Why attend UDIA Congress in 2018?

Now is the time to be curious, to disrupt and connect together to create inspiring urban cities.

Why attend UDIA National Congress 2018?

Now is the time to be curious, to disrupt and connect together to create inspiring urban cities.

Australian cities have evolved greatly over the past few years. In Melbourne especially, we are seeing unparalleled population growth, which will continue to change the face of the city and provide new opportunities for modernisation, innovation and sustainable growth.

For the housing industry, that means delivering homes which look beyond life as we know it. As we enter 2018, it’s vital to consider how our rapidly changing built environment will alter what people want and need from their homes.

New technology, 20-minute neighbourhoods, driverless cars… our cities will continue to evolve in 2018 and beyond. These innovations aren’t a lifetime away, they’re not futuristic imaginations. 2018 will see Melbourne host the National UDIA Congress, where you will be inspired by these amazing opportunities, which are literally at our fingertips.


So why should you be attending in 2018?


  • Experience – The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) is the peak body representing the property development industry throughout Australia. UDIA is a not-for- profit industry body dedicated to the representation of Australia’s urban development industry. Now in its 26th year, the National Congress is the industry’s flagship event and a respected meeting of the industry’s brightest minds.
  • Knowledge – The three days of programming and over 20 plenary sessions offer unrivalled access to global innovators, best practice case studies, local pioneers in sustainable and affordable development and interactive sessions to heighten your tangible takeaways.
  • Research – Join us for the launch of the UDIA National State of the Land Report, including the most current industry insights into greenfield market supply and performance from Charter Keck Cramer and Research4. You won’t see data like this on development industry activity anywhere else.
  • Networks – Each year 600+ industry members attend to network and hear from key government and business leaders. Given our policy focus, the majority of our delegates are made up of senior management professionals who are the industry’s key influencers and decision makers.
  • Melbourne – Set to overtake Sydney by 2050 as Australia’s largest city, it is the perfect place to explore vibrant urban evolution through our study tours, social events and the opportunity to meet with those leading the growth charge.
  • Join the Discussion – Take our insights and networking opportunities to the next level with the interactive Congress App allowing you to engage and connect at Congress like never before.
  • Session polling, speaker Q&A, exhibitor lead capture, contact sharing and more, mean your device is all you will need to bring for a super charged Congress experience.

Industry knowledge and experience meet at the 26th Annual UDIA National Congress

Be Curious

 Over 40 local and international speakers will explore their bold ideas for our industry.


Interactive panel discussions and audience polling will challenge and excite your Congress experience.

Connect Together

World class site tours, tech leading exhibition hub and glamourous social events collide for the most important networking opportunities of the year.

Who is attending?

Destination Melbourne

UDIA National Congress 2018 will be held in Melbourne, in the beautiful State of Victoria, Australia. Melbourne, ‘The World’s Most Livable City’ is exciting, rich in diversity and culture, home to various performing arts; fantastic architecture, great shopping and amazing sports.

  • Discover Melbourne’s coffee and food culture, which can be found in our all amazing Cafes and Restaurants that dot city’s landscape. From fine dining restaurants, swish eateries to chic rooftop bars, the city thrives on its cafe culture and bustling bar scene. With an array of restaurants, cafes, bars and world-famous wine regions within easy access of the city, come and be immersed in a journey of culinary discoveries.
  • Melbourne’s culture is vibrant and alive. The city is home to over 100 galleries, an array of live music and performing arts venues, world class theatre performances, various museums and unique outdoor public art. View world-class Australian artwork collections and Indigenous culture at the National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Discovering Melbourne’s architectural history is another great way too explore the city, from the landmark Rialto, down iconic laneways, to the gilded Eureka tower, there is so much to explore in this ever changing city skyline.
  • Make the most of your time in Melbourne – from its creative, exciting city centre, to its buzzing neighbourhood hubs. It’s the gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries, natural springs, peninsulas, spectacular coastline and alpine villages. See what’s on while you’re in town!

Getting Around Melbourne

Recently named the World’s Most Livable City for the 7th year in a row, Melbourne is easy to navigate by foot or public transport. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is located within easy walking distance of many hotels, restaurants, cafés, shopping and attractions. The City of Melbourne provides informative walking maps and information that can be downloaded for free here.

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The Grand Prix

The 2018 Formula 1® season starts on 23 – 25 March right here in Melbourne. The festivities take place in Albert Park, beautiful racetracks within the city limits between CBD and the St. Kilda beach. The Australian Grand Prix is much more than a Sunday race and the days before the main event alone are worth travelling to Oz for. Aerial displays, concerts, Fan Zones, car displays and driver interactions are just a few of the festivities available to attendees in previous years. Every season, the party seems to get bigger and 2018’s Australian Grand Prix should be no exception. Be trackside as the top drivers in the world compete for one of the sport’s most coveted titles amongst a crowd of nearly 100,000 spectators.

Quick information

  • Race weekend: 22 – 25 March 2018
  • Where: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Albert Road, Albert Park
  • Ticket costs: 4-day grandstand passes start from $299
  • Find out more: grandprix.com.au

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

This a state-wide celebration in March with over 300 events all across Victoria.

Food and wine lovers in their hundreds and thousands each year indulge in bespoke events that fill Melbourne’s labyrinthine network of restaurants, laneways, lights-turned-down basements, dizzying rooftops as well as spilling into spectacular regional Victoria.

The festival is all about supporting and cultivating the very things that make Melbourne – and our surrounding regions – a gastronomic playground.

Quick information

  • Race weekend: 16 – 25 March 2018
  • Where: Throughout Melbourne and beyond
  • Ticket costs: Various
  • Find out more: http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au


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