As part of the Victorian Government’s continued commitment to ensuing that Melbourne and Victoria are seen as the Sporting Capital of the World, it has partnered with the National Sports & Physical Activity Convention (NSC) together with support from the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) to secure the rights to host the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Southern Hemisphere Congress in 2024.
IAKS is the globes leading international non-profit organisation for professionals involved in the sports, leisure and recreation industries.
For nearly six decades it has enabled international networking for the exchange of planning, design and operational management for over 120 countries and across all continents of the world.
IAKS is in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and other international non-profit bodies such as The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) and global sport federations. They have never held a Congress of this nature outside of Europe, so this is coupe for Australia and Melbourne.
Over the past 18 months IAKS has appointed Yvette Audet as its ANZ Ambassador and IAKS presence in ANZ has grown accordingly. The collaboration between the NSC, IAKS and the Victorian Government through its MCB, allows for global peak bodies and thought leaders to join ANZ leaders, peaks and practitioners to explore the future of sport and leisure facilities 27th-28th June 2024.
The IAKS Congress will be co-located with the NSC in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.