Frequently asked

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

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.

Are you a part of the State Library?
We're 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. We proudly partner with the Library on our annual Children’s Book Festival.

Are there any employment opportunities?
Employment opportunities are advertised on this page.

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.

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.

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). For more information about donating to the Wheeler Centre, go to the Support Us part of the website.

What is the Wheeler Centre’s ABN?
Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas (trading as The Wheeler Centre) 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.