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

Can I pop in at any time?
Until we return to holding physical events in March 2021, our building is currently closed to the public.

There are two areas open to the public: the Writers Victoria and The Moat café and restaurant. All other areas of the Centre are office and workshop/meeting spaces for the Centre management and resident organisations, open from 9.00am to 5:00pm on weekdays.

You will be required to check-in via QR code if planning a visit to the Wheeler Centre.

Are you a part of the State Library?
We're based in the south wing of State Library Victoria, an organisation with which we have a natural affinity, although we are not part of the library. (The library can't be accessed through our building.)

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.

How does the Wheeler Centre approach programming, diversity and inclusion?
Programming events and publishing involves much unseen work and deliberate decision-making at every stage. Considered thought goes into every conversation we present; matching the very best speakers and interviewers is central to what we do.

Across all of our work, we’re committed to including and elevating voices and ideas from people of all backgrounds – we believe it’s crucial to the depth and relevance of public conversation. We strive to demonstrate this commitment across our full complement of events, projects and publishing.

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.