26 - 28 June 2020 TBC

Australian Psychological Society (APS)

APS Conference and Events Team / P +61 3 8662 3300

International Behavioral Ecology Conference - ISBE2020 Postponed 27 September - 2 October 2020

11 - 16 Sept 2022

Waldron Smith Management

Kate Smith, Managing Director

E / P +61 3 9907 8625

Global Academic Programs Conference (GAP) Virtual Conference

19 – 23 April 2020

17 -19 November 2020           

Leishman Associates

Paula Leishman

International Conference on Micro Reaction Technology - IMRET 2020

Postponed 8 - 11 December 2020 5 - 8 December 2021

Royal Australian Chemical Institute - RACI

Roger Stapleford, CEO

Meeting of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists - IFOMPT

Postponed 5 - 9 October 2020 19 - 21 September 2022

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Elaine Grant, Conference and Events Manager

T +61 3 9092 0823/ M +61 412 683 068/ E

Eleventh ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems (e-Energy 2020)

Virtual Conference

22 - 26 June 2020

No Change

IBM Research Australia

Arun Vishwanath, Senior Research Scientist

World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE)

Postponed 13 - 16 September 2020 3 - 6 September 2021

MCI Australia

Nazli Barootian, Project Manager

World Congress of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association (IHPBA)

Virtual Conference

21 - 24 September 2020


27 - 29 November 2020   

MCI Australia

Christina Gregory, Project Manager

D +61 7 3858 5484/ T +61 7 3858 5400


International Computational Neuroscience Meeting (CNS)

Postponed 18 – 22 July 2020 16 - 20 July 2022

University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Engineering

Georgia Giannkis, Project Officer


International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD) Postponed 6 - 11 September 2020 September 2021 (dates TBC)

Caroline Vézeau, Convention Services and Sponsorship Coordinator (MCB)


For Melbourne Convention Bureau Partners seeking updates on conferences beyond 2020, please visit your Partner Portal where changes to events outside of 2020 are being reported on.

Partnerships Enquiries

For partnerships related enquiries please contact:

Rebecca Eagleson, Director, Partnerships and Events

T +61 3 9002 2317 / M + 61 407 043 881 / E