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Congress Rental Australia

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Congress Rental Australia
IndustryProfessional audiovisual industry
Founded 📆
Founder 👔Neville Barbey
Headquarters 🏙️Gladesville, Australia
Area served 🗺️
Products 📟 Conference Systems, Simultaneous Interpretation Systems
Number of employees
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Congress Rental Australia is a supplier of simultaneous interpretation and conferencing solutions in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. It is linked to German technology company Bosch, exclusively using their conference equipment.


Prior to Congress Rental Australia being founded, it was a division of Philips Australia known as Interpretation Rental. Neville Barbey managed this business at Philips from 1975 and remained with the business until his retirement in 2017. During this time, Philips was the dominant player in the Australian market undertaking most association language interpretation assignments in Australia along with high-profile events including Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) and the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 2000 the business was sold to Jeremy Ducklin and Congress Rental Australia was formed. Congress Rental Australia has also been part of the Congress Rental Network, since 1994.

In 2006, Congress Rental Singapore was established, offering the same range of products and services as Congress Rental Australia. In 2017, Congress Rental Indonesia was established in Bali, undertaking the same range of products and services as Congress Rental Australia. In 2019, Congress Rental New Zealand]was established in Wellington, undertaking the same range of products and services as Congress Rental Australia.


Congress Rental Australia primarily uses Bosch equipment to deliver its solutions to clients. The products and services offered are:

  • Interpretation Booths and equipment for language interpretation at events
  • Conference microphone rental and sale
  • Audience response and polling
  • Microphone integration with camera and delegate queuing system
  • Silent conferences/silent meetings
  • Remote Simultaneous Interpretation
  • Virtual and Hybrid Events

Notable events[edit]

With over 20 years of experience, Congress Rental Australia has many major projects in their portfolio, some of which include:


  • 2013 Congress Rental Network Member of the Year
  • 2013 Bosch Asia Pacific Region Member of the Year
  • 2013 Bosch Outstanding Contribution Award
  • 2014 Bosch Outstanding Marketing Contribution Award
  • 2014 Bosch Asia Pacific Region Member of the Year
  • 2015 MICE Best Event Supplier/Contractor Award
  • 2015 Bosch Asia Pacific Region Member of the Year
  • 2016 Bosch Asia Pacific Region Member of the Year
  • 2018 Congress Rental Network Asia Pacific Region Member of the Year
  • 2020 Meetings and Events Australia Specialist services and suppliers award[1][2]

Media mentions[edit]

Congress Rental Australia has been mentioned in numerous events and language industry media outlets including:


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2020 MEA Awards winners announced". Spice News. 2021-09-23. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 News, A. S. E. (2021-09-23). "MEA Awards for 2020". Australasian Special Events. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  3. "Congress Rental Australia Wants to Improve RSI for Interpreters". Slator. 2021-03-11. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  4. cim. "'Everything stopped', how Congress Rental rebounded from the Covid-19 crisis | CIM Business Events". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  5. cim. "Congress Rental sees surge in business as global events go online | CIM Business Events". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  6. "The COVID-safe technology making events safer". Spice News. 2020-12-14. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  7. "Business events industry reunites at Events Uncovered 2020". Spice News. 2020-09-24. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  8. "micenet magazine - | The once-ignored product thriving during COVID". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  9. "micenet magazine - | Harry the hirer the big winner at MEA's national awards". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  11. Inavate. "Secure summit at Shangri-la, Singapore". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  12. Inavate. "Case Study: ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, Australia". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  13. Inavate. "Case study: ASEAN Leaders meetings, Laos". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  14. Inavate. "Case study: Special Senior Officials Meeting, Singapore". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  15. Boey, Caroline. "Virtual meetings are here to stay, even after Covid-19 | TTGmice". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  16. Boey, Caroline. "The digital quick shift: a positive and educational pivot | TTGmice". Retrieved 2021-10-25.

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