Melbourne Exhibition Centre Expansion Project

The project included the design, construction, commissioning and maintenance of the Exhibition Centre Expansion.

This Project involved a modification of the existing PPP arrangements for the Melbourne Convention Centre Development (MCCD) between the Secretary to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources on behalf of the State of Victoria (the State) and Plenary Conventions Pty Ltd (Plenary Conventions), a member of the Plenary Group (Plenary). The contractual framework for the Project is consistent with the existing MCCD arrangements and with the Partnerships Victoria Framework.

As part of the Project, the Exhibition Centre Expansion was complemented by the private development of a multi-deck car park and 347-room hotel (together, the Commercial Developments). The Commercial Developments, which were complementary to but sat outside of the PPP arrangements for the Exhibition Centre Expansion, were delivered by Plenary entities and their partners in the existing commercial developments at the Precinct. The Commercial Developments enhance the Precinct and improve amenity, with the additional car parking and hotel facilities helping to support MCET events. The costs of the Commercial Developments were borne by the developers.


Melbourne Exhibition Centre Expansion Project


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Department or agency

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)


The Exhibition Centre Expansion extended the existing facilities operated by the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust (MCET), namely the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), by providing an additional six exhibition bays totalling 9,000 square metres plus associated event spaces, client support rooms and public areas, including:

  • 7,500 square metres of flexible exhibition space;
  • 1,500 square metres of multi-purpose space (with retractable seating for at least 900 people);
  • service pods;
  • meeting rooms and informal meeting spaces;
  • a loading dock; and
  • a link/hub space and concourse (including alterations to the existing MCEC facilities) which will improve integration and links to the existing MCEC facilities.

The contract was executed on 30 May 2016 and amended and restated in March 2017. Construction works commenced in June 2016. Construction has been completed as the facility achieved Commercial Acceptance in July 2018. The operating term of the Project will end in 2034, aligning with the operating term for the existing MCCD PPP.

Further information is available on the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre website.

Contact information

Trevor Angst
Director, Capital Projects
Phone: 03 9651 9146


Related information

Project Deed

Reviewed 21/05/2019
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