Behind the scenes of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit at MCEC

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PM Anthony Albanese at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2024. (Photograph by Penny Stephens/ASEAN)

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has released a case study of the 2024 ASEAN-Australia Commemorative Summit in March.

Marking the 50th anniversary of Australia’s dialogue partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the summit took over the entire venue, bringing together leaders from nine Southeast Asian countries and Timor-Leste, as well as prominent figures from business, community, and academia.

“The 2024 ASEAN Commemorative Summit was not only a significant event for us at MCEC but an event that will leave a positive legacy for Australia and the world,” said MCEC chief executive Natalie O’Brien.

“The summit brought together leaders and experts from all over Southeast Asia. It was a complex and intricate event to plan and coordinate, but the success of the summit showcases our capabilities as a premier events venue on a global scale.”

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Delegates attend the Session 7: World Cafe – Changemaking and Leadership during the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2024. (Photograph by Wayne Taylor/ASEAN)

Maxine McIntyre, MCEC’s Project Specialist – Major Events, said the MCEC team collaborated with the Federal Government, local authorities and precinct partners to deliver the high-profile event.

“We conducted numerous pre-event site inspections and held meetings with Victoria Police and the ASEAN Taskforce to align on security goals,” said McIntyre.

“We established a venue operations control centre through close collaboration with various agencies, including Victoria Police, Fire Rescue Victoria, Ambulance Victoria, 1300 Medics, Citywide Traffic Management and event security, providing a holistic perspective of event operations, enabling real-time triaging of event requirements and ensuring the event’s success and safety.”

During the summit, Australia announced comprehensive new initiatives across various sectors worth over $500 million, aimed at deepening economic, cultural, educational, and environmental ties with Southeast Asia and ASEAN.

These included launching a $2 billion Southeast Asia Investment Financing Facility, establishing a dedicated ASEAN-Australia Centre and easing travel between Southeast Asia and Australia.

Read the full case study here.