Grand Lodge

Virtual & Hybrid Events Solutions


With COVID-19 impacting on the ability to deliver events, organisations are turning to virtual and hybrid events to keep their conferences, meetings and training agendas on track. Our Virtual Event solutions can be customised depending on budget, what level of support you require, what you are streaming and who you are communicating to. Here are five Virtual Event Solutions to get you started.

Our Sales team can prepare a proposal for you based on your preferred live stream solution to reach your “virtual attendees” and will recommend the most suitable room based on your “in person attendee” set up requirements, the AV required in room, catering for your guests will strictly adhering to the current social distancing regulations.


Simple Stream: ideal if you are running an internal meeting face to face; have some attendees offsite; want to use your own software. SMC can provide a set-and-forget-type webcam.

Create Live Stream - Robotic Camera: when you require a dedicated web technician to seamlessly switch between holding slides, presenters, presentation slides and videos; when you only need one static camera shot because you are not following a presenter across the stage; you want a high quality video resolution for the online environment. This professionally managed live stream package includes a robotic PTZ unmanned camera which means you save on the labour cost of a camera operator

Create Live Stream - Manned Camera: when you require full support from live streaming professionals including a dedicated web technician to seamlessly switch between holding slides, presenters, presentation slides, videos & other rich media; a manned camera operator to follow presenters on stage; This is professionally managed live stream with a trusted broadcast quality platform that can be embedded into any player.

ON DEMAND Studio: when zoom or teams doesn’t quite cut it, the On Demand studio provides flexible value for money solutions for professionally produced webcasts. Whether you are broadcasting to your remote audience, a hybrid, live and remote audience, or pre-recording content for later distribution and playback, On Demand studio is the perfect partner to get your message to your audience, on time, on budget – On Demand.  

Broadcast Room to Room: you have decided what version of live stream you require; because of your physical attendee numbers you need multiple rooms at the same time to accommodate everyone to social distancing; you want to broadcast what is happening in the main room to concurrent rooms



Introducing ON DEMAND Studio

In response to witnessing and experiencing that dreaded Friday the 13th 2020, the day the events industry in Australia was shaken to its core due to the industry-specific fallout of COVID-19, three industry leaders came together to create a virtual event solution. The ON DEMAND team comprising of Create Engage and SMC came together to create a solution that has now kept event professionals employed and allowed clients to continue to communicate with their audiences in a professional yet innovative manner.


ON DEMAND is a semi-permanent studio located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. This dedicated studio space is a turn key solution for creating impressive video based content and also doubles as a live broadcast studio. A truly versatile space focused on high quality content creation and communication.

ON DEMAND is a collaboration between long term industry partners Create Engage and SMC.

What to expect with ON DEMAND:

  • Located at SMC, Sydney’s newly refurbished, COVID Safe CBD venue
  • Dedicated recording studio space with the ability for multiple configurations
  • Onsite catering available for talent and crew with menu options to reduce possible cross contamination
  • Dedicated 1GB fibre internet connection
  • Onsite green room, powder room and work station facilities available
  • Meets approved social distancing and infectious control guidelines
  • Studio includes 2 x PTZ camera, 2 x wireless lapels, foldback monitor, remote presenter ready, studio lighting, coloured uplighting, onsite editing facilities, live stream ready (contact the team for any custom additions)
  • Dedicated Technicians to deliver your recording or live stream
  • Create Engage’s proven expertise in transforming your event into a virtual experience
  • Advice and guidance on best practices for online and digital communications
  • Access to Create Engage’s long-time trusted Create Live and Create Live Pro streaming platforms
  • Studio is set for recording content and broadcasting live communications

We recommend Camera Creations for your corporate photography requirements. Monique and the team are highly experienced in capturing virtual, hybrid, and live business events, offering quality imagery and a personalised service approach. CLICK HERE for more information and contact details.




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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 Location


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.


pdfSMC Accommodations Fact Sheet PDF

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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