11-13 May 2021


Update on Coronavirus

Over the past weeks and months we have continued to monitor the ongoing situation the world now finds itself in, and we have made the difficult decision to postpone the launch of ChinaBuild until 2021 with the next edition of the event now due to take place from 11 to 13 May 2021, in Sydney at the ICC Sydney.

We are acutely aware of the challenges that many in our industry are facing in regards to supply chain interruptions and travel restrictions, and it is for these reasons that we believe that rescheduling until 2021 gives us the best chance of delivering an event that will meet the needs of our exhibitors, partners and visitors.

Yet, while we have decided not to launch the exhibition this year, we know from speaking to the industry that there is a strong need for the market to come together in a different format and with the built environment set to play an essential role in rebuilding of the national economy, and securing supply chains already a hot topic, we will shortly be announcing details of a new Built Environment Summit to be held in October of this year.

This new summit will help connect leading built environment professionals and allow collaboration and discussion to drive this important recovery and sourcing agenda. We look forward to sharing more announcements on this exciting project soon.

We are also excited to announce that the postponement until May 2021 will allow us to introduce a new brand into the Australian Built Environment, with the UK’s leading platform for innovation and technology in the built environment, Digital Construction Week (DCW), set to make its debut at the 2021 event. This will be the first time that the brand will extend outside of the UK, and support the growing demand for digitisation of the built environment.

We remain committed to providing a business platform for successful trade between Australian buyers and Chinese manufacturers and we will continue to connect the industry through new opportunities for business over the coming months, including our digital communications, and online platforms.

This year may not have been business as usual for anyone, but we know how important it is to continue to provide a business platform for the built environment to connect, share insights and launch innovations, and rest assured that we are exploring new, complementary channels for our community to connect, that will support the growth of both your businesses and strengthen future ChinaBuild events.

2020 Event Announcement

While we had hoped, and worked hard, to be able to run the 2020 event in Q4, as we continued to monitor the situation, it became clear that continuing to launch the event would cause the industry more damage than good and that all our efforts would be better moved towards delivering a more stable event in May 2021.

ChinaBuild and Diversified Communications Australia, are conscious of our responsibility to prioritise the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners and staff. 

Both the current and likely future environment of economic hardships, travel, spending freezes, and uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 virus made it clear to us and our partners that not proceeding with ChinaBuild 2020 was the best decision at this time.  

While it will not be the same as experiencing ChinaBuild in person, we are committed to serving our industry by working hard to help cover the void left by the rescheduled event. We ask for your patience during this unprecedented and still rapidly evolving situation and we’ll be contacting you soon once we have a better idea of the new channels we have in place.

You can also check this website for future updates about ChinaBuild and new engagement opportunities as they become available. 

Looking ahead, we invite you to mark your calendars for ChinaBuild 2021 in Sydney when we will have the opportunity to connect in person.   

ChinaBuild 2021: 11 – 13 May 

ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour

NSW, Australia

For all exhibitors and sponsors, who have transferred payments to Diversified Communications Australia for the 2020 event, we intend to comply with the Exhibiting Terms and Conditions, which you can view here.We are also offering current exhibitors the ability to transfer their existing credit towards the below:

(a)  the option to credit or part credit, any current deposits to secure your location towards the 2021 event (holding on to 2020 rates)

(b) credit towards digital and virtual opportunities to connect with your target audience
(c) bespoke solutions – tailored to your needs. 

Due to the unprecedented nature of the situation, we ask for your patience as we work through the timing and details of these processes. 

We encourage all exhibitors to transfer their existing or remaining credit towards securing their space at the 2021 event in Sydney.

The process will be similar to our onsite booking process where we will work with you to secure a stand similar to your current location in 2020. This allows all existing 2020 exhibitors to have the first right of refusal on their 2021 stand. Existing exhibitors will also have priority access to stand movements, before we open the floorplan to the wider market.

Yes! We are freezing the 2020 rates for any 2020 exhibitors who wish to book a space in 2021. 

Regardless of whether you have chosen to transfer all of your credit or some of it, in order to take up digital and bespoke promotional opportunities this year, we want to support our loyal 2020 exhibitors and thank you for your continued support.

You will also get priority space selection before we open the 2021 floorplan up to the wider market.

As the event will be moving to Sydney, we will cancel all current visitor registrations for 2020, so no your registration won’t be transferred.

We’ll be opening registration for the 2021 event later in the year, and will inform you via email with a link to a new registration. 


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Any communication you may receive offering you to rent/buy or download our visitor or exhibitor contacts is a scam and should be deleted. We are currently exploring legal avenues to shut down these practices

General Questions

Visitor registrations will open in 2021. Subscribe here for updates.

The 2020 edition of ChinaBuild has been rescheduled and will next take place from 11- 13 May 2021 at the ICC Sydney.

ChinaBuild is a trade only event for professionals associated with the building and construction and/or import/export market. You must work in, or be associated with, a relevant industry to gain admittance to the show and be able to provide proof of identity upon entry to the exhibition.

All seminar tickets need to be booked through the registration pages when it opens in 2021.

Great! For more information about exhibiting at ChinaBuild, contact the ChinaBuild team.

All international visitors need to apply for a business visa. The passport which you hold will determine whether you can apply online, or if you need to lodge a paper-based application. Before lodging any application please take note of any travel restrictions that may apply. Click here for more information.

Applications need to be made well in advance at the Australian Embassy in your country or in some cases can be made online. For more information visit the Department of Immigration website.

Please note that the organisers DO NOT provide visa invitation letters to international visitors.

As this is a business event for those people working in the industry, we ask visitors not to bring anyone under the age of 15 to the show. The exception is infants under one year old that cannot be separated from their primary caregiver. If you bring an infant we strongly recommend that you carry them in a baby harness due to crowds (strictly no prams or shopping trolleys allowed at the show). This applies to the children of both visitors and exhibitors. Under no circumstances are any children permitted into the exhibition halls during Move In and Move Out of the show.

Students are welcome at ChinaBuild, however they are required to pre-register online or have prior consent from the ChinaBuild team. Only students studying a related course will qualify for entry.

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