Event Overview

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Watch this space for more information and event details on the 2018 National Convention and Exhibition.


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.


Each year the AHRI National Convention and Exhibition partners with a local charity whose values and goals align with the HR profession. This gives the charity greater exposure to a wider audience, and helps to build their brand awareness and network.

If you wish to be considered for our 2018 Charity Partner please email AHRI.


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.