Event Overview

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The AHRI National Convention and Exhibition 2018 will take place over four days from Tuesday 28 August to Friday 31 August at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Attendees can choose their own experience by attending 1, 2, 3 or all 4 days.

View the program overview for details.

In addition to speaker sessions, all delegates have access to the dedicated HR exhibition showcasing the latest in HR and people management products and services from many exhibiting organisations.

To complete your experience, the event includes dedicated networking sessions, social events, interactive workshops, social media engagement and more.

Venue Information

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

The MCEC is located in South Wharf, Victoria, adjacent to Melbourne’s CBD. There are two entrances to the MCEC:

  • Convention Centre Place
  • Clarendon Street

Located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River in South Wharf, the Plenary is easily found within the Convention Centre, and can be accessed via Convention Centre Place, or with a short walk down the Exhibition Centre Concourse from the Clarendon Street entrance. Visit the MCEC website for maps, public transport, parking options and more.


National Convention delegates can book accommodation with their registration. A variety of accommodation options at specially negotiated rates have been arranged, all within a short walk from the MCEC.

Why not extend your time in Melbourne and take advantage of the special hotel rates?


The Convention offers you opportunities to build your professional network at the Welcome Reception, dedicated networking sessions and the not-to-be-missed Gala Dinner event.

Connect with like-minded HR professionals, catch up with colleagues and meet new friends in a relaxed atmosphere between sessions, at social events and in the exhibition hall.

Find out more about social events and networking.


Start your day by waking your body and mind, ready for a full day of presentations and engagements.
Complimentary yoga and meditation sessions will take place in the Melbourne Room Foyer, Level 2.

WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST 6.30am – 7.30am Yoga session
THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 6.45am – 7.45am Meditation session

Equipment provided, however it is recommended that participants to bring their own towel. The level of difficulty will be adjusted to suit all participants.

2018 CHARITY PARTNER: Beehive Foundation

This year AHRI are proud to announce the appointment of the Beehive Foundation as the National Convention and Exhibition Charity Partner.

Since 2012 over 10,000 young people and parents have experienced Beehive Foundations innovative programs that proactively helps build resilience, self-esteem, and confidence providing life skills that help achieve their full potential while establishing coping mechanisms for dealing with life’s challenges.  Since their formation, the Beehive Foundation have extended their reach to sporting organisations, schools, community groups, young people seeking employment, and families.

The Beehive Foundation are strongly aligned with the values and goals of community focused HR organisations – a partnership will help young people directly engage with your organisation through the Beehive programs, as well as help you to build the skills necessary for an empowered, motivated, goal-focused workforce, and build staff morale through positive community engagement.

Visit them in the exhibition hall or visit www.beehivefoundation.org.au for more information.


In the weeks leading up to the event you will receive 'Delegate News' emails with useful information and instructions to help you make the most of the AHRI National Convention and Exhibition. AHRI will also post regular updates via social media before, during and after the event. Use the official hash tag #AHRINC to connect with other delegates and for event updates. Find out more about AHRI's social networks.


If you have any questions please refer to the FAQs or contact the Convention registration managers, Arinex, by email or phone +61(02)9265 0700.