Event Highlights

Date: Aug - Sep 2015

Event Type: Annual Meeting, Conference and Workshops

Delegates: 600

Introduction

SMC Conference & Function Centre’s (SMC) versatile spaces provide an elevated level of accessibility to all types of events via extensive accessible design, including direct access for unassisted entry, and indirect access compatible with assistive technology such as hearing loops.

Accessibility initiatives include, but are not limited to: • Specialised AV and equipment hire such as access to ramps for stages, hearing loops, Auslan interpretation, large font and downloadable print options and clever lighting • Providing guidance and information regarding transport options – public and private – and accessible parking • Private access for ease in drop off and pick up • Lift access to all floors of the building • Clear directional signage • Wheelchair accessible, flat, street level entry to the building • Male, female and disabled bathrooms on the ground, 1st, 3rd and 5th floors • Lower tables available for catering • Extensive information and advice on hotels with accessible accommodation

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Essential Briefing

Date: 11 August 2015

Event Type: Annual Meeting

Delegates: 600

Key achievements: Efficiently facilitated NDIS update briefing; a national roadshow.

Brief

Hosted by National Disability Services (NDS), the event objective was to update and brief attendees on the progress of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and provide information for individuals and service providers on how NDIS’ progression will affect them.

A roadshow event, NDIS Essential Briefing sessions were held across 8 capital cities and required 3 months of advanced planning. For NDS, an organisation specialising in disability services, it was paramount that the chosen venue had complete accessibility, and SMC delivered on this exceptionally.

For the second year running, the event was successfully hosted in the Banquet Hall for 600 guests, illustrating their, flexibility and outstanding levels of accessibility. Having held the event previously at SMC, no site inspection was necessary as NDS trusted SMC’s ability to meet their brief in a timely manner, making it “an easy planning process”.

“SMC are a great venue to work with and we wouldn’t hesitate using them again,”
─ Olivia Bulluss, National Events Coordinator, NDS.

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NSW Health Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) Workshops

Date: 7, 11, 14 and 15 September 2015

Event Type: Workshop

Delegates: 4 consultations, 20 pax per session

Key achievements: Successful consultation sessions regarding the NSW Health Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP)

Brief

Hosted by independent consultant, Urbis, four sessions were carried out across a series of workshops involving people with disabilities, their carers and family members, and peak bodies, to provide firsthand information and input to the NSW Health Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

Urbis made it clear from the outset that accessibility was paramount to the successful execution of the event. This meant that close contact was a priority as SMC worked together with Urbis to ensure all accessibility requirements were addressed.

SMC seamlessly provided catering and AV support, including specific accessibility requirements for all four small scale consultation sessions, in addition to hire of the venue space.

SMC’s superior reputation in the accessibility space was clearly illustrated through Urbis’ choice to use the venue for concurrent years. Urbis did not require a site inspection as they trusted SMC’s ability to exceed expectations. The live captioning and Auslan interpretation supplier also confirmed that SMC are more than adequately equipped to meet their communications needs, and have an industry reputation for their accessibility initiatives.

“SMC is a go-to venue for accessible events. We feel confident they not only have the facilities, but more importantly, the support to provide an accessible experience. This adds enormous value in terms of managing the risk and ensuring the event is run smoothly,”
─ Sidonie Roberts, Economic and Social Advisory Consultant, Urbis.

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NDIA ICT Industry Information Session

Date: 20 August 2015

Event Type: Theatre/Conference style

Delegates: 60

Key achievements: Enabled a successful information session aimed at making the ICT Industry aware of the NDIA’s technology direction

Brief

Following a glowing recommendation from a mutual contact, SMC was Deloitte’s venue of choice to host their industry information session. The venue’s extensive accessibility and positive reputation were major factors in the decision.

Taking place in the Banquet Hall, accessibility was crucial for Deloitte as the keynote speaker required mobility assistance including ramp access to the stage and AV equipment with hearing loop. Regular communication ensured that all such challenges were resolved seamlessly and in addition to providing access to accessibility features, SMC also catered the event and facilitated video recording.

ICT

Audio Visual and Broadband Internet

All spaces can be fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment to suit your requirements. Every room (except the larger Banquet Hall and Grand Lodge) has a ceiling mounted projector available for hire and a screen, flip chart and whiteboard are included. Banquet Hall and Grand Lodge have the capabtility of one or two screens either in 16:9 or 4:3 format, front or rear projection, depending on your set up and budget.

When it comes to internet, we recognise that fibre-optic internet is the industry standard. Taking this standard seriously, SMC invested in a fibre-optic backbone and has the capability of providing clients their own private network reaching speeds of up to 400 mpbs. This is ideal for live streaming and delegates making use of social media and digital applications. SMC also offers free Wi-Fi throughout the entire venue.

More information and technical specifications are available in these tech sheets:
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pdfConnectivity217.45 KB

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Parking

SMC and Secure Parking have teamed up to offer you 15% off ALL parking products at the Secure World Square Carpark when booking online.
At the Secure Parking World Square booking page, click “BOOK NOW” next to any of the products and apply the promotional code: SMCFC16.

Arriving by train? The closest station is Museum Station (300 metres or a 3 minute walk) and then Central Station (700 metres or 7 minutes). To walk from Museum Station, simply follow the Castlereagh Street exit signs inside the station, then turn left heading south down Castlereagh Street. At the first intersection (corner of Castlereagh & Goulburn Streets), turn right to come to the SMC main entrance at 66 Goulburn Street.

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SMC Hotel Partners

Click on the hotel icon in the above map to see each hotel’s address, phone number and website, or download SMC’s Hotel Partner fact sheet.

**Access the SMC discount of 10% off the Best Available Rate using the following link at: Vibe Hotel Sydney, Travelodge Sydney and Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Central

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SMC the Leading Venue for Accessibility

Event Highlights

Date: Aug - Sep 2015

Event Type: Annual Meeting, Conference and Workshops

Delegates: 600

Introduction

SMC Conference & Function Centre’s (SMC) versatile spaces provide an elevated level of accessibility to all types of events via extensive accessible design, including direct access for unassisted entry, and indirect access compatible with assistive technology such as hearing loops.

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ACEL Inaugural Hedley Beare Memorial Lecture

Event Highlights

Date: 13 February 2015

Event Type: ACEL Inaugural Hedley Beare Memorial Lecture

Guests: 169

Key achievements: Effectively managed a high profile, high risk national event

Introduction

The objective of this event was to bring educators across the nation into an open forum, inclusive of a Q&A with the Australian Minister for Education and Training, and to be briefed on the release of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report.

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NSW Australian Cinematographers Society Awards Dinner

Event Highlights

Date: 8 November 2014

Event Type: NSW Australian Cinematographers Society Awards Event

Delegates: 200

Key achievements: Delivery of the third consecutive award event for ACS

Introduction

The Australian Cinematographers Society Awards are held annually in every major state. The NSW Awards were held on 8 November 2014 at the SMC Conference & Function Centre (SMC) Banquet Hall. There were 20 categories and 200 people in attendance including 80 nominee finalists, sponsors and members.

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Starlight Children's Foundation

Volunteer Thank You Event

Event Highlights

Date: 20 October 2014

Event Type: Starlight Children's Foundation Volunteer Thank You Event

Delegates: 120

Key achievements: SMC Conference & Function Centre’s Marble Foyer facilitated one of the largest groups of volunteers as part of the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s community

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Australian Medical Students' Association

10th Global Health Conference

Event Highlights

Date: 5 — 9 September 2014

Event Type: Australian Medical Students' Association 10th Global Health Conference, workshop, social events

Delegates: 720

Key achievements: SMC Conference & Function Centre's (SMC) Plenary Hall facilitated the largest ever AMSA global health conference. AMSA engaged a wider than ever range of speakers including, for the first time, a webcast featuring a high profile speaker from the UK

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