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Melbourne City Experience Expo

Melbourne City Experience Expo

July 2020 - In light of the ongoing pandemic and restrictions concerning numbers at Storey Hall we have decided to postpone this event to a date to be determined in the new year. If you would like to kept updated as the situation evolves, please contact and we will add you name to our list of interested parties.

This one-day expo brings together teachers from all over Victoria who are interested in planning a rich city-based experience for their students.

It’s a one stop shop for information about more than 25 different organisations, plus planning and safety tips that will help you identify options, target links to learning outcomes and build a purposeful city-based program for your students.

Suitable for all primary and secondary teachers who coordinate city-based programs and camps for their schools.

Program includes:

  • Site Trails - Select from a range of possible trails and take a two hour tour highlighting the activities available at more than 30 different locations, as well as the logistics of moving around the city by public transport.
  • The return of our popular Org Speed Dating session – stay seated as we come to you with a lively series of program pitches!
  • Choose Your Own Adventure – Close out the day by visiting one organisation of your choice to experience their program offer in depth.
  • Certificate of Participation for VIT registration available.

I've done this before - What's new for the Expo in 2020?

After a year in recess, we plan to attract a bigger audience than ever:

  • More than 20 organisations in attendance – our biggest turn out ever!
  • Attendees include Big Issue Classroom, Eureka Skydeck, Museum Victoria, SYN Media and more!
  • Fantastic venue location: Storey Hall, RMIT with room for over 180 teachers.
  • Keynote speaker/s to address the Melbourne experience and the value of city-based learning activities
  • Spotlight on safety and logistics: presentations from Metro Trains Melbourne and Victoria Police on managing school groups in our busy, construction beleaguered city.
  • Showcasing sustainable and ethical food options for your students, including morning tea by STREAT and a delicious lunch from the Asylum Seeker Centre.
  • $75 for a full day’s program- no increase on 2018 pricing.

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hat and a valid MYKI card – you’ll be going on a Site Trail around Melbourne’s CBD.

About us

The Melbourne City Experience Network (MCEN) is a professional association of 30 plus providers, based within Melbourne CBD who offer location-based, curriculum aligned education programs to school groups.

Our common purpose is the provision of curriculum aligned educational programs for P-12 students and our shared objective is the promotion of best practice delivery and the value of such experiences to the education sector.

MCEN is inclusive of government, NFP and business organisations.

Membership of MCEN is by invitation and interested parties can contact MCEN to request inclusion.

MCEN operates as a not-for profit community group. The assets and income of the organisation shall be applied solely to further its objects and no portion shall be distributed directly or indirectly to the members of the organisation except as genuine compensation for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the organisation.

In the event of MCEN being dissolved, all assets that remain after such dissolution and the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities shall be transferred to another organisation with similar purposes, which is charitable at law and which has rules prohibiting the distribution of its assets and income to its members.

  • Chair: Cherida Longley, Rail Projects Victoria
  • Secretary and Treasurer: Sian Fitzpatrick, Rail Projects Victoria
  • Ticketing, Site Trails and Speed Dating: Joshua Cowie, Arts Centre Melbourne

The Melbourne City Experience Expo: Professional Learning Day for Teachers

The MCEN’s primary objective is the provision of the Melbourne City Experience Expo: Professional Learning Day for Teachers which gives teachers the opportunity to engage with Melbourne's leading location-based educators.

Aimed at primary and secondary teachers who coordinate city-based programs and camps for their schools, this full day event provides a comprehensive up-to-date survey of what is available, as well as the opportunity to hear from relevant experts, share best practice, and pick up tips for managing their students’ city experience.

This event is of particular interest to Year 9 teachers, however teachers from both the primary and secondary sector are encouraged to attend.

The Expo is run on a Not-For-Profit, cost recovery basis. Ticketing is priced to cover the cost of venue hire, catering and incidentals – our intention is to make the event accessible to teachers from as many schools as possible.

Any profit up to $500 will be kept by our ticketing sponsor Arts Centre Melbourne to cover the administration of ticketing and purchase order payments. Any profit over $500 will be donated to Ozanam House accommodation and homelessness resource centre.

The Expo is project managed by a working party of MCEN members who volunteer their time and expertise to support delivery of the event.

The event has been held 6 times since 2013 and between 50 and 120 teachers have attended on each occasion.

Indicative Program





  • Registration Opens
  • Browse Expo Stalls


  • Welcome to Country


  • Introduction and Overview of Day


  • Keynote Speaker/s


  • Org Speed Dating*
    • 3 x 2 minutes at first table
    • 3 x 2 minutes at second table
    • 3 x 2 minutes at third table


  • Morning Tea: Streat


  • Site Trails
    • Using public transport, go on a guided tour to 4-5 organisations and learn more about the activities they offer.


  • Return to Storey Hall
  • Lunch: Asylum Seekers Centre
  • Sign up for Choose Your Own Adventure


  • Travel and safety tips for city bound classes.


  • Choose your own adventure
    • Head off for your in depth exploration of activities available with the organisation of your choice.


  • Expo Ends: teachers depart from their CYOA venue

*Site trail and Org Speed Dating table allocations will be designed to maximise your exposure to different organisations.

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