Our membership includes a broad range of sectors and organisations across Greater Melbourne, who all have one thing in common – a passion for helping Melbourne prosper.
AECOM is a Fortune 500, fully-integrated infrastructure and support services firm with a long and proud history of working locally with clients in Australia and New Zealand, and globally in 150 countries around the world. AECOM leverages their capabilities across a range of technical, engineering and design disciplines to deliver solutions that connect cities and create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments. In Australia and New Zealand, AECOM has over 3000 specialists spread across 20 offices in major capital cities and regional centres.
Allens is a leading international law firm with partners, lawyers and corporate services staff across Asia and Australia. Allens works with many of the world’s leading organisations – including 55 of the world’s top 100 companies and more than 75 of Australia’s top 100 companies. In May 2012, Allens and Linklaters formed an integrated alliance, which provides their clients with access to market-leading lawyers through a global network of 40 offices across 29 countries, including to emerging markets in Africa, Asia and South America.
ANZ provides banking and financial products and services to individual and business customers. ANZ has been operating in Australia for 180 years and in the Asia Pacific region for over 30 years. With operations in 34 countries, ANZ is one of the four largest banks in Australia and the largest bank in New Zealand based on reported profit and balance sheet, and one of the 50 largest banks in the world by market capitalisation. Their business is structured across five Divisions – Australia, New Zealand, International and Institutional, Wealth and Technology, Services and Operations.
Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Arup aims to help clients meet their business needs by adding value through technical excellence, efficient organisation and personal service. Arup provides the engineering and related consultancy services necessary to every stage of the project, from inception to completion and after. Throughout the world Arup aims to provide a consistently excellent multi-disciplinary service, which also incorporates their concern for the environment.
AusNet Services is an energy delivery service that owns and operates Victoria's largest network of electricity and gas infrastructure. AusNet Services moves energy from where it's used in over one million Victorian homes and businesses. AusNet Services also owns Select Solutions and Geomatic Technologies, two businesses that provide a range of services to the energy and other industries, including water, transportation, telecommunications, finance and property. Based in Melbourne, AusNet Services employs more than 2,600 people in regional and metropolitan Victoria.
Bank of Melbourne is helping build an even better Victoria. Since launching in July 2011, Bank of Melbourne has tripled their workforce, built an extensive branch network throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria and become more involved in the local community. The Bank partners with the cultural and sporting institutions that matter to Victorians, and supports industry initiatives to drive the state’s future prosperity. Bank of Melbourne's team of market-leading lenders, account executives and industry specialists are providing full service banking solutions to help Victorians and businesses take their next steps.
Bates Smart is one of Australia’s leading architecture, urban and interior design practices. Bates Smart people have an unparalleled level of ability to design and deliver high quality projects at larger scale. They have the innovative designers and project leaders needed to create exciting and yet enduring solutions to meet their client’s needs. Bates Smart projects are brought to life through a rigorous and highly creative design approach that is realised through consistent attention to detail.
BHP Billiton is a leading global resources company, whose purpose is to create long-term shareholder value through the discovery, acquisition, development and marketing of natural resources. BHP Billiton is among the world’s largest producers of major commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium, and has substantial interests in conventional and unconventional oil and gas and energy coal. BHP Billiton has an unrivalled portfolio of high quality growth opportunities to meet the changing needs of their customers and the resources demand of emerging economies at every stage of their growth. The diversification of their portfolio continues to be their defining attribute.
Cbus Property has responsibility for the strategic performance and management of all aspects of the Cbus direct property investment business which includes major investments and developments in the commercial, residential, industrial and retail sectors. Cbus Property is a unique property investor and developer with the company's core business a reflection of Cbus' philosophical commitment to investing in the Property and Construction Industry, which employs its members. As one of Australia's leading integrated property investors, maintaining relationships with architects, designers, builders and suppliers is of paramount importance to Cbus Property.
As a local government authority, the City of Melbourne strives to achieve our community’s vision of Melbourne as a bold, inspirational and sustainable city – a great place for people to live, work and visit. Elected by the community, Melbourne City Council is the decision-making body that sets the strategic direction and policy on the municipality. It does this by delivering a four year Council Plan and an Annual Plan and Budget which describes the Council’s key objectives and activities for each 12-month period. The administration, headed by a Chief Executive Officer, appointed by the Council, delivers the vision of the elected Council.
The City of Port Phillip is located south of the Melbourne city centre, on Port Philip Bay. One of the oldest areas of European settlement in Melbourne, Port Phillip is known for its urban village feel and artistic expression. The major village precincts of Bay Street (Port Melbourne), Clarendon Street (South Melbourne), Fitzroy and Acland Streets (St Kilda) and Carlisle Street (Balaclava) provide a variety of retail, leisure and entertainment experiences. The foreshore stretches over 11 km, and has a network of public open spaces, making the city a desirable place for residents and visitors alike.
For over 180 years, Clayton Utz has had a confident approach to complex transactions and litigation that has seen them grow to become Australia’s leading independent law firm. With over 1,400 employees across six offices Clayton Utz continues to build their reputation for innovative and incisive advice. Clayton Utz are trusted advisers to both private and public sector organisations, including many of Australia’s top financial institutions, multinationals operating in various sectors, and state and Australian government departments and agencies. They are proud to have one of the largest pro bono practices of any law firm outside of the US. As an independent firm, Clayton Utz has relationships with leading overseas firms, ensuring their clients have access to the best possible advice, wherever they need it.
Clemenger BBDO/Melbourne is Australia’s most awarded advertising agency and Melbourne’s largest agency. It has been selected by Campaign Brief magazine as Australian Agency of the Year for a record five years in a row. It has been named Asia/Pacific’s Most Effective Agency for the last three years in a row. The agency’s major clients include CUB, NAB, MLC, Mars Chocolate, Mars Petcare, Mercedes-Benz, Tourism Victoria, TAC, Dulux, Australia Post, Seek, Origin Energy, DrinkWise, Fonterra, Patties Foods, Asaleo Care and Bonds. The Clemenger/Colenso BBDO network has offices in Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Wellington and is part of the BBDO Worldwide Network.
Cornwell is a creative studio with the depth of an agency. We create Ideas of Influence that see people take notice, think differently and change behaviours. Facilitating brand change has become our hallmark. Cornwell looks at what is unique to every business and make it their mission to keep bringing the best ideas to the fore. The ultimate creative pursuit is results. Cornwell never settles for less. Which in turn, means their clients never have to either. To achieve this, Cornwell has actively built a team of experienced professionals with expertise across brand strategy, design, advertising communications and digital.
Corrs is a premium independent Australian law firm, whose commitment is to provide clients with world class service and innovative legal advice across the full spectrum of business law including corporate and finance, property and development, and litigation and workplace relations. Corrs' services are integrated across all offices and areas of law, ensuring the most efficient client service by using the best and most appropriate people and technology. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth as well as strong partnering relationships globally and throughout the Asia Pacific region, Corrs are ideally placed to support clients whose businesses extend internationally and nationally.
CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency, which has research interests that span over three business areas – within these areas it operates nine National Research Flagships, National Facilities and Collections and Commercial Services Businesses. Today it has around 5,500 talented people working out of 50-plus centres in Australia and internationally. CSIRO is in the top one per cent of global research institutions in 15 of 22 research fields and in the top 0.1 per cent in three research fields placing it in the in the top ten applied research agencies in the world. CSIRO provides scientific responses to major national and global challenges.
Established in 1995, Escor is a privately owned Australian company. The organisation is structured around a central administrative core that provides management and infrastructure support and controls the investment, property and philanthropic activities of the Escor Group.
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services EY delivers help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. EY is committed to doing its part in building a better working world, believing that, in a better working world, a number of positive things happen: trust increases, capital flows smoothly, investors make informed decisions, businesses grow sustainably, employment rises, consumers spend and governments invest in their citizens. A better working world also develops talent in all its forms and encourages collaboration.
GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. Privately owned, GHD provides engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients. GHD delivers solutions in more than 60 countries with high standards of safety, quality and ethics. Their connected global network of 8500 professionals is committed to creating lasting community benefit. Committed to sustainable development, GHD improves the physical, natural and social environments of the many communities in which they operate.
GM Holden is a national sales company and manufacturer of Holden vehicles and engines. Holden is a subsidiary of General Motors. Its Victorian operations include Head Office, Sales and Marketing, Design and Engineering and a Proving Ground to conduct work for GM and engineer vehicles for Australian conditions. Manufacturing is supported by an extensive network of component supplier and logistics businesses throughout Australia, to build Holden and Chevrolet products sold in Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and USA. GM Australian Design is an in-house specialist service combining creative talent and leading edge technology to evolve automotive design solutions that display flexibility, excitement value, leadership and passion.
Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton Australia has more than 1,150 people working in offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. They combine service breadth, depth of expertise and industry insight with an approachable “client first” mindset and a broad commercial perspective. More than 38,500 Grant Thornton people, across over 100 countries, are focused on making a difference to clients, colleagues and the communities in which we live and work. Through this membership, Grant Thornton accesses global resources and methodologies that enable them to deliver consistently high quality outcomes for owners and key executives in their clients.
From its origins as a concreting business established in Melbourne in the 1940s by Luigi Grollo, the Grollo Group today comprises the Grollo Family companies dedicated to property investment and development, building design and construction, leisure and tourism, education and sport. All have been built on the Grollo Family values of excellence, honour, community concern and fairness. Grollo Group strives to enhance lives through unique property solutions and tourism experiences. With over half a century of experience in the property and tourism industries, the Grollo Group’s major assets include the iconic Rialto Towers, Equiset and Buller’s Ski Lifts.
The Herald Sun is a multi-platform news brand reaching close to 3.2 million Victorians each month across print and digital. The Herald Sun newspaper is the most popular daily paper in Australia. It is published by the Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd, a division of News Corp Australia. Over 1,300 News Corp Australia staff are located in Victoria and work across the company’s Victorian publications, including the Herald Sun. The Herald Sun’s corporate offices are located at Southbank, Victoria, while the print centre is located at Westgate Park. News Corp Australia has offices in every capital city and many regional cities throughout Australia.
Herbert Smith Freehills is an international law firm specialising in commercial law including corporate law, dispute resolution, banking, intellectual property, employee relations, taxation, stamp duty, infrastructure projects and energy and resources. The Melbourne office was established in 1852 and has a team of around 60 partners and over 300 lawyers servicing clients from a diverse range of industries. The Herbert Smith Freehills' team in Melbourne are able to draw upon the skills and expertise of lawyers across their global network, giving clients the benefit of global experience, with deep local insight.
Jacobs is a global engineering consulting firm of 70,000 staff. In Australia and New Zealand, Jacobs’ business is the result of a merger in 2013 with Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM). The firm works with relationship clients across a diverse range of market sectors. Jacobs has a long history of serving Melbourne and Victoria delivering innovative infrastructure solutions and environmental services. The firm is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is headquartered in Pasadena, California.
La Trobe University is a globally recognised, multi-campus university and the largest provider of higher education to Victoria's regions. La Trobe has the largest regional enrolment of the mainland Australian universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 'Top 500'. It has some of the world's best researchers in the sciences and humanities contributing to the achievement of this ranking. La Trobe has a distinctive curriculum framework, the La Trobe Framework, which emphasises breadth of learning and systematic exposure to the major challenges students will face over the course of their lifetimes.
Lend Lease is a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Lend Lease's vision is to create the best places by working collaboratively with stakeholders to produce positive legacies internationally. With over 50 years of property and infrastructure experience, clients and investors have the opportunity to leverage Lend Lease strengths and expertise through all or part of the property and infrastructure value chain – Development, Construction, Investment Management, Services and Ownership.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre understands connections are what make an event memorable. It’s about having the right spaces for people to connect. Leading technology to drive creativity. Fresh award-winning food made in-house. Teamed with people who have the skills and experience to help you bring it all together. MCEC is the place to connect people and ideas. MCEC has hosted everything from meetings, conventions and exhibitions to concerts, tradeshows and gala dinners.
Melbourne Water, owned by the Victorian Government, manages Melbourne’s water supply catchments, remove and treat most of Melbourne’s sewage, and manage rivers, creeks and major drainage systems throughout the Port Phillip and Westernport region. Melbourne Water have over 800 employees who work in a range of fields such as civil engineering, environmental science, land management and research.
Melbourne’s rail network is one of the most extensive above ground urban systems in the world, with a service departing around every 30 seconds. Metro Trains Melbourne is the metropolitan rail operator under a franchise agreement with the Victorian State Government. Metro’s vision is to deliver a proud railway for everyone, everyday. Metro is a customer focused organisation that manages 15 lines, 218 railway stations, 200+ trains, 14,000+ weekly services and 800,000+ daily journeys across more than 860 kilometres of track. Metro’s shareholders comprise international and Australian specialist rail and construction companies MTR Corporation, John Holland Group and UGL Rail.
Monash is ranked in the top one per cent of the world’s universities. From a single campus at Clayton, Monash has grown into a network of campuses, education centres and partnerships spanning the globe, including India and the People’s Republic of China. The University offers a broad selection of courses within ten faculties: Art, Design and Architecture; Arts; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Information Technology; Law; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Science. Monash is a member of the Group of Eight, an alliance of Australia’s research intensive universities. Monash is Australia’s largest university, both in terms of its geographical footprint and its student and staff numbers.
Plenary Group is a leading international infrastructure business with large, experienced management teams located in the Americas and the Asia Pacific region. As an independent long-term investor, sponsor and operator of public infrastructure, Plenary Group adopts a holistic approach to delivering its projects.
Plenary Group has a hands on approach – embracing finance, planning, design and construction, complementary commercial development, and asset management and operations. Governments and public sector agencies look to Plenary to be a trusted and authoritative voice as to the best manner in which to undertake public infrastructure that meets the genuine needs and aspirations of a community.
Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) is the strategic manager of Australasia’s largest maritime hub for the efficient movement of automotive and containerised cargo. With over 3,000 commercial ship calls to the port each year, the Port of Melbourne is a key economic asset which handles over 2.5 million containers annually and supports the prosperity of thousands of businesses and the daily lives of families across Victoria and south-eastern Australia more generally. Responsible for the integrated management and development of land and maritime functions, PoMC is charged with managing its operations in a sustainable manner to ensure it continues to provide economic and community benefits now and in the future.
PwC is one of Australia’s leading professional services firms, bringing the power of our global network of firms to help Australian businesses, not-for-profit organisations and governments assess their performance and improve the way they work. From improving the structure of the Australian health system, to performing due diligence on some of Australia’s largest deals, and working side-by-side with entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, PwC teams bring a unique combination of knowledge and passion to address the challenges and opportunities that face our community.
RMIT University is a global university of technology and design, focused on creating solutions that transform the future for the benefit of people and their environments. RMIT is a recognised leader in architecture, building and design, creative arts, communications, engineering, information technology and global studies – offering doctoral, postgraduate, undergraduate and vocational programs. RMIT enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in work-relevant education, applied and innovative research and engagement with the needs of industry and the cities in which it is located.
Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. The university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community. Swinburne has a reputation for high-impact research that responds to industry and government priorities, and the needs of society. Swinburne is driven to find innovative research solutions to real world problems that can also create jobs and wealth. Its close ties with industry provide students with invaluable business and workplace experiences during their studies.
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, offering a full range of communications services and competing in all telecommunications markets. Telstra employs close to 32,000 people directly, facilitates access to more than 1,900 points of presence across the globe and has one of Australia’s largest shareholder bases, with 1.4 million shareholders. In Australia, services are offered through 362 Telstra-branded retail stores, 90 Telstra Business Centres, 127 Telstra business and enterprise partners and are distributed by over 15,000 retail points of presence managed by partners. Telstra’s international businesses include Telstra’s global networks and managed services business and Telstra’s China-based search and advertising business, Autohome Inc.
The Age is Melbourne’s quality newspaper and 160 years old. It is a seven-day a week news operation, with dynamic website, tablet and mobile news services along with well-established print editions.
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked as Australia’s leading university in international rankings. Established in 1853, the University is a public spirited institution which makes significant contributions to research, teaching and learning and community engagement. The University offers a unique curriculum aligning it with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia. It has produced and is associated with some of the world’s leading scholars including Nobel prize winners Professor Peter Doherty, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn and Professor Sir James Mirrlees, as well as renowned academic Professor Peter Singer.
Transurban manages and develops urban toll road networks in Australia and the United States of America. It is a Top 20 company on the Australian Securities Exchange and has been in business since 1996. At the heart of Transurban’s business strategy is the desire to be a ‘partner of choice’ for government clients and an organisation that meets the needs of its customers. Transurban offers smart management of existing road networks, through active involvement in the transport policy debate, and by applying unique skills to the infrastructure challenges in its markets. Transurban employs approximately 1000 people and is headquartered in Melbourne with offices in Sydney, Brisbane and in the Washington, DC area.
Urbis is a market leading firm providing professional services relating to the use, development, investment, design and governance of property, cities and communities. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth supplemented by extensive international experience and activity, Urbis provides services relevant to the local context but with best of industry and market leading knowledge applied for the benefit of our clients. Urbis recruits and trains the top talent to ensure its consultants are genuine specialists in their various areas. They provide a client centred service approach that ensures a value added outcome for all clients.
Victoria University is renowned for providing outstanding educational opportunities for students from diverse countries, cultures, and socioeconomic and educational backgrounds so they can find true success. True success may take the form of employment, further learning, or life skills that enable successful participation in society. Victoria University offers unique and exceptional educational opportunities through a distinctive multi-sector approach to tertiary education, quality education and research in areas of focus, deep engagement with partners, and strong connections with industry and community.
Keolis Downer is the proud operator of Yarra Trams and the Melbourne tram network, the world's largest network. Keolis Downer works in partnership with the Victorian Government, Public Transport Victoria and other transport operators to provide a fully integrated transport service to the people of Melbourne. Their vision is to transform Melbourne's network into a modern, light-rail system which offers a world class service to all passengers. Keolis Downer is a joint venture of Keolis, the largest public transport operator in France, and Downer, a leading provider of engineering and infrastructure asset management services in Australia.
As a leading out-of-home media company, Adshel allows advertisers across Australia and New Zealand to connect, engage and influence commuters where they work, live, shop and play. Formed in 1997 as a joint venture between APN News and Media and Clear Channel, Adshel is now one of the most recognised names in street furniture and a key player in the out-of-home media market, reaching 92% of Australia 68 times a fortnight.
Looking ahead, Adshel will continue to lead the market in innovation and insights with a world-first national digital street furniture network and industry-leading consumer research programs. Adshel is always searching for the next big thing in out-of-home, ensuring they offer advertisers new and robust ways to reach, engage and impact their audience.
Ashurst is an international law firm with a network spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Its strong international presence is built on extensive experience in working with clients on the complex legal and regulatory issues relating to cross-border transactions. Ashurst offers clients access to deep local market knowledge and a wealth of resources, with the benefit of a global network and international insight. They provide consistently high quality, commercially relevant legal advice worldwide, and build teams that are specific to clients’ needs, combining specialist legal skills, industry experience and regional know-how. Ashurst has a track record of successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects.
Aurecon provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for public and private sector clients globally. Aurecon has a client centric business model that gives the agility to deliver the full range of our services globally. The best teams are created for clients to develop strong relationships and deliver market leading solutions. Clients benefit from their collaborative business model as it nurtures the development of market leading expertise across their industries. Technical professionals develop business advantage for clients based on deep understanding of the industries in which they operate.
Avalon Airport is Melbourne’s second major airport, located adjacent to the Princes FWY, 45 minutes drive from Melbourne’s CBD and 20 minutes drive from Geelong. Offering daily commercial passenger flights, via Jetstar to Sydney, Avalon Airport is an alternative and accessible airport choice for travellers. With car parking directly out the front of the terminal, a clean easy to navigate terminal, with a cafe, newsagency, kids lounge and free Wi-Fi, Avalon Airport is Flying Made Easy. Avalon Airport also has a thriving freight business, particularly in the automobile and car racing industry. Avalon Airport is also home to the International Airshow, taking place every two years.
The Besen Family Foundation is a family foundation that endeavours to benefit and add significant value to the community by providing support to projects and other activities that address disadvantage and inequality; encourage and promote social inclusiveness, community connectedness and health and wellbeing; and innovation and transformation. Through the foundation, they enrich communities, minimise the effects of disadvantage and make a difference. The foundation’s philanthropic tradition has evolved to encompass three broad areas through which the foundation can express its involvement and commitment: arts and culture; health and welfare; and, Jewish interests.
BioMelbourne Network is a membership association for organisations engaged in biotechnology, medical technology and health innovation in the state of Victoria. It's role is to foster links between companies, research organisations, financial markets and government, creating an environment for greater collaboration and prosperity. It has a membership of around 183 organisations engaging more than 2,000 industry professionals within the membership. Playing a critical role in connecting health, research and industry, BioMelbourne Network’s mission is to build the ecosystem of capabilities in Melbourne to support the development and commercialisation of new drugs, devices, diagnostics and digital health technologies to impact healthcare globally.
Chandler Macleod Group is Australasia’s leading provider of integrated HR services encompassing temporary, permanent and contract recruitment, psychometric assessment, HR consulting, outsourcing, managed workforces and payroll and HR technology. With offices spanning Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, China, UK and Ireland, Chandler Macleod Group has 55 years heritage in assisting individuals, teams and organisations to unleash their full potential.
Established in 1995, Citywide is a wholly owned subsidiary company of the City of Melbourne. From early beginnings in Victoria, Citywide has diversified its services and expanded across four Australian states to deliver integrated civil infrastructure, open space and environmental services that enhance community assets and quality of life
Citywide works closely with government and private sector customers to design, build and maintain high performance natural and civil assets, such as, roads and waste management. Citywide teams work in and around parks and gardens managed by its horticulture, arboreal and turf maintenance staff. Technology and knowledge evolving quickly to develop solutions.
The East End is home to six historic theatres, all within walking distance: the Princess on Spring Street, the Comedy and Her Majesty’s on Exhibition Street, the Athenaeum and Regent on Collins Street, and the Forum on Flinders Street. Together they host blockbuster musicals, drama, live music, children’s shows, comedy, festivals, and special events. In addition to these iconic theatres are the huge range of nearby restaurants, laneway bars, quality shops, nightclubs, hotels, and other entertainment venues. Put simply, the East End Theatre District is Melbourne’s best destination for a great night out.
Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of its members. With over 100,000 members, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia. Engineers Australia is steered by a representative body, the National Congress, who elects and monitors the Board of Engineers Australia. There are numerous committees, colleges, technical societies and other groups that actively contribute to the organisation as a whole. They work closely with academic institutions to accredit courses and programs, publish a wide range of reports and contribute regularly via policy statements, government submissions, media statements and the generation of advocacy.
Federation Square is a unique cultural and entertainment precinct located in the centre of Melbourne. Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and gift shops, this modern piazza has been embraced as ‘Melbourne’s Meeting Place’. The precinct is the size of an entire city block and is internationally recognised for its award-winning architectural design with over 10 million visits last year alone. Established by the Victorian Government in 1999, Fed Square Pty Ltd is responsible for the co-ordination and management of self-governing tenancies, programming and marketing of all public spaces and all aspects of asset management and development.
Hall & Wilcox is a leading Australian independent business law firm, who are committed to being commercial, building strong relationships with clients, and providing excellent service and advice. Hall & Wilcox was established close to 100 years ago in Melbourne, and in recent years has grown and evolved to become a major national law firm. Hall & Wilcox remains Melbourne headquartered, with an office in Sydney and the firm services clients nationally and internationally.
HASSELL is a leading international design practice, who judge the success of the buildings and places they design by the way people use and enjoy them – the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives. It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging. HASSELL's design values are shared globally across all the HASSELL studios, by the talented people who work in them: architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and specialist consultants.
Ipsos conducts research in the areas of public affairs, advertising, loyalty, marketing, and media using quantitative and qualitative approaches. As well as custom designed research, Ipsos offers data-collection through its fieldwork company I-view. Ipsos is Australia’s leading social trends agency having spent 35 years monitoring the ‘Mind and Mood’ of the nation. Their research helps to determine shifts in public attitudes and opinions, enhance communications and evaluate policy. In Australia, Ipsos has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane with 180 employees. The company is the second largest market and social research company globally with offices in 85 countries and conducts research in over 110 countries.
Jo Fisher Executive is a trusted partner, providing executive search and leadership advisory services. Globally networked with extensive sector expertise, Jo Fisher Executive is renowned for developing and delivering leaders now and in the future. With decades of expertise and insight, opportunities are created for people by developing, delivering and providing access to leaders through executive search and selection, coaching and career transition and interim management solutions. This is done through an integrated approach to designing solutions that deliver the right outcomes. With offices across Australia, Jo Fisher Executive is part of the IMD International Group in 23 other countries around the world.
K&L Gates comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents, including offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organisations and individuals.
KJA works alongside clients to design and deliver clever engagement and communications solutions. The KJA team delivers inventive and tailored strategies across a wide range of sectors including planning, development, transport, energy, waste, social infrastructure and resources. The Melbourne staff and associates are the best in the business and have a variety of skills and backgrounds. The team includes issues managers, facilitators, project managers, writers and engagement and communication specialists. They have the experience, local know-how and local contacts to achieve excellent outcomes for clients and their projects. The KJA business is founded on integrity, flexibility and a commitment to deliver outstanding results in partnership with clients.
Founded in Paris in 1895, Le Cordon Bleu earned its reputation as the ultimate in cuisine, patisserie, hospitality and gastronomy training, after a century of dedication to the culinary arts. Educating over 20,000 students each year, from 70 nationalities, distributed across 40 schools in 20 different countries, Le Cordon Bleu is also home to the finest educators in the fields of cuisine and hospitality. Le Cordon Bleu Australia brings the finest in culinary education to students in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, offering the right blend of passion, drive and commitment a passport to a vibrant and exciting career in the culinary arts, hospitality and tourism.
Lyons is an architectural and urban design practice based in Melbourne, Australia. The firm designs projects which are responsive to and expressive of a contemporary experience of local and global culture. Lyons work is committed to and interested in the history and culture of ideas and how ideas can be used to create meaningful contemporary architecture. Lyons' design reputation is evidenced through numerous awards for its work, including the Victorian Architecture Medal, numerous national and international sustainability awards, representation at the Australian National Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and other national awards for architectural design.
The Melbourne Football Club is a not for profit organisation and founding Club of the Australian Football League (AFL). A sporting section of the Melbourne Cricket Club, it has in excess of 35,000 members who are the lifeblood of the Club. The Club participates in the AFL, Australia’s most popular sport. On 12 occasions the Melbourne Football Club has been competition premiers. The Club provides an avenue for elite sports people to maximise their talents, and an outlet for fans and members to show their tribal support for the team they love. The team of the Red and the Blue.
Melbourne and Olympic Parks (M&OP) has evolved over the past century to become one of the best and most unique sports and entertainment precincts in the world, right on the doorstep of the CBD. As well as hosting international tennis, football, rugby union, rugby league, netball, basketball, cycling, music concerts and family shows, the venues serve as the administrative and training home to various professional sporting organisations. M&OP also boasts a function centre and a range of other corporate hospitality options. Additionally, the 40 hectare precinct comprises open parkland which is available for use by the general public for recreational purposes.
The Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) is a State Government statutory authority that reports to the Minister for Planning. It is the MPA’s main task to manage Melbourne’s growth in key precincts and enhance Victoria’s liveability. This requires vision and long-term planning, to ensure Victorians have equitable access to employment, public transport, services, attractive public space and affordable housing. The MPA was founded in 2006 to plan Melbourne’s new suburbs in our growth corridors including the middle and inner suburbs. Working closely with councils, government departments and government agencies, the MPA’s program focuses on land use and infrastructure planning for strategically important precincts.
Minter Ellison is one of the Asia Pacific’s leading law firms. Established in 1827, the firm today operates in Australia, Hong Kong, mainland China, Mongolia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom through a network of integrated offices and associated offices. Minter Ellison understands the challenges that businesses operating in a globalised marketplace face, and offers client services that are multi-disciplinary and industry facing. Their deep understanding of how business is conducted in our region, local language skills, and proven track record for delivering outstanding work mean that clients access local experience and expertise that is informed by an international perspective.
Nous Group is a leading Australian owned management consulting and executive talent development firm. They partner with clients in demanding and complex sectors to create innovative, enduring solutions. Nous Group delivers outstanding results, working with clients on solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing business and government. These solutions include: confronting society’s tough challenges to improve the lives of all Australians; building effective, strong organisations that create value; shaping organisational architecture and culture to maximise competitive advantage; developing people and enable leaders to deliver great organisational outcomes; and leveraging technology to enhance organisational performance.
As Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer research group, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has been contributing to the global fight against cancer for 65 years. Their 2,500-strong team is determined in its efforts to provide the very best in cancer care and find more effective and targeted cancer treatments. Peter McCallum’s clinicians and researchers work together; sharing ideas, challenging current thought and driving the really important questions from the bench to the bedside and back again. In 2016, Peter MacCallum will move to a brand-new home, purpose built for cancer care, research and education in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville.
Pitcher Partners is a national association with a base in Melbourne. Pitcher Partners Melbourne operates as a separate independent business, but with a shared commitment to common values including providing exceptional client service, technical expertise, rigorous and practical commercial advice. The firms work together to offer a range of courses to help individuals, from business executives to government officials, develop an entrepreneurial mindset, enable graduates to develop innovative solutions to unrecognised problems and equip them with the skills to lead others in pursuit of a common vision, for the long-term benefit of their organisations.
Places Victoria is the Victorian Government’s property development agency, delivering urban renewal. Places Victoria develops surplus government land by translating big picture planning into reality to deliver the bricks and mortar, roads and footpaths, parks and playgrounds. Places Victoria attracts private sector investment to help breathe new life into neighbourhoods and are responsible for delivering projects that have changed the fabric of Melbourne and regional Victoria, such as Docklands. They offer people and partners the opportunity to be involved in projects of state significance. Places Victoria has established centres of expertise that foster collaboration to focus on project outcomes.
Pointon Partners are an Incorporated Law firm based in Melbourne. Pointon Partners specialise in the following areas of law: Commercial Law, Taxation Law, Corporate, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Energy and Resources, Information Technology, Personal, Employment Law and Property. Pointon Partners is a member of a network of worldwide law firms of similar standards (LAWorld) which offers clients legal support around the world. Their approach is to: understand and explain complex matters simply; offer innovative and strategic thinking; focus on the best outcome; focus on business growth where achievable, team work within the firm and with clients; and building long-term trusted business relationships.
Public Transport Victoria (PTV) is a statutory authority that manages Victoria’s train, tram and bus services. PTV seeks to lead a customer focused public transport network that is integrated, safe and sustainable, enabling an inclusive, prosperous and environmentally responsible Victoria. PTV provides a public transport service that Victorians value and choose to use. Public Transport Victoria regularly analyses the network to create a better understanding of how it is used and how it can be improved. Campaigns are conducted to raise awareness of services, initiatives, products and projects to help Victorians make the most of their public transport network.
ROTHELOWMAN is a dynamic design practice helping to shape and enhance Australia’s built environment. With a team of over 120 specialists nationally, their interdisciplinary practice provides strategic city-shaping input to public sector agencies as well as offering masterplanning, urban design, architecture and interior design services. Known for their commitment to design excellence, delivering commercially sound and contextually relevant solutions for Australia’s premier private and public organisations, ROTHELOWMAN recognises the studio’s future is built on the quality of work produced and their drive to exceed client expectations. Underpinning this commitment is an understanding of their responsibility to deliver a built environment that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
RACV exists to deliver valued benefits to its members and their communities by informing and advising them, representing members’ interests and providing them with assistance when in need by delivering excellent products and services in our fields of motoring, mobility, leisure, assurance, financial services, social well-being and the home. RACV is primarily based in Victoria, where it operates the RACV Club, resorts at Torquay, Cape Schanck, Inverloch and Cobram, 41 retail shops across the state. It operates two resorts in Queensland (Gold Coast and Noosa), a hotel in Hobart and also has offices in all other states and in the Northern Territory.
RPS is an international consultancy providing world-class local solutions in infrastructure, urban growth, natural resource management, energy and mining. RPS began its operations in the UK in 1970. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, RPS now employs more than 5,000 staff in 10 countries. RPS assists clients to manage the challenges of urban growth by specialising in delivering large-scale and complex transport, utilities, community and social infrastructure projects. In the Australia and Asia Pacific region, professional and technical staff work from 25 locations. Victoria has offices in the Melbourne CBD and Echuca in regional Victoria.
ShineWing Australia is a unique accounting practice that offers clients the capability and global reach of the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms, with the commitment, drive and personalised service of an independent, Australian firm. ShineWing Australia as part of the ShineWing network, the largest accounting firm in mainland China, offers clients real, on-the-ground connections and local knowledge to help navigate process and procedures to establish a presence in Asia more efficiently and maximise the value of their investment quickly. With over 200 staff and 30 partners and growing, ShineWing Australia provides expertise across insurance, business advisory, corporate finance, tax, private client and wealth management services.
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is a 5 star luxury hotel that embodies French style and elegance. Located at the 'Paris end' of Collins St, the hotel offers 363 luxurious guest rooms and suites, award-winning dining in No35, Club Sofitel hospitality and an integrated conference and event centre that caters for 10 to 1000 delegates. Renowned as Melbourne’s ‘Hotel for the Arts’ it offers art-filled gallery spaces to ensure you are inspired with every stay. Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries (more than 30,000 rooms).
Sustainable Certification™ is a reputed name in the certification world, and is dedicated to revolutionising the industry. Aimed at innovation, Sustainable Certification™ is determined to make certification easier, speedier and more valuable than other standard processes. As a JAS-ANZ accredited certification body, Sustainable Certification™ is intelligently transforming the landscape for businesses both locally in Australia and internationally by making it possible for organisations to improve their operational standards and benchmark these against industry best practices, and enable them to indulge in global trade with confidence and conviction.
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ is the leading Project Finance bank globally. As one of the top 10 banks in the world, with a strong presence in Australia, it is part of a global network of over 250 project finance specialists. The bank's team combines advisory and lending services for project financings, public private partnerships, asset restructuring/ refinancing and privatisations. Their local mandate extends across all sectors including in Australia and New Zealand. Such mandate is evidenced by the establishment of the Australian Structured Finance Office in March 2012, followed by the successful integration of the acquired team of advisory professionals from RBS Australia in April 2012.
Transdev Melbourne provides bus services for a third of Melbourne's bus network on behalf of Public Transport Victoria. The franchise employs approximately 1,160 staff, runs 46 public bus routes and 120 school bus services and operates 510 vehicles. Each year we carry more than 27 million people, providing an essential service for those parts of Melbourne that are not well served by train and tram. Transdev Melbourne’s vision is to deliver a fully integrated, world class bus network which puts the customer at the centre. We aim to provide excellent public transport that supports and harnesses innovation in a way that improves the lives of current and future users. Transdev Melbourne is part of Transdev Australasia which employs more than 5,300 working across train, bus, ferry and light rail services in Australia and New Zealand.
A world-first health promotion foundation, VicHealth focuses on promoting good health and preventing chronic disease to prevent the negative influences of ill health, and champion the positive influences of good health. VicHealth's pioneering work includes creating and funding world-class interventions; conducting vital research to advance Victoria’s population health; producing and supporting public campaigns to promote a healthier Victoria; and providing transformational expertise and insights to government. VicHealth works with all levels of government, across political parties and communities, and a range of sectors across health, sports, research, education, the arts and media.
Woods Bagot is a global design and consulting firm, with a team of over 800 people working across Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Building Design’s 2014 World Architecture 100 list ranked Woods Bagot as the sixth largest architecture firm in the world. Specialising in five key sectors, Aviation and Transport; Education, Science and Health; Lifestyle; Sport; and Workplace, Woods Bagot’s diverse portfolio spans more than 140 years, a legacy of design excellence. Working across architecture, consulting, interior design, master planning and urban design, Woods Bagot focuses on understanding clients’ functional, operational and cultural needs, drawing on research and experience to create solutions that work.
Yarra Valley Water is the largest of Melbourne’s three water corporations providing water supply and sanitation services to over 1.7 million people and over 50,000 businesses in the northern and eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Their activities are overseen by an independent Board of Directors appointed by the State Government of Victoria. With bulk water from Melbourne Water mostly harvested from protected mountain catchments and the responsibility for taking away sewage for treatment, Yarra Valley Water practices sustainable water usage to produce recycled water for use in new homes, the irrigation of sportsfields or open space. Yarra Valley Water owns and maintains over 9,000 kms of water mains and over 9,000 kms of sewer mains.
Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct, Arts Centre Melbourne is comprised of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Hamer Hall and the iconic Theatres Building which houses many theatres including the State Theatre. As a defining city landmark and Australia's largest performing arts centre, Arts Centre Melbourne presents events and performances 364 days per year. This makes it the most accessible performing arts facility in Victoria. With widely diverse programming, Arts Centre Melbourne welcomes over 4.7 million visitors per year from a range of audiences. As a consistent leader in the precinct, Arts Centre Melbourne enriches the lives of Victorians by building vitality and relevance of the arts for the next generation and allowing access to the arts for all. A proud contributor to the Victorian community, this performing arts complex provides a creative space for all Victorians and international visitors to be entertained and inspired.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is a leading international publicly funded cultural organisation with a unique content range and powerful capabilities for the contemporary era of digital and creative arts. It richly engages diverse audiences and partnership networks through an ambitious annual calendar of major exhibitions, film screenings, learning and events programs, collections, online channels, digital programs and touring. As one of Australia’s major cultural, learning and tourism destinations, ACMI contributes strongly to Melbourne’s and Victoria’s ‘world-class’ profiles. In 2014, with over 1.3 million visitors, ACMI became the most popular moving image/film centre in the world.
Cabrini is a Catholic charitable organisation inspired by the spirit and vision of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This order was established by Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. In 1946, she was canonised and in 1950, proclaimed Universal Patron Saint of Immigrants. Founded in Melbourne in 1948, we are a community of care, reaching out with compassion, integrity, courage and respect to all we serve. We have approximately 4500 staff, 1300 accredited medical practitioners and eight clinical sites in Melbourne. While we are perhaps best known for our healthcare services – which span aged care, allied health, cancer care, cardiac services, children’s care, emergency care, health promotion, home/community-based care, maternity, palliative care, rehabilitation, research and education – we have two significant enterprises that provide services for Cabrini and other clients. Cabrini Linen Service, located in Dandenong South, is a large and technologically advanced linen service that processes 200 tonnes of linen each week. Cabrini Technology provides information and healthcare technology services to the health, disability and aged-care sectors in Australasia. The Cabrini Foundation (established in 2002) oversees and guides all fundraising activities on behalf of Cabrini, helping to ensure we can continue to provide a wide range of vital healthcare services for our community.
Destination Melbourne is an independent, not-for-profit tourism organisation empowering Melbourne’s visitor industry to continually enhance the visitor experience and inspiring visitors to explore and enjoy greater Melbourne. This is achieved through the production of Melbourne’s official visitor resources and delivery of industry development programs and marketing campaigns.
Destination Melbourne facilitates industry wide collaboration; working to connect and empower the Melbourne visitor industry across all sectors. Through access to businesses, tourism bodies and key decision makers across greater Melbourne, they assist in building partnerships, investing in new initiatives and creating positive and valuable visitor experiences. These include our Visitability Program, a range of industry events, networking groups and the award-winning Melbourne Tourism Industry Leadership Program.
Melbourne City Mission (MCM) is a leader and innovator in the provision of services to the community. Established in 1854, MCM is a non-denominational organisation that works with some of Melbourne and Victoria’s most vulnerable individuals, families and communities. Every week we help over 5,000 people escape and avoid disadvantage, economic exclusion and social isolation. We’ve been around for almost as long as Melbourne itself and over the years have adapted and evolved alongside the people we work with, always responding to the changing needs of communities. MCM has over 800 staff and 36 facilities throughout Melbourne and Victoria.
Melbourne Festival is a key destination festival within Australia’s cultural calendar, ensuring interstate and international visitation by exclusively debuting and premiering some of the finest national and international artists and companies, and by ensuring that the only place in Australia that many of the key festival projects are seen is in Melbourne. Melbourne Festival is quintessentially Melbourne’s festival – physically by reaching out into the topography and geography of the city itself, artistically by presenting Melbourne’s finest artists in new works and international collaborations, and demographically by engaging with as many people of Melbourne as possible, giving them ownership of their annual international festival.
Melbourne Girls Grammar (MGGS) is a place where challenge and choice create opportunities for every girl to experience an exceptional education. We specialise in providing a quality education for girls since 1893. We value our traditions and history of diverse graduates and achievement. Our School has an outstanding history of providing girls with an exceptional education that equips them to thrive and lead in many life contexts. Through an unwavering commitment to their personal best, girls at MGGS develop confidence and independence. Our Student Values provide the foundation for student service and leadership, and the world-class Learning Programs (Early Learning; Junior Years: Prep–Year 4; Middle Years: Years 5–8; Senior Years: Years 9–12) are specifically created to respond to the unique needs of contemporary girls.
Melbourne Health is one of Australia’s leading public healthcare services, providing world-class care for our patients, excellent teaching and training for staff and future health professionals, and a commitment to medical research to improve outcomes for all Victorians. Serving a population base of more than one million Melburnians, as well as regional, rural Victorians and interstate patients, our world-class reputation has its beginnings in The Royal Melbourne Hospital – Victorian’s first public hospital established in 1848. Today, we are a key partner in the internationally renowned Parkville Precinct, where vibrant research programs turn medical research into clinical outcomes for the benefit of the public.
Melbourne Recital Centre is an acclaimed music destination combining architectural innovation and acoustic perfection within its two world-class performance spaces to showcase the best music, artists and ensembles from around the world.
Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) is Melbourne’s home of live storytelling, producing an annual mainstage season of up to 12 plays, NEON Festival of Independent Theatre, the Cybec Electric play readings series, an annual Education program, and more. MTC is one of the major performing arts companies in Australia, and one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1953, MTC is also the oldest professional theatre company in Australia, and currently exists as a semi-autonomous department of the University of Melbourne.
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest public art museum in Australia. Established in 1861, the NGV has two spectacular buildings – NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square. NGV International houses the Gallery’s collection of International art, and NGV Australia is the world’s first public art museum dedicated to Australian art and includes works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities. The NGV Collection has over 70,000 art works, representing most of the world’s important art movements and civilisations, across many centuries and cultures. The NGV offers an extraordinary visual arts experience with diverse temporary exhibitions, collection displays, talks, tours, programs for kids, films, late-night openings and performances.
NORTH Link is a regional partnership of industry, education and government established in 1995. We are a business network and regional economic development advocacy group representing Melbourne’s northern region comprising the cities of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Whittlesea and Yarra. Our aim is to ensure that Melbourne’s north achieves sustainable GDP growth at least equal to that of the rest of Melbourne and Australia.
The Outdoor Media Association (OMA) is the peak national industry body representing most of Australia’s Out-of-Home (OOH) media display companies and production facilities, as well as some media display asset owners. OMA media display members advertise third party (advertising in which the advertisement is not associated with the premises) products on both digital and static signs across a variety of OOH formats and locations; airports, bicycle stations, billboards, buses, bus stations, cafes, doctors’ surgeries, free-standing advertisement panels, medical centres, office buildings and lifts, pedestrian bridges, railway stations, shopping centres, trains, trams, universities and street furniture (bus/tram shelters, public toilets, telephone booths and kiosks). OOH advertising is always on, delivering messages 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is ubiquitous, innovative, entertaining and effective and is one of the ways people can interact with their cities and communities.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is one of the world’s leading botanic gardens. The Gardens play a prominent role in the conservation of plants through biodiversity research, programs to protect rare and threatened plants, and the study of habitats. This work is supported by education and visitor programs about the importance of plants to life. The Royal Botanic Gardens encompasses two diverse sites at its Melbourne and Cranbourne locations. It also includes the National Herbarium of Victoria, the State Botanical Collection and the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology which is based at The University of Melbourne.
In Victoria the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) works in partnership with a number of community health organisations across the State to improve the health and well-being of rural communities and ensure all Victorians have the choice to access essential primary health care services. Each year RFDS comes into contact with over 21,000 patients throughout Victoria, this includes primary health care transport by air or on the road. In addition to non-emergency patient transport services being provided on behalf of Ambulance Victoria out of 13 bases located around Victoria, this service is also supported by aircraft capability at Essendon Airport.
St Michael’s is a unique church in the heart of the city that attracts large numbers of people from all over Melbourne. We believe faith, spirituality and a meaning to life are vital ingredients for our health and wellbeing and that there is a need to get hold of a more authentic religious understanding and to express it more confidently and diversely. St Michael’s is a place which affirms and encourages the best expression of who you are and who you can be, not only through the Sunday service but thought numerous wellbeing programs and our commitment to counselling and psychotherapy. The Church is not only unique for its relevant, contemporary preaching, but also for its unusual architecture. Externally St Michael’s is one of Melbourne’s great landmarks. Internally, its unusual circular design and quiet beauty inspires all who visit. The bicentennial windows are a rare expression of visual theology – the largest display of existential-religious stained glass in the Southern Hemisphere.
State Trustees Australia Foundation is a perpetual charitable trust which was established in 1994 by the Right Honourable Sir Zelman Cowen. State Trustees is sole trustee. The Foundation currently has over $62M in funds under management with in excess of $2M distributed annually to eligible charities making a difference in the community. The Foundation runs an annual grassroots granting program and a larger Strategic Grants Program, both of which provide support in the areas of Ageing Well, Disability and Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing. The Foundation’s Advisory Committee includes The Hon. Robert Knowles AO, Professor Lawry St Leger and Kristin Stegley OAM.
The Australian Ballet is the largest classical ballet company in Australia. It was founded by J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd. and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust in 1962, with the English-born dancer, teacher, repetiteur and director Dame Peggy van Praagh as founding artistic director. Today, it is recognised as one of the world's major international ballet companies.
Today the company is based in Melbourne; its Southbank headquarters is the Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, named after its long term supporter Lady (Primrose) Potter. The company regularly tours to mainland state capital cities within Australia, with lengthy seasons in Melbourne at the State Theatre (accompanied by Orchestra Victoria) and in Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. Other regular venues are the Lyric Theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, and the Adelaide Festival Centre in Adelaide. The company also tours internationally, and performs annually in an intimate outdoor setting on Hamilton Island.
The Big Issue provides opportunities for homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised people to make positive change in their lives through a number of social enterprises and programs including the Street Magazine enterprise, the Women’s Subscription Enterprise, the Community Street Soccer Program and the Big Classroom. The Big Issue is an agent for social change, using entrepreneurial practices and sound business strategy to promote social inclusion and alleviate poverty in Australia. Our innovative programs focus on helping people who may otherwise slip through the cracks, to build confidence and the capacity to help themselves.
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is Australia’s oldest medical research institute having celebrated its centenary in 2015. The institute is home to approximately 750 researchers who are working to understand, prevent and treat diseases including: cancers, particularly blood, breast, bowel, lung and ovarian cancers; immune disorders such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and coeliac disease; and infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria. We are committed to making discoveries that will bring real benefits to the community on a global scale and more than 100 national and international clinical trials are underway originating from research undertaken at the institute. The institute has strong links with The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and our researchers work collaboratively with major Victorian hospitals as well as other health facilities throughout Australia and internationally.
Victorian Opera is committed to the accessibility of opera through tactile tours, audio described and relaxed performances. In just ten years, over 300,000 audience members have experienced a performance with Victorian Opera – over 20,000 of those attending regional performances. Over 500 young singers have been inspired through their youth opera program and some of the finest singers from Australia and around the world have been recruited.
A registered charity, Youth Projects delivers transformative change and support with a wide range of services to homeless and disadvantaged people throughout Melbourne. Youth Projects is a one stop shop that offers comprehensive support within the one organisation including medical centre, apprenticeships, training, employment service, alcohol and drug counselling, HIV/AIDS and blood borne virus education and awareness, mental health counselling, drink drive assessments, in school support, allied health services.
Zoos Victoria brings together three world-class zoos: Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo which attract more than two million visitors annually. Our vision is to be the world’s leading zoo-based organisation. Melbourne Zoo hosts a world of wildlife conveniently located just five minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. Healesville Sanctuary is a haven for over 200 species of Australian wildlife located in Victoria’s premier wine region the Yarra Valley. Werribee Open Range Zoo is an out of Africa experience located on an open savannah just 30 minutes from Melbourne.