Getting ready for lift-off at Careers Expo with the VET Expo
You're most welcome
Schools groups are encouraged to attend Careers Expo and VET Expo. We make it safe and easy for supervising teachers, students and bus drivers: we offer a choice of two weekdays (Thursday and Friday) on which to attend; we provide an undercover bus arrival and discharge area accessible from the rear loading docks and fully quarantined form other traffic; we have staff on-hand to manage buses and to direct arriving and departing groups students; and we set aside a large area for groups waiting to be collected by their buses.
Entry for all visitors is free.
The right time of the year
The Careers Expo and VET Expo are held in May of each year. Opening hours are between 9:00am and 3:00pm on the weekdays and 10:00am and 4:00pm on the weekend.
The date sits at an important juncture for secondary school students: near the start of second term; well ahead of when they must register for tertiary education courses and in advance of the university open days.
The most to see
The Careers Expo and VET Expo is Western Australia's leading careers and education expo for school students, up-skillers and career changers with the primary focus on students Years 9 to 12 of secondary school. Alongside displays by all local universities and many from outside of the state, there's representation from the TAFE sector, private education and training colleges, industry associations and employers.
For a full list of who's on show, click visit our Visitors page.
The best venue
The Careers Expo and VET Expo will once again be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC). Located on the edge of the Perth CBD, it's within walking distance of bus, train and ferry services and well-connected to the Freeway and other major roads. The venue's amenities include cafes, coffee shops, wash-rooms and expansive public foyers for congregating groups.
During the event, the venue is configured to facilitate visits by large school groups including special provision for buses to set students down inside the pavilions - for more details, download the PCEC Venue Entry for Buses plans.
The easiest way to register
Planning is everything and we pride ourselves on providing everything that's need for a successful outing. Whether the intention is organise a group visit during the weekdays or encourage students and parents to attend over the weekend you'll find everything you need to know here.
Access for charter buses
If your group intends to travel to PCEC in your school bus or a chartered bus, please be aware that it will not be possible to park the bus at the venue. However, we have made special arrangements for buses to drop-off and pick-up students from Pavilion 5 via the loading docks at the rear (river side) of the Venue.
The PCEC Loading Docks Access indicates the location of the access ramp boom gate. Depending on your starting location, there are five suggested routes that you may follow to arrive at the boom gate and access ramp. Alternatively, you may click here to locate the PCEC Boom Gate on Google Maps or enter the GPS coordinates (-31.955929, 115.850486) into the "Search Google Maps" window.
Once on the loading docks your bus should stop outside the Pavilion 5 loading dock door and you will be met by an Exibit staff member who will direct you into the pavilion. Download a copy of the PCEC Venue Entry for Buses.
After students have disembarked, the bus driver will be asked to take the bus away from the PCEC. The exit route is onto Riverside Drive.
When heading south down Spring Street: From the right-hand lane at the bottom of Spring Street, at the Mount Bay Road intersection, on a green signal, drive across Mounts Bay Road towards the entry to Freeway-North. Move into the left-most lane. The boom gate is directly ahead.
When heading east along Mounts Bay Road: From the right-hand lane of Mounts Bay Road, at the Spring Street intersection, on a green signal, turn right towards the entry to Freeway-North. Immediately move into the left-most lane. The boom gate is directly ahead.
When heading west along Mounts Bay Road: After crossing over the Mills Street intersection, move into the left-hand lane of Mounts Bay Road. At the next intersection (Spring Street), on a green signal, turn left towards the entry to Freeway-North. Stay in the left-most lane. The boom gate is directly ahead.
When heading north along the Freeway: Prior to crossing the Narrows Bridge, move into the middle lane (sign-posted as heading towards Fremantle) and then veer to the left at the fork (sign-posted Mounts Bay Road/City Centre/Fremantle). Once past the fork, proceed into the right-hand lane and, on a green signal, turn right into Mounts Bay Road at the traffic lights. Stay in the right-hand lane of Mounts Bay Road, travel under the Freeway over-pass, and at the Spring Street intersection, on a green signal, turn right towards the entry to Freeway-North. Immediately move into the left-most lane. The boom gate is directly ahead.
When heading south along the Freeway: When travelling down the Freeway heading south, move into the second left-most lane and take the Mounts Bay Road/Riverside Drive exits then veer right into the Mounts Bay Road exit. Move into the left-hand lane (sign-posted as heading towards Fremantle) and take the left-hand slip-road. Immediately move into the right-hand lane of Mounts Bay Road, travel under the Freeway over-pass and, on a green signal, through the intersection controlled by traffic-lights and merge into one lane. Where the road divides, move into the right-hand lane and after about 100 metres, make a U-turn at the break in the traffic island. Stay in the right-hand lane of Mounts Bay Road, travel back under the Freeway over-pass, and at the Spring Street intersection, on a green signal, turn right towards the entry to Freeway-North. Immediately move into the left-most lane. The boom gate is directly ahead.
Access for cars
If you have a small group that intends to drive and park a car in the car park underneath the venue, you have a choice of three entry points. Visit Convention Centre car park for more details. There is a 2.1 metre height restriction so most mini buses and coasters cannot park here.
Access by public transport
Bus, train and ferry stations are within walking distance. Visit the Transperth website for more details or call their Infoline on 13 62 13 (TTY: 9428 1999 for the hearing-impaired).
Taxis are permitted to set-down and pick-up passengers at the front door of the venue and there’s a taxi call-phone in the foyer.