Venue Hire FAQs


Hiring meeting rooms and event spaces at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts is easy, affordable, and convenient. Listed here are answers to common questions about hiring meeting rooms and event spaces at SMSA.

For detailed information on the conditions of hire at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, please refer to our Venue Hire Terms and Conditions.

Our Venue Hire Co-ordinator is also available to answer any questions you may have about hiring our meeting rooms and event spaces. Please contact our Venue Hire Co-ordinator on:

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Is catering available at the venue?

SMSA can assist with catering on request, covering everything from breakfasts, lunches, and morning and afternoon teas.

To enquire about our catering options and to request an order form contact our Venue Hire Co-ordinator on 02 9262 7300 or to request a no-obligation quote.

Hirers are under no obligation to use SMSA’s preferred catering service and may provide their own catering or use a third party if they wish.

All venue hire bookings with catering will incur a cleaning fee.

Please discuss your arrangements with our Venue Hire Co-ordinator prior to your event date.


Can we bring in our own catering to the venue?

Yes, at SMSA you are permitted to bring in your own catering or engage a third-party catering provider if you wish. All venue hire bookings with catering will incur a cleaning fee.

Please notify our Venue Hire Co-ordinator at the time of booking if you wish to bring your own catering.

What Kitchen facilities are available at the venue?

The Level 1 kitchen includes two large water urns, a coffee urn, a zip hot water heater, microwave, fridge, oven and a dishwasher.

The Level 3 kitchen includes a zip hot water heater, microwave and fridge. Please note that the dishwasher on Level 3 is for use by SMSA staff only.

All room hirers have free use of the kitchen on the floor they are using but are obligated to ensure that they leave it clean and tidy for the next hirer to use.

The Level 1 kitchen can be reserved for exclusive use when booking the whole Level 1 floor.

Crockery (cups, plates, cutlery) may be hired at an additional daily fee.

Can we serve alcohol at the venue?

Hirers may serve alcohol that they provide themselves, however they must ensure that Responsible Service of Alcohol is adhered to, and servers are qualified with RSA.

As per the Terms and Conditions, alcohol may not be sold on SMSA premises.

Is there WiFi Internet Access at the venue?

Internet access is available in all rooms and may be accessed via wireless connection.

Internet access is also available via the data points in each room indicated by red dots. Please bring your own network cable if using data points.

Is the venue accessible?

All venue hire rooms are accessible to patrons with lifts available to upper floors.

An accessible toilet is available on the ground floor, which opens using a standard MLAK key. If you do not have a key please come to Reception on Level 3 Mon – Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm. (NB: If you are hiring a room on the weekend and/or after office hours and require access to the accessible toilet please ensure you note this on your enquiry as a key can be made available to you for your booking).

Please note: The Henry Carmichael Theatre has one small stair up to the stage. An accessibility ramp can be made available upon request.

What equipment is available at the venue?

The Henry Carmichael Theatre is equipped with a full audio-visual set up including a data projector, projector screen, computer, lectern, roving microphones, lapel microphones, in-built video conferencing camera and sound system. This equipment is included in the venue hire.

Audio-Visual equipment for the Meeting Rooms may be hired for an additional daily fee, including data projectors, Smart screen, and a portable microphone/amp. Please indicate all equipment required on the Venue Hire Booking Form.

Flipcharts and additional whiteboards can also be available upon request. Please note that all meeting rooms have built-in whiteboards.

How much does it cost to hire the meeting rooms?

Please refer to our Venue Hire Rates document for details.

Do not-for-profit organisations receive a discount on venue hire?

Not-for-profit organisations and SMSA Members are eligible for a discount on venue hire fees. Please refer to our Venue Hire Rates document for details.

SMSA Venue Hire Terms & Conditions

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