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FAQ

Which resident organisations make up The Wheeler Centre?

Do you have spaces for hire?

Can I pop in at any time?

Do I need to book for events?

Can I get something to eat or drink?

Is the Wheeler Centre fully accessible?

Where is the Centre located?

Are you a part of the State Library?

How do I get there?

Are there any employment opportunities?

Why the Wheeler Centre?

How does the Wheeler Centre deal with political issues?

Do I have to book?

What if an event is booked out?

Are donations to the Wheeler Centre tax deductible?

What is the Wheeler Centre’s ABN?

Which resident organisations make up The Wheeler Centre?

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Do you have spaces for hire?

Rooms within the Centre are available for hire. For more information about spaces for hire please contact us on 9094 7809 or reception@wheelercentre.com

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Can I pop in at any time?

There are two areas open to the public: the Writers Victoria and The Moat café. All other areas of the Centre are office and workshop / meeting spaces for the Centre management and resident organisations, open from 9am to 5:45pm on week days.

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Do I need to book for events?

The majority of events will be free or cheap. To ensure you don’t miss out on any events, it is strongly recommended that you book your seat online. Seating is not numbered. Your print at home ticket is confirmation that you have booked a seat at that event. Bookings can only be made online or purchased one hour prior to the event at the door. Events which reach capacity (ie: SOLD OUT) will be closed to further bookings on the website.

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Can I get something to eat or drink?

The Moat Café is situated below the Wheeler Centre, and offers meals and drinks prior to – and following – events at the centre. Further information can be found at The Moat’s website.

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Is the Wheeler Centre fully accessible?

Yes, there are ramps, disabled toilets and lifts making all our events fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with other mobility problems. AUSLAN interpretation is available upon request. Please contact the Wheeler Centre at reception@wheelercentre.com or phone 9094 7809 two weeks prior to the event so it can be arranged.

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Where is the Centre located?

The Wheeler Centre is located in a newly renovated wing of the State Library of Victoria on the corner of Swanston and Little Lonsdale Streets. The Wheeler Centre entrance is in Little Lonsdale Street – here’s a map to help you find it.

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Are you a part of the State Library?

We are based in the south wing of the State Library of Victoria, an organisation with which we have a natural affinity, although we are not part of the library.

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How do I get there?

The Wheeler Centre is serviced by Swanston Street trams and Melbourne Central Train station. Parking is available opposite in the QV Complex. Here's a map and more information about the venue.

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Are there any employment opportunities?

There are currently no employment opportunities available at the Wheeler Centre. Future opportunities will be advertised on the website.

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Why the Wheeler Centre?

Tony and Maureen Wheeler sold the controlling stake in their Lonely Planet Publications to BBC Worldwide in 2007 and set up the Planet Wheeler Foundation. The Foundation made a substantial donation to the new Centre, specifically to fund expanded programming.

The Wheelers started Lonely Planet Publications, a brand intrinsically linked to books, writing and ideas, on their kitchen table over 30 years ago. It went on to become one of Australia’s most successful publishing companies and one of the most recognisable in the world.

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How does the Wheeler Centre deal with political issues?

The Wheeler Centre is committed to programming events on a range of issues across the areas of literature and ideas.

In relation to programming debates and events discussing issues of major community or political interest, the Wheeler Centre is committed to making reasonable efforts to ensure that there is balance in the views presented. This may be achieved over time, across the programme, rather than necessarily within each distinct event.

Regarding the coverage of issues during a federal, state or local government election campaign, the Wheeler Centre will attempt to provide equal time and opportunity for spokespeople from the major political parties, and to facilitate a balance of political opinion.

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Do I have to book?

  • Booking is strongly recommended as many of our events book to capacity,
  • Entry to ticket holders will be prioritised until the advertised start time.
  • Most events are unallocated seatin – we recommend arriving early to secure your seat. Doors open 30 minutes before the advertised start time.
  • Late arrival may result in non-admittance or delayed admittance until an appropriate time; this may be standing room only.
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What if an event is booked out?

  • The event page on the Wheeler Centre website calendar will display a “Booked Out” sign if the event has been booked to capacity. However, changes may occur prior to the event so be sure to check back regularly.

  • If you are unable to secure a booking for a sold out free event, but are very keen to attend, we recommend trying your luck at the door. Occasionally seats remain spare because people who have booked are unable to attend.

  • For free events we take a waiting list on the door immediately prior to the event and once the event commences, we will offer spare seats to those first on the waiting list.

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Are donations to the Wheeler Centre tax deductible?

All donations of $2 and more are tax deductible and donors will be issued with a receipt. The Wheeler Centre holds both DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) and TCC (Tax Concession Charity) status and is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO).

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What is the Wheeler Centre’s ABN?

The Wheeler Centre (trading as Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas) has the ABN 97 134 682 189.

The Wheeler Centre is a Company Limited by Guarantee and is registered with the ASIC. All prices are in Australian dollars.

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