The Big Idea




This revamped 'festival of ideas' is designed to upskill and inspire teachers, education leaders and partners who are searching for updated and practical tools to better engage and teach tomorrow's students. 

- Create your own agenda from  over 110 learning hours and  across 16 topics

- Get hands on with hundreds of products

- Sessions until 9pm

- 1 ticket to the whole show

At National FutureSchools, teachers walk away with practical, real-world solutions to all aspects of student learning and keys to bridge curriculum gaps, especially for emerging technologies.

By the organisers of EduTECH, National FutureSchools offers a drilled down perspective compared to its sister event; with a unique focus on teachers and student wellbeing across all levels and types of education. This is the best location for buyers to evaluate and see the latest technologies in action.

Education professionals have the added bonus of attaining certified PD points, which is approved by all states in Australia.

Improving the Schools of Tomorrow

2021 brings a refreshed, interactive and immersive experience where everybody participates on the expo floor with high quality PD at the best value.

The National FutureSchools Festival is Australia’s most important education event for K-12 faculty. In 2021 you can create your own agenda from 120+ learning hours packed with knowledge designed to upskill, inspire and motivate educators and administrators alike as they grapple with disruption within education.

A World Class Expo & Conference in One


The Exhibition floor is your opportunity to test drive a wide range of products and solutions side-by-side, allowing you to both identify the technologies that are right for you, and which vendors you want to partner with.

Our purpose-built theatres line the expo floor featuring 110+ learning hours of practical, real world content designed to drive change for education in the 21st century.




The success of National FutureSchools is directly correlated to the quality of content we have to offer, that is why we are very appreciated to have supporting partners to help make our annual festival possible.



About The Organiser


We’ve been sparking ideas, innovations and relationships that transform business for over 30 years. Using our global footprint, we bring innovators, disrupters and change agents together. Discussing and demonstrating the technology, strategies and personalities that are changing the way the world does business.

Our world leading events bring scale, knowledge and gravitas to promote innovation and technology that changes people’s lives. Whether it is solar and renewables in Africa, education technology in Australia, payments and e-commerce in Asia, railways in the Middle East, orphan drugs in the Americas, or aviation in Europe, our events make a difference.

We are creative, organic and customer-focused, curating content for the specific industry and location of each event. Whether you’re looking to make new connections, introduce product or inspire change in your industry, we invite you to join us as agitators of change.

Terrapinn – spark something.




Key Information


Festival opening times:

  • 22 March 2021,  Registration: 7.30am 
  • 22 March 2021, Day 1: 8.30am – 8.30pm 
  • 23 March 2021, Day 2: 8.30am – 4.00pm 



Join us at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre



About the venue

MCEC is located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River in South Wharf. Plenary and conference rooms is easily found within the Convention Centre, accessed via Convention Centre Place or a short walk down the Exhibition Centre Concourse from the Clarendon Street entrance.

Visit the MCEC website



New expansion Bays 21-24
2 Clarendon Street
South Wharf VIC
Melbourne, 3006
T | +61 3 9235 8000
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How to get there

By Tram

Tram routes 96, 109 and 12 (Stop 124A Casino/MCEC) will all take you to our Clarendon Street entrance. Otherwise, tram routes 70, 75 and the City Circle (Stop D5) take you to Flinders Street. From there, it’s just a short walk up Clarendon Street until you reach us. For tram timetables or further trip planning, use Public Transport Victoria’s Journey Planner.


By Train

The closest station is Southern Cross Station. Once you exit the station, you can catch the 96, 109 or 12 tram routes and arrive at MCEC in just a few stops.


By Car

The venue is easily accessed by the City’s roadways and freeways. City Link connects the centre with the airport in just 30 minutes. The Melbourne Exhibition Centre car park is located under the venue and is accessed via Normanby Street. If you’re being dropped off at the Exhibition Centre, our Clarendon Street entrance is the closest entrance. If you’re getting a lift to the Convention Centre, the entrance near DFO is the closest drop off point.

Please note:  Car parking is limited at the Exhibition Centre. Please use public transport if you can! For additional parking information see here:



By Bus

Monday to Friday, bus route 237 goes via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street, which is roughly a five-minute walk to MCEC.


By Taxi or Uber

Ask your taxi or Uber driver to drop you off at MCEC’s Clarendon Street entrance. There are two nearby taxi ranks – Crown, Clarendon Street and DFO, Convention Centre Place.


By Plane

When you arrive from Melbourne Airport (also known as Tullamarine Airport), you have three options. You can catch a taxi from outside your terminal or request an Uber by following the signs outside your terminal to the pick-up zones. You can also get the Skybus, which has a service called the Southbank Docklands Express that stops at the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC.


For more information, click on the button below



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Venue Map



Conference and Expo Evaluation

Help Terrapinn Australia improve our future events. Please complete the post-event survey that will be emailed to you as the event. We welcome all types of feedback and strive to improve our events each year.



Free wireless internet is available for conference delegates and expo visitors.


Name Badge

Name badges must be worn at all times. Your name badge will be emailed to you one week prior to the event. Please print this out in COLOUR and bring with you on the day. If you cannot print your badge at home, we will have printing stations available in the registration area.



The MCEC has a cloakroom located at their reception desk in the Convention Centre. The cloakroom is run by MCEC staff and is on a first come first serve basis.



A photographer will be onsite during the conference. Photographs will be used for promotional purposes on the Terrapinn Australia websites, in email communications and on Terrapinn Australia social media sites. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let the photographer know.


Professional Development

National FutureSchools can be used to log registered and/or teacher identified PD with your teacher registration board. 
For more information please click here.


Food and Beverage

Lunch is not included as a part of a regular ticket package. On the day food and beverage can be purchased at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre cafes, restaurants or from the café inside the Expo Hall.

Or you can add lunch to your registration at $35 per day.
If you would like to add a lunch box to your package, please email our team to let them know at . 


Make sure you bring your reusable water bottle to National FutureSchools Festival and you can refill throughout the day at one of the filtered water stations located inside the expo.  


Event App

To keep up to date with the latest agendas, competitions and to interact with other attendees download the event app. Registered attendees will receive login details. To download the app, search 'Terrapinn Events' in the App Store or Google Play store.  This will be available prior to the event, you will receive an email with your login details.


Win Prizes

Sponsors and partners will be conducting prize draws over the two-day event. Walk around the expo to find out what's on offer and for your chance to win.



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