Inclusion enriches our lives. When we enjoy the arts together we reflect our diverse community and its different cultures, ages, abilities and ways of being in the world.

The Deep Dive Artists' Lab

The Deep Dive artists' lab was an exploration of creative difference, sharing the art, arts practices and creative processes of some of Australia's leading neurodiverse artists and allies.

Media Coverage: The art of neurodiversity, All In The Mind ABC RN

A progressive and robust dialogue… and a hopeful one for inclusion in our world...

Nadja Kostich
Artistic Director, St Martins Youth Arts Centre

Download Neurodiversity by Jill Bennet

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Relaxed Performance

Arts Centre Melbourne is committed to offering a captivating program of inclusive performances—accessible for everyone—by some of the best Australian and international companies. Relaxed performances are one of the ways we present theatre that is welcoming for everyone. Arts Centre Melbourne in collaboration with Melbourne Theatre Company presented a relaxed performance of the internationally acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Hansel and Gretel relaxed performance – a Victorian first

Leading Victoria in creating ‘relaxed’ theatre and performance environments.

The Bamboozle Approach (UK) – Industry Development

Internationally acclaimed Bamboozle Theatre Company's (UK) exceptional approach to making theatre specifically for children and young people with complex, multiple disabilities was shared with Australian independent artists, teachers and theatre makers led by Christopher Davies, Creative Director Bamboozle Theatre Company (UK).

... Journey to shift our 'access' conversation

Inclusive programming is one of the many journey’s Arts Centre Melbourne is on to welcome everyone feel welcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Companion Card has been developed by the Victorian Network on Recreation and Disability (VICNORD) and admits carers to shows as complimentary guests. Arts Centre Melbourne welcomes holders of this card to attend the many events on offer.

Although Arts Centre Melbourne car park has plenty of accessible spaces, it's still best to arrive early when possible. Holders of a valid Disabled Persons Parking Permit can also pre-reserve Valet parking at a specially discounted rate to the standard price.
All Arts Centre Melbourne venues contain accessible seating for those with access requirements and their companions, and can be booked in person at Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office or on 1300 182 183

Our theatres are accessible via lifts in both the Theatres Building and Hamer Hall, and during show times we have an usher available to assist anyone with access needs to their seats. Both buildings also have multiple accessible toilet facilities. Assistance animals are welcome in all our theatres.

Assisted-listening devices for use in all seats of Arts Centre Melbourne venues (plus on Guided Tours and for meetings) are available free of charge. These devices use standard headphones or connect with hearing aids via a neck loop. Please speak to our staff when you arrive for assistance with obtaining these devices.

Braille is used in the lifts, as well as other areas of Arts Centre Melbourne. Other services including Captioning, Tactile Tours and AUSLAN interpretation are available for selected performances. Vision Australia provides Audio Description and Tactile Tours of selected performances.

Wheelchairs can be booked for use in our buildings through the Welcome Desk on (03) 9281 8298.

For any other access questions, Arts Centre Melbourne's Disability Access Manager would love to chat with you during office hours on (03) 9281 8503.
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