The festive season is always a great time to rejoice and reflect on the year that was. Being the end of 2019, we’ll also bid farewell to the decade as we usher in the 2020s.


2019 marked the Centre’s 40th anniversary. It was 1979 when the doors to the landmark building designed by architects Joseland and Gilling were opened and Sydney’s first purpose-built conference centre was incepted. SMC’s first function was an International Masonic Festival attended by thousands of Freemasons from around the world.

For trivia buffs, in 1979 Margaret Thatcher was elected as Prime Minister in the UK; the Sony Walkman revolutionised portable music; Pink Floyd released the multi-award-winning concept album The Wall; and Voyager 1 returned images of Jupiter’s rings. In Australia, then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser proclaimed the first section of The Great Barrier Reef as a National Park; the American space station Skylab crashed in Esperance WA; cinema-goers were thrilled by Mad Max; and Prisoner debuted on television’s 0-10 Network. 

Fast forward four decades and SMC now hosts more than 700 events a year and welcomes approximately 200,000 guests and delegates annually at events ranging from breakfast meetings to board meetings, international conferences, award ceremonies and galas, exhibitions and expos, formal dinners and cocktail parties.

SMC’s 40th anniversary is an auspicious time for the multi-million-dollar renovation that has transformed the Centre. In less than a year, SMC and global business solutions group Incorp refurbished all interior spaces with a luxurious palette that respects and revitalises the original architec ture. State-of-the-art audio visual systems and technologies including architectural lighting solutions were integrated throughout to deliver a future-facing function EquinoxMarch2016LR 112 1centre. Now event organisers have control at the touch of a button as well as uncompromising one-to-one support from their event manager and the AV/tech team.

After re-opening in May to industry acclaim, SMC has hosted over 400 events including;  

  • Catholic Mission 2019
  • Thai Night Markets 2019
  • Australasian Lymphology Association 2
  • Milantrace 2019
  • Mumbrella Sports Marketing Awards
  • NSW Health Promotion Annual Forum
  • NNPDSC Annual Conference for Clinical Innovation
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  • Air Quality National Standards Consultation Conference
  • Sydney IMPACTFest
  • Lightbox Radiology Education 2019
  • Create NSW l Resilience to Thrive
  • Disability Summit
  • Institute of Tech Ed Conference 2019
  • Arbitrator Conference 2019
  • Microsoft OpenHack

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Earlier this month, the new Level 4 ‘Conference Centre within the Centre’ was officially launched. SMC Management were joined by 65 VIPs including clients, industry associates and media as well as the Grand Lodge Trustees and the Grand Master of NSW and ACT.

After welcoming everyone and thanking all for their support, General Manager Paul Davison handed over to the Grand Master for his speech and the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Once formalities concluded in the Remington Room, guests could move through the Northcott Room and other spaces on Level 4 that were set up in different configurations showcasing the diversity and versatility of each.

Food and beverage excellence is an essential part of every event at SMC and the Level 4 Launch was no exception. In true festive spirit, Mistletoe Margaritas were the specialty elixir of the evening. SMC’s mixologists paired Tequila and Cointreau with whiteSMC 0096 resized cranberry juice garnished with redcurrants and rosemary for a Christmas cocktail to remember. Guests also enjoyed canapes and concocting their own poké bowls.


The whole team at SMC would like to thank their client base for their continued support and would like to wish them a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year. We are looking forward to welcoming out clients back in 2020 to the new and refurbished spaces and, to enjoy the outstanding products and services. It just has to be SMC!  


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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