Venues and access

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Arts Access Australia (AAA) promotes a human rights approach to access and inclusion and is committed to creating a space that respects rights and responsibilities.

We believe that there is a shared responsibility for creating access and inclusion, and this starts with acknowledging our personal rights and responsibilities and respecting the rights and responsibility of others.

Following is an outline of the access available at Meeting Place 2022, please advise AAA of your access requirements on registration or contact one of our friendly AAA staff at to discuss your individual requirements

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General access information

Healthy Environments: AAA aims to create a toxin, chemical and allergy free environment and requests that Meeting Place delegates refrain from wearing scented deodorant and perfumes.

Physical Access: All venues are accessible for wheelchair users and ambulant visitors. Please scroll down for physical access information for individual venues.

Easy Access: A relaxed program is offered with later morning starts where possible; low noise, low lighting and easy language is used where possible. AAA requests no flash photography.

Visual Access: Audio Description is available in program sessions as required. Large print and Braille programs will be available at Meeting Place upon request.

Audio Access: Auslan interpreting and live captioning will be available for all online sessions. Auslan interpreters will be available for all in-person events, with the exception of the walk n wheel guided tour on Saturday 8 October.

Print Access: Electronic programs and information will be available for download or can be emailed to you prior to the event. Large print and Braille programs will be available at Meeting Place upon request.

Remote Access: The first two days of the program will be fully available online. You can log on from anywhere to view the program as long as you have a stable internet connection.

Financial: Meeting Place offers free registration for companions and carers and discounted registration for people with health care cards, disability pension, or student cards. You may also be able to claim the cost of your Meeting Place ticket against your NDIS plan. Visit our grants & financial support page for more information.

Navigation & Assistance: Ask one of our friendly staff or volunteers to help you navigate the program, or the venue. You can also ask questions or request access assistance via

COVID-19: We kindly request that all in-person participants wear a mask if and when possible. Further information about the Wheeler Centre’s COVID-safe policies can be found here.

The Wheeler Centre

Meeting Place 2022 will take place online and in-person at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, Victoria.

  • The venue is located on the second floor of the Wheeler Centre building, which is accessible via a ramp as well as stairs. The front doors are automatic and are 1.41 metres wide.
  • The main room doors are 1.84 metres wide. The space is a long narrow space and chairs will be set out in rows, in a single block, with no centre aisle. The aisles on either side will be at least 1 meter wide.
  • The bathroom is 10.2 metres from the main room.
  • The floor is flat and suitable for most wheelchairs and other mobility aids. There are no internal stairs in the foyer area or in the main room.
  • Assistance animals are welcome (drinking water provided on request).
  • The Wheeler Centre operates a hearing loop, which allows patrons who are wearing a hearing aid to tune in to the frequency of the venue.
  • A quiet space is available to all attendees on Level 3, courtesy of Writers Victoria. Lights can be dimmed on request. Please ask staff for access if and when required.
  • The accessible/gender neutral toilet in the foyer area is designated fragrance-free.


The Wheeler Centre is located at 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Go to Google Maps to view the address and directions.

There is limited on-street parking in Little Lonsdale Street. The nearest commercial carpark is at QV, which has vehicular entrances on both Little Lonsdale and Russell Streets.

The nearest train station is Melbourne Central (170 metres from the Wheeler Centre entrance). Access out of the train station is via a lift.

The nearest tram stops are:

  • Swanston Street, stop 8 outside Melbourne Central/State Library Victoria (routes 1-6, 16, 64, 67, 72). This is an accessible Tram stop, and is located 110 metres from the Wheeler Centre entrance.
  • La Trobe Street, stop 7, (routes 30, 35). This is not an accessible Tram stop, and is located 220 metres from the Wheeler Centre entrance.

The nearest bus stop is located on Russell St, near the corner of Little Lonsdale St. This stop is located 110 metres from the Wheeler Centre entrance.

A map of the streets surrounding The Wheeler Centre, showing the location of closest Tram, Train and Bus stops.


There are two metered street-side disability parking spaces available on the left-hand side of Little Lonsdale Street – accessible from the Swanston Street end – roughly 25 metres from the Wheeler Centre’s wheelchair access ramp. These spaces are 2 hours between 7.30am-8.30pm, and unlimited outside of these hours.

There are three additional spaces on LaTrobe Street, outside the Mr Tulk cafe.

A map showing the location of disabled parking spots around the State Library of Victoria

The footpaths on Little Lonsdale Street are quite narrow, and are on a slight slope, but are flat and well-surfaced. The footpaths are 1.4 metres wide at the narrowest point.

Description of accessing the Wheeler Centre

Visit the Wheeler Centre website for a detailed audio description, written description and video of entering and accessing the Wheeler Centre.

Food and Drink

  • Drinking water is available in the foyer.
  • Food and other drinks will not be provided at the venue.
  • You are welcome to bring your own hot or cold food and non-alcoholic drink.
  • Tobacco and unlawful drugs are not permitted to be used at the venue. You cannot bring your own alcohol to the venue.
  • Food and drinks are available to purchase at nearby cafes and restaurants.
    • The QV Building is located across Little Lonsdale St from The Wheeler Centre and contains several food outlets on Level 1 and Level 2. Access for those with mobility issues is:
      • Descend the wheelchair ramp at the front of The Wheeler Centre
      • Proceed to the pedestrian crossing at the corner of Little Lonsdale and Swanston Streets
      • Enter the QV Building district between Hype Shoes and San Churro
      • Proceed up Red Cape Lane
      • On this Level (2) of the QV Building you will find several restaurants and food outlets.
      • Alternatively, proceed to the lift to travel down to to the Level 1 foodcourt for more outlets.

A map showing the location of food outlets in the QV building

Social story

A Social Story is used to describe a situation or concept in terms of social cues, perspectives, and common responses, in order to share accurate information in a reassuring manner that can be easily understood by its target audience.

We have provided a Social Story about attending The Wheeler Centre for Meeting Place.

The Channel @ Arts Centre Melbourne

Alter State is a celebration of disability, creativity and culture. Co-presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Arts Access Victoria, Alter State is a major arts and disability event engaging artists and audiences across Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand).

In partnership with Alter State, we will be providing some events at The Channel at the Arts Centre Melbourne. To travel to this venue, you can catch any southbound tram on Swanston St (routes 1,3,6,16,67) and get off at the Arts Precinct stop (#14).

To travel between these stops is free, and you do not require a ticket as it is within Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone.

The Channel is located within the Hamer Hall venue. Follow St Kilda road back in the opposite direction that the tram traveled, heading back to the round Hamer Hall building. Follow the path around the building past the restaurant, towards the riverbank, where the entrance to The Channel Arts Centre Melbourne can be found.


You can read Alter State’s Access information here. A map showing the location of the Channel space at the Arts Centre Melbourne

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