First Peoples Engagement Guide
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First Peoples Engagement Guide

How to create a culturally rich business event and drive social impact

Wominjeka This is the local Aboriginal Peoples, Wurundjeri, word for Welcome. Melbourne Convention Bureau acknowledges the Wurundjeri Peoples of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which Melbourne now stands.

Why is this engagement guide important?

Melbourne and Victoria have thousands of years of rich Aboriginal culture to acknowledge, explore and enrich delegate experiences, whether it be through traditional Welcome to Country ceremonies or Aboriginal-guided walking tours along Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr (the Yarra River).

However, the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) also encourages business event planners to go one step further and support the region’s contemporary community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners and entrepreneurs.

By using local Indigenous-owned and managed suppliers in your business event program, you will make a positive impact on the social outcomes of Victoria’s First Peoples and their future generations.

  • Respect the importance and significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to Victoria
  • Generate greater individual and collective prosperity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

By considering and implementing the suggestions in this guide for your conference, meeting or incentive program, you’ll also be moving in the right direction to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals – something all business event planners should be considering from the outset when planning their event, no matter how big or small.


Indigenous Supplier Guide for Business Events

Sample Incentive Itinerary - One Day Urban Culture and Adventure Experience

Inspiration - Plan a Culture-Rich Gala Event with a Wow Factor

Putting it Into Practice - How MCB Works with Indigenous Suppliers

Sample Incentive Itinerary - Two Day Culture, Wine and Nature Adventure in Regional Victoria


Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria

The Kinaway Chamber of Commerce helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in Victoria thrive. As a registered charity, Kinaway provides business support and advice, helps improve visibility and networks, strengthen relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses across Victoria.

Find out more about Kinaway

Lead the way. Share your positive impact story!

Communicating the steps you take to support local First Peoples businesses and to incorporate Indigenous flavours and experiences into your business event program is a crucial step in driving awareness and momentum across the industry.

MCB encourages you to share your positive impact initiatives with your audiences in the hope this will enact change and encourage other business event planners to follow your lead.

Contact MCB

The Melbourne Convention Bureau team are here to provide free guidance for your next conference, meeting, incentive program or gala event.

Contact us for advice, recommendations and referrals to create a business event with positive impact.

Artwork by Yorta Yorta artist Chloe Jones.