Program + Venue

2024 Welcoming Australia Symposium

Opening Reception

30 April 2024, 5:30pm (for 6pm) – 7:30pm
Sky Room, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Symposium Day 1

1 May 2024, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Boulevard Room, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Symposium Day 2

2 May 2024, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Boulevard Room, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Symposium is fully catered (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea) and dietary requirements can be specified in the event registration process.

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  • Symposium 2024 Day 1

    May 1 2024

  • Welcoming Australia now leads and activates the largest network for advancing social cohesion across the country: how did we get here and what’s next? 

  • Symposium 2024 Day 2

    May 2 2024

The Venue

Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre

Opened in 1995, BCEC is owned by South Bank Corporation on behalf of the Queensland Government and is proudly managed by leading international venue management specialists ASM Global.

With a focus on innovation and sustainability, BCEC brings over 26 years of industry knowledge to deliver exceptional, world class experiences with award-winning service, and a commitment to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

BCEC has a global reputation for excellence as reflected by 192 awards including the AIPC APEX ‘Worlds Best’ Convention Centre Award for 2016 to 2018, and Runner Up in the AIPC APEX Award for 2020-2022.

Getting there:

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has three entrances. Welcoming Australia Symposium is best accessed by the Grey Street Entrance. Further information about accessing the BCEC can be found via this link –

Undercover parking is available for up to 1500 vehicles. The car park has direct lift access to the Centre’s multiple convention floors and exhibition facilities. Car park 1 is best for Merivale Street rooms, Car Park 2 & 3 are best for Exhibition Halls and Grey Street rooms via Russell Street Walkway.

Taxi ranks are located outside the main entrance to the Centre on Merivale Street and a taxi drop off located at the Convention Centre Grey Street entrance.

BCEC is a short stroll across from the Brisbane CBD connected by Victoria Bridge. Hotels, restaurants & bars, South Bank beach and its parklands are all within walking distance from BCEC.

Public Transport
Getting to BCEC via public transport is easy and efficient with bus, ferry and train options available. More information about planning your journey via public transport can be found on the TransLink website.

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