December has come around fast and as the festive season warms up, it is a great time to look at the achievements of the year and reflect on the ways that the Christmas spirit of generosity and goodwill is at the heart of SMC’s values year-round. 

2018 has indeed been a busy year at SMC. The centre hosted 742 events that entailed 2,986 specific room setups and welcomed 164, 371 attendees across everything from conference presentations to screenings to galas and award nights to banquet dinners, lunches, afternoon teas, cocktail parties and product launches.Delegates were impressed by notable keynote speakers including 7:30 Report presenter and author Leigh Sales, television and radio news presenter Lee Lin Chin, mathematician and Australian of the Year ‘Local Hero’ Eddy Woo and athlete, Paralympian and media personality Dylan Alcott. SMC also welcomed several VIP government officials who made their presence felt including former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and a coterie of ministers from the corridors of power. As the seat of Sydney’s Masonic community, SMC hosted 250 Lodge meetings, 180 Masonic dinners and welcomed 4,400 Masons.  

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To share an idea of the variety and scope of events booked at SMC, some of the memorable ones included Launch Festival - the world’s largest startup festival, which returns to SMC June 2019, and the Women in Real Estate conference. Advances in medicine and the latest research were showcased at the Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference, the inaugural Junior Doctors Conference and the Australasian Student Surgical Conference. On the cultural front, Netherlands Kingsday drew together the Australian-Dutch community in a sea of orange finery and Sing Out Sydney the community choir spectacular was a roaring success in the Grand Lodge where 500 singers joined together for a resounding finale of John Farnham’s You’re The Voice. If you wish you’d been there, you can enjoy it here.

“As the Christmas season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our business. It’s been quite a year for us all!” recalls general manager Paul Davison.

The Christmas spirit of goodwill and generosity extends year-round at SMC with community and a culture of giving at the heart of everything they do. According to Davison, ‘Our Community’ is one of the five pillars that supports SMC's mission. This pillar is underpinned by the Masonic values of integrity, honesty and diversity that guide SMC in its business conduct. Our Community is about supporting one another and enabling individuals and organisations to meet and interact together in the heart of the CBD. 

“Our Community Pillar encompasses everyone we work and partner with to provide services and value to our clients, delegates and our broader community,” he explains.  “As well as supporting equal opportunity and diversity within the workplace for staff, SMC has developed long lasting, positive relationships with other events and hospitality related organisations to ensure that the wider business community benefits from the significant number of, and range of national and international events held at the SMC.” 

Importantly, SMC strongly believes in giving back to the community by assisting or partnering with a number of industry bodies and culturally aligned organisations through sponsorships, providing in-kind support and lending their expertise and experience. Organisations that benefit from this support include cultural organisations, Masonicare, the Catholic Mission, Youth groups, not for profits, training organisations and many more.  

In 2018, SMC sponsored the Meetings and Events Association’s training and continued its involvement in the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards whose purpose is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.

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Looking forward, SMC is sponsoring one of the first events to be held in the newly renovated SMC on 11th May 2019. The not-for-profit Wrap with Love invites all volunteers who would like to knit, crochet or sew up wraps for those in need in Australia and around the world, to join in the Knit-in.

According to Diana Whitton of Wrap with Love, there are millions of people in the world suffering extreme cold. Wrap with Love began in 1992 with the idea to help as many people as possible by providing warm ‘Wraps’ to ward off hypothermia and in the past 26 years the charitable organisation has sent more than 450,000 Wraps to people in over 75 countries, including Australia, with the help of hundreds of hardworking and generous volunteers.

“The upcoming Knit-in is a chance for the community of knitters and crocheters to come together, share their skills and delight in helping other people. Participants will have a chance to learn from one another and hear more about the work of Wrap with Love. The opportunity to be in the city at a first-class venue at SMC means we can extend the welcome to many more people on the day. We expect this will be our biggest Knit-in ever, which means more wraps to warm more people. If that’s the case, it will be a heart-warming achievement and we are so grateful for the generous support of SMC”.

Paul Davison and the SMC team share their festive wishes, “We hope that 2018 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues and your loved ones. We look forward to working with you next year, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

Festive season reminder: The SMC office is closed from noon on Friday 21 December 2018 and will re-open for bookings and enquiries from Monday 7 January 2019, even though the centre itself will be closed for renovations until May.

Audio Visual and Broadband Internet



In the Grand Lodge and Banquet Hall, the installation of new Panasonic 12,000 lumen laser light source data projectors deliver crystal clarity, brightness and resolution that is ideal for video and film screenings as well as all highlighting the granular detail in speakers’ presentations.


Throughout the building, new digital mixing consoles, concert quality Martin Audio public address systems, wireless microphone technology and lecturns are all welcome improvements for presenters and performers.

Hearing assistance has also been augmented throughout the venue via wired hearing loops and infrared assisted listening systems.


A newly installed intelligent architectural lighting system allows for lights to be easily and precisely programmed for different functions. Perimeter RGB shadow lighting allows for different colour combinations and mood lighting states. Importantly, feature walls are augmented with gallery-style wall washer lights that highlight artworks and exhibition content. House lighting throughout the foyers and meeting rooms has been upgraded to second generation LEDs for improved light output and energy efficiency. When SMC re-opens, event organisers will simply use touch screens to select options to light their presenters and performers, add stage washes and special effects as well as change the room ambience. Depending on the style of each event, and if needed, SMC’s AV technicians can also control all lighting from one central location.


New rigging infrastructure provides added flexibility and the advantage of quick turnarounds when re-setting rooms for different styles of events. A motorised truss in the Banquet Hall and new centrally placed ceiling motors allow for rigging special effects including giant chandeliers and mirror balls. These staging devices and capabilities mean that event organisers have the option to restyle the same room from conference mode to gala mode with ease and efficiency.


When it comes to online access, SMC recognises fibre-optic internet connection as the industry standard. Taking this standard seriously, SMC has invested in an enterprise level fibre-optic backbone and has the capability of providing fast, secure connections reaching speeds of up to 1000 mpbs both up and down, and can accommodate private premium networks. This is ideal for live streaming and delegates making use of digital applications and social media. SMC also offers free Wi-Fi throughout the entire venue for guests and a cabled in connection in every room is possible. Event organisers simply select a connectivity plan to suit their requirements.


Whatever the emphasis and creative composition of your event, SMC is now technologically equipped to deliver events aligned with your strategic goals and convey the messages you want to get across.


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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


Located within a stone’s throw of the venue are a range of quality affiliated hotels that makes SMC an attractive option to organisers hosting delegates for multi-day events.

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


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Sydney University Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference

Event Highlights

Date: 5-9 March 2018

Event Type: International Conference

Delegates: 350

Key achievements: Fully flexible venue use, high speed, large-volume internet usage and special requests.


The Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK) was held for the first time in Australia in March 2018. Sydney University brought the event to Australia after a winning the bid to host the conference.

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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


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


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


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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