Kinect Australia in conjunction with the Victorian Local Governance Association and Walk21, is convening the conference. MW21 is being sponsored by Go For Your Life through the Department of Victorian Communities (major sponsor), the Department of Infrastructure, Department of Sustainability and Environment, the Department of Human Services, the Transport Accident Commission, the City of Melbourne, the Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage, VicHealth, Tribal Media Makers and The Athletes Foot. An alliance has been established with New Zealand to foster joint development and facilitation with support being provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, Living Streets Aotearoa, SPARC, the Health Sponsorship Council, and Land Transport New Zealand. Post conference activities will also be held in New Zealand.
Melbourne Walk21 is also being supported by the Planning Institute of Australia, ICLEI, Australian Sporting Goods Association, Retail Cycle Traders Australia, Pedestrian Council of Australia, ARRB, Ecologically Sustainable Design and the Australian Council for New Urbanism. The list of sponsors and supporters continues to grow, aligning closely with a key objective of the conference which is to promote intersectoral, broad based, cooperative and integrated development.