Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Narrm, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and to Elders of all First Nations communities that visit MCEC.

First Nations cultural guide


At MCEC, we aim to create a space where ideas thrive, communities come together, and safety and inclusivity are prioritised, with a special focus on honouring the First Peoples of Victoria and Australia. Explore how to navigate and incorporate cultural protocols into your events. Create an unforgettable experience by fostering meaningful connections and mutual respect with First Peoples and their traditions.

Cultural practices

Aboriginal heritage walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens -a man is showing a smoking ceremony to two people standing up with the bright sun radiating behind them.

Cultural experiences

Cultural awareness training

If you're wanting to provide your delegates or team members with cultural awareness sessions Aboriginal-owned training providers should be employed and can be found via Kinaway Chamber of Commerce .

Alternatively, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and Koorie Heritage Trust both offer cultural education.

Cultural education and tours

To help your delegates connect with and learn about Australia's First People, we suggest exploring the educational programs, services, and tours offered by the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation .

Aboriginal-owned training providers should be employed and can be found via Kinaway Chamber of Commerce .

The Koorie Heritage Trust provides educational services and walking tours along the Yarra River/Birrarung near MCEC.

Permissions and sensitivities

Explore key practices for respecting cultural permissions and sensitivities to ensure interactions are respectful and inclusive.

Close up of Djirri Djirri Dance Group at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne.

Doing business

Explore how to engage with Indigenous communities in business, First Nations suppliers, and prioritise involvement of First Nations artists in artwork and design.

Close up of Aboriginal rock carving at Birrarung Marr.

We proudly recognise and respect the Traditional Owners of the land.

We actively engage with Traditional Owners, guided by cultural protocols that respect their sovereignty. Our approach recognises the individuality of each Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community. Our team continues to consult with experts and is dedicated to improving and evolving our protocols.

We invite you to actively include acknowledgements, cultural ceremonies, educational programs, and Indigenous suppliers, making it a meaningful part of your own event experience.

For MCEC events on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country, reach out to Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.
Outside view of the city along the Yarra River. MCEC can be seen to the right with tall skyscrapers behind. The sun is setting so the deep blue sky is reflected in the water.