Organisers, Producers, Managers and Convenors

The Association helps you by

  • Providing relevant training seminars and online learning programs to improve performance and best practice.
  • Working  with Supplier Business Partners to build strong B2B relationships.
  • Sending updates on industry trends that assist you to benchmark your performance and knowledge.
  • Lobbying Governments to support the sector and understand its value to the economy.
  • Assisting members to recognise opportunities to advance careers or grow your business in the sector.
  • Providing information to asist those who plan, manage, produce, convene or co-ordinate meetings or events.
  • Providing an arbitration process to assist with the settlement of disputes with suppliers, clients or attendees.
  • Working with other industry bodies on projects of mutual interest to the respective memberships.

Join the Association here   |   Join a SIG here |   Book eLearning here    

Meeting and Event Producers and Managers may need information and expertise in a number of areas. The following list is by no means exclusive but will give you an idea of the issues that can arise in producing or managing small or large meetings.  From Government policy to social media plans and implemenation;

•  Websites and online registration systems
•  Marketing Programs
•  Business Plans
•  Media Plans
•  Budgets and Cash Flow Preparation
•  Risk assessment and Public Liability
•  Sponsorship
•  Audio Visual Setup
•  Theming and Set Design
•  Room Block Management                                              


•  Exhibition Management
•  Delegate Boosting
•  Program Coordination and Speaker Management
•  Publication/Brochure/Printing Management
•  Financial Management
•  Mailing List and Data Management
•  Contract Guidance
•  On-Site Management
•  Secretariat Services
•  Venue Finding and Contract Negotiation

Are you using an Accredited Conference & Event Manager?

The PCO Association offers an Accreditation Program for individual Conference Managers and Companies. The following is a list of Accredited Members.

Business Partner Program

The PCO Association’s Business Partner Program is available to organisations with an interest in, or who supply to the conference and events sector. The Business Partner Program was developed to facilitate engagement between Professional Conference Organisers and the greater conference, meetings, and events community.

It's a great way to work with conference planners and organisers, get further details including Maxine Tod's (Director of Business Partnerships) contact information here 

Work with our business partners on your next event, see the list here

Join a Special Interest Group

Members and non-members are welcome to log in. We have SIGS on "Innovation" chaired by Danny Davis and "Technology" chaired by Craig Rispin.  Members will also have access to Ric Willmot's business webinars.

More deails here.

Online Learning

Online learning will be the focus of our PD program in 2014.  We have a wide range presenters and topics available.  

For a copy of the program or to book a place... here.

International Affiliate Program

The Association has introduced an affiliate program for Meeting Planners and Managers from the PCO, Association and Corporate Sectors, outside Australia and New Zealand.  Affiliates will have complimentary access to the full online learning program in 2014.

 If you are interested, complete this application form.

Meetings Industry Conference Australia and New Zealand - Adelaide 2015

Now is the Time!

The 8th PCO Conference and Exhibition themed “Now is the time”, will be held in the Adelaide Convention Centre, from the 29th of November to the 1st of December 2015.  

It will provide a platform for Conference Planners, Organisers, Producers, Researchers, Managers, Convenors and Supplier Partners to examine and discuss the drivers of business in the Meetings Industry in Australia and New Zealand.  We will examine the opportunities available for Business and Career development in this fast paced sector.  

The program will feature presenters who address both the micro and macro issues that impact our industry ranging from practical case studies to the latest research. This year’s workshop program is being developed based on member and business partner feedback and will focus on the “how to” of a range of skill sets. 

The value of both the Australian and New Zealand currencies will stimulate international inbound growth while providing an incentive for our local Associations to stay closer to home. These factors are contributing to the positive business outlook in the MICE sector in the short to medium term. We look forward to discussing these and other opportunities with you in Adelaide… our host City also has a lot to brag about… so it will be a great time and place to grow your network and do some business! 

Adelaide is a city that offers the physical and emotional space to breathe. There is a sense of freedom here - of expression, of movement, of thought. With a diverse and eclectic array of accessible experiences, it's a city that allows time for immersion, paired with a sense of space and freedom that actively encourages true indulgence. Physically gifted with luxuriously wide boulevards, great swathes of parks and gardens, enormous skies and wide-open spaces, Adelaide is also a city of contrasts.  

But best of all, Adelaide is a city that lives well beyond its conveniently designed square mile epicentre, flowing seamlessly into world-famous wine and food regions such as Barossa, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, coastal escapes in the Fleurieu or Yorke Peninsula, or the timeless beauty that is Kangaroo Island.

Conference website official launch on the 29th of April 2015

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