Decompress 2018 is a part of a curated family of events upheld to the highest standards in the industry. We’re well-established and recognized worldwide, striving to raise the bar for tech events across the globe.

For the fourth time, we’re assembling a group of international and local speakers to present in Melbourne on the topics of front-end development, design, JavaScript, industry culture, ethics, security, cryptography, and much more, bringing innovation to Australia.

We’re driven by a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equality—operating under an actionable Code of Conduct, running a Scholarship Program for underrepresented groups, sharing our Accessibility Statement, and being transparent about our multidisciplinary approach to the event.

Venue & Date


Meat Market
5 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051

Decompress 2018 will take place on 23rd March 2018 at North Melbourne Meat Market. Built in the 1880s; the Meat Market is a heritage-listed building, previously home to butchers, now house to countless cultural and arts events.

The Meat Market is conveniently located within 3-5 minutes walk from trams (19, 58, 59) and buses (401, 402, 403). There’s no public parking available. The surrounding area has a limited permit, metered and timed on-street parking. Alternatively, there’s a secure parking opposite of the venue that can be booked online (use MEATMARKET17 code for a discount).

The venue is wheelchair accessible (read more in our Accessibility Statement).


Until sold out, you can purchase a pass here. All prices inclusive of GST.

Regular Bird

December 2 onwards.

  • CSSConf: $450
  • JSConf: $825
  • Combo: $1250

You can pay with Visa or MasterCard. Please contact us to arrange invoice payment of group bookings of 6 or more tickets.

What do I get?

Apart from excellent talks, a few days of learning and fantastic opportunities to make friends, hire or get hired, going to the conference gets you:

  • carefully crafted swag
  • healthy and hearty breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon teas
  • free, high-quality coffee and soft drinks throughout the event
  • free entry, food, and drink at all pre and afterparties
All tickets include entry to Decompress.

Travel and Transport

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne has one airport, known as the Tullamarine Airport, located ~20 kilometers north-west of the city center. The most convenient way to get into the city is:

  • Taxi or Uber ($50-$70 one way)
  • SkyBus ($19 one way per person, runs every 10 minutes, 24/7)

The most affordable option is Public Transport Victoria buses and trains, requiring at least one connection (bus to Broadmeadows connecting to the Craigieburn line to the city, $4.10 for a one way Zone 1/2 ticket).

Public Transport

Melbourne’s trains, trams, and buses are operated by Public Transport Victoria. To travel, it’s necessary to obtain a reusable myki card ($6 per card at full fare) and top it up. It’s essential to touch on and off the myki card as you board and disembark public transport vehicles. Alternatively, it’s possible to purchase a myki Explorer pass ($15 and includes $9 myki Money for travel) that includes special offers and discounts for tourist attractions.

Melbourne’s CBD is covered by the Free Tram Zone, which means there’s no need for a ticket if traveling exclusively within its borders. See the map →


Melbourne is a bike-friendly city, boasting over 135 km of on- and off-road routes. There are multiple bike rental places as well as public bicycle schemes such as Melbourne Bike Share ($3 a day for unlimited 30-min rides) or dockless oBike ($1.99 for 30 minutes, unlockable via an app).

Bear in mind that riding without a helmet is illegal in Australia.


There are numerous Taxi companies operating in Melbourne. You can usually hail one in CBD, but it becomes harder the further you go. Uber is generally cheaper and more convenient.


March, the first month of Autumn, is a fairly popular month to visit Melbourne as the temperatures decrease after a hot summer. Due to the vicinity of Easter and the F1 Grand Prix, it’s advised to book accommodation as soon as possible.

There are a few hotels nearby the venue (15-20min walk), which you might want to consider:

There are much more hotels further into CBD available on Booking.com. Alternatively, consider private accommodation through AirBnB.

Stay up to date

For all announcements follow @decompressau on Twitter or sign up to our mailing list below. In case of any questions you can always contact our team.

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We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations, the traditional owners of the land on which we gather. We pay our respects to their Elders: past, present and future.

We firmly believe in diversity, inclusion and equality.