“Sitting beneath one of our city’s great symbols – our magnificent Spire – Arts Centre Melbourne is both a defining Melbourne landmark and Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts centre.
For over 30 years, we have played a leading role in showcasing the best local and international performing arts. We are host and partner to the national and state music, opera, theatre and dance companies, together with local companies, festivals and a multitude of commercial partners.”
Accessibility InformationMobility accessibility features:
- Lift access to all levels
All our venues are accessible from street level and the Arts Centre Melbourne car park by wheelchair, with lifts operating between levels in both the Theatres building and Hamer Hall. Spaces are available at all events, including many events at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, subject to availability.
Please call our contact centre on 1300 182 183 for assistance with booking wheelchair accessible seating/spaces.Vision accessibility features:
- Audio description services
Vision Australia offers a free audio description service and tactile tours for selected performances. Please phone (03) 9864 9222 for more details.Hearing accessibility features:
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system
- Sign language assistance or interpretation services
"A hearing system is available in all Arts Centre Melbourne venues*. The system utilises an FM signal, providing coverage to all seats in the venues via headphones or neck-loops available from the venue ushers. This system can also be used for guided tours and small meetings in our buildings."
*At this stage, the Pavilion is not currently set up for assistive hearing.
"Auslan-interpreted performances for Deaf visitors who use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication occur at various times throughout the year, with experienced interpreters standing to the side of the stage translating what performers are saying or singing."
Highly Visual Performance
"Some shows are highly visual, with little or no spoken word, and therefore suitable for students who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speak a language other than English. Where available, the symbol will indicate the degree of visual elements in the show. Please note that there is often sound composition throughout live performances."Autism/Sensory accessibility information:
"Relaxed performances welcome children with disability, sensory and learning challenges to the theatre. The production is designed to be "relaxed" with lowered lighting and sound at certain points in the show.
Theatre doors remain open, a quiet area is available and a social story can be downloaded before you visit. The atmosphere is non-judgemental and noisy enthusiasm is embraced, so young audience members are able to be themselves with friends, family and carers."