The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention | IAKS 2024 is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) / Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country with accessible hotels, easy transport connections and social opportunities, we aim to make the NSC | IAKS as easy to attend as possible.

The MCEC operates a safe environment for all visitors, with their VenueSafe Plan available online here.

The MCEC was the first convention centre in the world to be awarded a 6-star green star environmental rating, and continues to lead the way as a sustainable event destination, with their five-year sustainability strategy.

Venue Grand Theatre - Pullman Albert Park Melbourne


SportsLink Travel is the preferred Travel Partner of the National Sports & Physical Activity Convention.

SportsLink Travel work with over 30 sporting organisations (national bodies & state associations) throughout Australia and New Zealand, and have a large network of agents worldwide to cover all travel management logistics both in and out of Australia, and around the world.

For a quote on flights, accommodation & ground transport to the National Sports Convention in Melbourne Australia, or any other sport related travel, please email


This year we are partnering with Novotel – Melbourne, South Wharf to provide accommodation for those attending the NSC | IAKS 24. Just a short walk from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre it is in the perfect location.

Please use the link below to book directly on Novotel’s website and enter the code “VENUENSMW” within the special rates dropdown to receive a 10% discount.


7 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006

The four-star Novotel Melbourne South Wharf opened in 2018 and has direct access to MCEC. Featuring 26 levels with 347 accommodation rooms and suites, guests can choose from a range of inspired accommodation rooms and suites.

Please note: This discount will be available on all flexible public rates offered; however, it does not include breakfast.


Melbourne is Australia’s unrivalled capital of sport, culture, entertainment and style and is one of the world’s premier meeting and convention destinations. Take the opportunity while visiting the vibrant city to extend your stay into the state’s regions. Make your way around Phillip Island, on the lands of the Bunurong People, and discover seaside hamlets and fishing villages, iconic wildlife, stunning coastal landscapes, and international motorsport events. Get up close to little penguins on the beach, come face-to-face with snoozing koalas, and cheer on Grand Prix heroes as you savour every inch of Phillip Island, less than two hours from Melbourne.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the sporting capital! Book a trip to the NSC, and adventure into Victoria. 

About Us

The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention is a collaborative event, created by the industry, for the industry – with a simple ethos of providing opportunities to network, increase capacity and capability of the industry by appreciating good practice globally and from across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

In 2024, we are collaborating with the International Association for Sport and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) to host a joint global convention, allowing us to embrace global thinking for a national agenda.

Australian Sport Commission

The Australian Sports Commission is a Commonwealth Government corporate entity focused on getting more Australians participating and excelling in sport. The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention will bring together stakeholders from sport, government, education, health and service providers with a single vision on working together to encourage more Australians to be active and participate in sport.

Sport New Zealand

Sport New Zealand is the proud guardian of their country’s world-leading sporting system, from grass roots through to elite sport.  They are committed to encouraging more young people and adults to engage in more sport and recreation and more winners on the world stage.

Sport Singapore

Sport Singapore is the peak body that has created the vision 2020 with the Singaporean people to inspire individuals from all walks of life to Live Better Through Sport.

Victoria State Government

The Victorian Government is committed to encouraging Victorians to be more active, to benefit from the physical, social and mental health benefits that physical activity, play and recreation and community sport brings.

By supporting the industry, it encourages State Sports Organisations, sports associations, clubs, community and commercial providers to offer quality experiences so that the Victorian community will want to be active.


VicHealth aims to create a Victoria where everybody can enjoy better health and wellbeing. They create and fund world-class interventions by conducting vital research to advance Victoria’s population health and provide transformational expertise and insights to government.

Smart Connection Consultancy

Smart Connection Consultancy has over the past decade established itself as one of Australia’s leading niche management consultancies that works with sport, government and education sectors to support and facilitate opportunities in growing participation.

The National Sports & Physical Activity Convention reflects its commitment and passion to encourage more people to be more active, more often.

By bringing together the globes leading thinkers, key Australian policy makers, and providing prominent local case studies, the National Sports & Physical Activity Convention provides opportunity for all those involved in sport, recreation and physical activity to work together to make a difference for the next generation.

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General enquiries, speakers and media:

Smart Connection Consultancy

Sports & Recreation Expo

Anthony Reed

Event Address

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre / Wurundjeri Country
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf VIC 3006

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