For Conference Planners and Organisers

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 ensure members have access to "value" deals .
  • 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 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 Planners and Organisers 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 planning or managing small or large meetings.

•  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 

A special welcome to our new business partners.

  • Oncall Interpreters
  • Catalyst Consulting Events
  • Keynote entertainment
  • South Sea Cruises   
  • Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
  • P&O Cruises

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

The Association conference will be held in Adelaide from the 29th of November to the 1st of December 2015.  

If you are interested in speaking at the conference or conducting a workshop, please email a 200 word outline of your proposed presentation to

More information shortly...


The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), is the place for suppliers and buyers in the business events industry from Australia, Asia-Pacific and the rest of the globe to connect, learn and do business. AIME is the largest international business event in Australia with over 750 exhibitors from 5 continents.


 The Association Blog

CIM Magazine is the official publication of the PCO Association, members should check every issue for Industry News and Association updates.



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