The Ultimate Conference
For The Australian Events Industry

The National MEA Conference will be held at the newly expanded and totally spectacular Adelaide Convention Centre.

This is the ultimate events industry conference offering all sectors of the Australian events industry a platform to learn, network and grow.

The 2018 conference will focus on the new and upcoming – technology, materials, techniques and trends that will inform your events practice today and in the future.

This is a conference you cannot afford to miss


Annabel Crabb – MEA2018 Local Champion

Meetings & Events Australia is thrilled to confirm that Annabel Crabb, proud South Australian, is the inaugural MEA Conference Local Champion.

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's most beloved journalists. She is the host of ABCTV’s Kitchen Cabinet and recently wrote and presented a groundbreaking documentary series set inside Parliament House, “The House, with Annabel Crabb”.

Annabel is the author of the bestselling book “The Wife Drought” and wrote a long-running humourous syndicated column in Fairfax newspapers about social affairs. She is a sought-after speaker and presenter.

As host of the ABC's enormously popular series Kitchen Cabinet, Annabel has broken bread with Australia's most influential political leaders and shared her magnificent desserts in kitchens around the country which led to the release of her book co-written with Wendy Sharpe “Special Delivery - Favourite Food to Make and Take”.

Annabel and her good friend Leigh Sales co-host the top-rating independent podcast Chat 10, Looks 3 , in which the pair discusses books, television, cooking and culture.

Introduction Videos

Episode 1 - Welcome to Adelaide Episode 2 - The Local Cuisine Episode 3 - Things to do Episode 4 - The Secret Language

Why You Should Attend?


What you don’t know, or rediscover what you have forgotten.

Get Creative

Open your mind and your business to create new opportunities.


Experience an extensive program of fine speakers, breakouts and special presentations.


Gain practical tools that will improve your business and motivate you in life.

Be Inspired

Hear from world leaders and influencers, their stories and future predictions of the events industry.


Applaud the Award winners and celebrate their success.

Make New Friends

Engage with future leaders and network with the leading lights in the Australian events industry.

Have Fun

Enjoy music, fine food, wine and scintillating conversations.

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What our delegates say

  • Amy Buttery
    Excellent program - really enjoyed it and came away feeling inspired with lots of a new ideas.  Great work :)
    Amy Buttery
  • Samantha Isnard
    The MEA Conference is the where you go to learn from the engaging insightful speakers and is the place to be at to network with the industry's finest.
    Samantha Isnard
    DC Conferences
  • Amy Buttery
    Excellent program - really enjoyed it and came away feeling inspired with lots of a new ideas.  Great work :)
    Amy Buttery
  • Dianna Crebbin
    MEA 2017 was a really great conference: everyone from our team said they got something from it
    Dianna Crebbin
    DC Conferences
  • Sally Brown
    Thank you MEA for a very rewarding and valuable 2017 Conference! A great choice of talks to attend, all with excellent Speakers.  The Gala Awards Dinner was fantastic.  I am very pleased that I attended and am looking forward to Adelaide next year. 
    Sally Brown
    Conference Connections
  • Ryan Taylor
    I very much enjoyed the conference, as did my colleagues. I have always found the MEA Conferences to be great for professional development, networking and a touch of fresh motivation. Entering the next round of awards is certainly something we are considering for later this year.
    Ryan Taylor
    AVPartners Perth