MEA is the largest and oldest association for event professionals in Australia; dedicated to representing the broader events sector which employes more than 229,000 professionals who stage, produce, manage, support and supply the 480,000+ events held nationally each year.


Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) is a not-for-profit events industry association that can trace its roots to the formation of the Association of Conference Executives (ACE) in 1975, which occurred following a meeting of event professionals who shared a common interest in the conference industry.

Following years of independently state-run ACE branches, a single national association was finally formed on 1 July 1985 under the name Meetings Industry Association of Australia (MIAA), ensuring uniform membership categories and regular communication with members nationwide. MEA was one of the first industry associations with their own website for members.

In 2005, MIAA changed its trading name to Meetings & Events Australia. The new name embraced the broader industry and reflected the changing mix of members.

Today, MEA is operated by a small but dedicated team and has representation in each state and territory of Australia through the work of its volunteer-led branch committees. The future of MEA, and indeed the industry, looks brighter as it emerges from the lingering impact that COVID-19 has left. The Association looks forward to continuing to serve its members for many years to come.


MEA models excellence, innovation, evolution, and quality standard that its members and the greater events industry may draw inspiration from and be motivated to emulate, for the aggregate betterment of the industry.

MEA enables and validates the Australian events industry to achieve potential, by facilitating an environment that avails and fosters opportunity; education; business, professional and personal development; recognition; career; networking; resources; and advocacy and representation.

MEA exists as an ecosystem to link the diversity of people and businesses who constitute the Australian events industry; one which fosters nourishing, mutually beneficial relationships that, through their existence, achieve the delivery of quality events that bring optimal returns on investment for all stakeholders.


MEA's core purpose is to support progress in the careers of our members and advance the event industry.


Every member of MEA is required to conduct their business with integrity and in an ethical manner to earn and maintain the confidence of clients, colleagues, employers, employees, and the public and to maintain the reputation of the business events industry. 

Download a copy of MEA’s Code of Conduct here.