As we enter a new decade, SMC hopes everyone has had a safe and smooth start to 2020. For those who have been adversely affected by the devastating bushfires, storms and travel bans, know that SMC, its owners, the Freemasons of NSW and ACT, and their charity Masonicare have a Disaster Relief program providing much needed financial assistance and other support to communities. 

Now that the business year is well underway and SMC’s multi-million dollar renovations are complete, it’s a perfect time to see how the centre’s transformation is making it easy for event owners. 

Thursday 5 March marks the occasion of SMC’s Venue Showcase. General Manager Paul Davison and Director of Sales Scott Cooper extend a warm invitation to associations and business events professionals to explore the luxurious interiors of all 13 refreshed event spaces and get a taste of the world-class catering, creativity and customer service excellence for which SMC is renowned. 

Running from 4-7pm, attendees can choose to stop by briefly or enjoy the full Venue Showcase with expert guided tours, presentations of the services and facilities as well as an unprecedented opportunity to meet industry suppliers who will be activating inside SMC’s spaces. 

According to Paul, “The Venue Showcase is our first chance to really engage with the broader events industry and show off everything that makes SMC unique. It’s a great opportunity for event organisers to come and see how SMC is perfectly positioned to be their first-choice venue for conferences, meetings and events in Sydney’s CBD.” 

By grouping spaces into seven different zones and theming each one, the SMC team cleverly demonstrates the flexibility of its spaces and the diverse styles of functions, events, meetings and exhibitions that can be held within its monumental walls. 

Entering from 279 Castlereagh St, discover the magnificent Marble Foyer set up in cocktail mode with a make-your-own poké bowl station, a pop-up bar running espresso martini-making masterclasses and live music setting the scene for memorable occasions. 

While sampling delicious prawns, freshly-shucked oysters and fine sparkling wines, it is easy to envisage your next gala or awards ceremony in the Banquet Hall as it shimmers with programmable event lighting and an intelligent light show. 

Meanwhile in the conference-oriented Grand Lodge, Audio Visual Services Manager Paul Noakes will lead attendees through hands-on demonstrations of SMC’s integrated audio, lights and vision showing off the ‘at the touch of a finger’ controls that event organisers can use to create the ideal ambience for different types of events. 

When it comes to entertaining guests and delegates, the SMC team can carry almost any theme through multiple spaces or separate them as desired. As an example, the Boardroom gets an Oceans 11 style makeover with blackjack tables and croupiers for the full Vegas Nights experience. Elsewhere newly renovated rooms are set for banquet breakfasts, high teas and cheese and wine tastings to give attendees a sense for the versatility of SMC’s spaces and ideas for catering options to suit all manner of events. 

The SMC team looks forward to taking you through their magnificent and unique purpose-built conference and event centre. You’ll be impressed with every aspect of the 21st century transformation of this 20th century architectural landmark. 


Book now for the SMC Venue Showcase 

4-7pm Thursday 5 March 

Come for a 30min sneak peek or enjoy the full showcase. 

Bring your business cards to be in the running for lucky door prizes. 

Bookings essential.

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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