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National Business Events Program

Melbourne Convention Bureau’s National Business Events Program is designed to give a helping hand to domestic business event organisers in holding their events in Melbourne.
With a focus on domestic association conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars, as well as corporate meetings and incentive group events with a business event program, funding is available to offset actual costs for hosting their events in Victoria.
Applications for the National Business Events Program are now open. Click the button below and fill out the form to start your application process.
Funding Support Available
The program provides eligible event organisers funding up to $25,000 to support actual costs for hosting their event in Melbourne, including accommodation, venue hire, transport and other event costs, with 50 per cent payable before the event commences to support upfront expenses.
Eligibility and Mandatory Criteria
All submissions to the National Business Event Program will be assessed against mandatory criteria. Before submitting your applications, please ensure you have reviewed and addressed your events eligibility.
The business event must:
  • Be attended by at least 150 in-person delegates, virtual participants cannot be included.
  • Have a minimum two-day business event program (with one-night stay).
  • Have a minimum of 30% of delegates who reside outside of Victoria.
  • Be a business to business (B2B) national event
  • Be held prior to 31 December 2022.
  • Venue has not yet been contracted
For further details please refer to the National Business Event Program Guidelines.
Application Deadlines
Applications for the National Business Event program are open until 30 June 2021, or when available funding is exhausted if sooner.