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Preston Conference and Function Centre

The team at Melbourne Polytechnic Preston Conference Centre are here to make your next event a success. Our modern conference facility, in the heart of Preston, accommodates up to 200 people. And with our exceptional in-house catering, technology support and a dedicated event-coordinator, you can leave event-planning concerns at the door.


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Explore our Conference Centre

The conference centre can accommodate conferences, meetings or events for up to 200 people. The centre has seven meeting and syndicate rooms of varying seating capacity to suit your needs.

We offer a reception area with a large LCD screen, spacious foyers on both floors (these work well as registration and waiting areas) and on-site parking.

We have a wide range of conference and meeting rooms available.

Our location

If you’re thinking about holding your conference or function in Melbourne’s North, our location is hard to beat.

Our Conference Centre is in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Preston Campus, just 9KM north of the Melbourne CBD, and a 20-minute drive from Melbourne International Airport. We’re on the Preston Campus, but away from the main student thoroughfare, with access via Cramer Street.

Parking is available onsite, and the centre is easily accessible by public transport, with Preston train station a short 7-10 minute walk away.

Equipment for use

The centre has a range of equipment for use including:

  • Audio visual services
  • Fax / Photocopying / Scanner / Printer
  • Laptop computer and internet access
  • Lecterns and microphones
  • Overhead data projectors
  • PA system
  • Telephone facilities
  • Whiteboards
  • Flip Charts
  • ScreenBeam wireless display
  • Zoom (Video conferencing)

First-class catering

Whether you require delicious finger food for a cocktail party, a buffet lunch or elegant plated sit-down meals our talented chefs can cater for any occasion.

The centre has a large commercial kitchen, bar and servery. Nothing is too much trouble for our chefs and hospitality team. We serve fresh, nutritiously balanced food including halal meats. We are pleased to cater to special dietary requirements, so please let us know in advance if your guests have allergies we need to be aware of.

Dedicated conference coordinator

When you host an event with us, you will have the support of a dedicated conference coordinator.

Our on-site professional staff have years of experience looking after the finer details in event logistics and are here to support you right through until event day. We are pleased to work with outside suppliers (with the exception of food and beverage, which must be supplied by Melbourne Polytechnic’s in-house team). We look forward to making the vision for your next event a reality.

Disability access

The Melbourne Polytechnic Conference Centre is an accessible building for all individuals, including for people with a disability. The building is fitted with a lift and accessible toilets which include a purpose-built hoist.

Business centre

WiFi is available throughout the Conference Centre. On the Ground Floor we have a dedicated business centre with desktop computers, telephone, internet and printing facilities. Patching is available on request.

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  • Service, flexibility and comfort are the keynotes of our Centre
  • Air-conditioned with views of Melbourne city skyline
  • A dedicated Conference coordinator
  • Courtyard adjoining dining area
  • Comfortable, suede leather seats
  • First class in-house catering
  • Fully equipped and self-contained kitchen, bar and servery
  • Large dining room suitable for seated and cocktail style receptions
  • Centralised business centre with two desktop computers, telephones and printing facilities

Gerald Maynard Room

Room Sq.M Height.M Theatre U-Shaped Cocktail
Gerald Maynard Room (Main auditorium) 270m2 4m 200 60 200

The Gerald Maynard Room is our largest event space and is ideal for workshops. AGM meetings and presentations


  • Built in audio
  • Laser projector
  • Fixed stage
  • Lectern and microphone, 2 x hand held microphones and lapel microphone
  • Whiteboards
  • Direct access to bar
  • City Views



Room Sq.M Height.M Theatre Boardroom U-Shaped Banquet Cocktail
Auditorium 112m2 2.6m 44 36 90 90 120


The Auditorium is perfect for workshops, AGM’s and board meetings

  • Built in audio, data projector and data screen
  • Overhead projector via ScreenBeam, HDMI or VGA connection
  • Zoom Video Conferencing with inbuilt microphones
  • Lecterns and microphones available upon request
  • Whiteboards
  • Located on the ground floor in close proximity to bathrooms


Ellen Smiddy Room

Room Sq.M Height.M Theatre Banquet Cocktail
Ellen Smiddy Room 196m2 2.6m 100 102 120

This room is ideal as a catering space such as working lunches, cocktail finger-food, and sit-down dinners serviced by in-house catering.


  • Built in audio, data projector and data screen
  • Lectern and microphone available upon request
  • Whiteboard available upon request
  • Own bar service area
  • Bi-fold doors to access adjoining courtyard
  • Direct access to bathrooms


Syndicate Room 1 and 2

Room Sq.M Height.M Theatre Boardroom U-Shaped Banquet Cocktail
Syndicate Room 1&2     60   36 40 66
Syndicate Room 1 43m2 2.7m 30 16 26 20 40
Syndicate Room 2 42m2 2.7m 30 16 26 20 40

Syndicate Rooms 1 and 2 can be used separately or combined to create a larger space. Great for smaller workshops or breakout rooms when using one of our bigger spaces.


  • Built-in audio, data projector and data screen
  • Whiteboards


Syndicate Room 3 and 4

Room Sq.M Height.M Theatre Boardroom U-Shaped Banquet Cocktail
Syndicate Room 3&4     36   20    
Syndicate Room 3 18m2 2.7m 15 12      
Syndicate Room 4 16m2 2.7m 15 12   12 20


Syndicate Rooms 3 and 4 can be used separately or combined to create a larger space.

  • Dual LCD screens (HDMI connection for presentation)
  • Zoom Video Conferencing
  • Whiteboards

Our location

Conference Centre – Building U

Preston Campus

77 St Georges Rd, Preston Vic 3072

Ph: 03 9269 8484


Lisa Sacco, Master Builders Association Victoria

Man and women sitting at a table with laptop open

“I would highly recommend Melbourne Polytechnic (Preston) for your next event. The venue has great facilities available, and the staff, service & catering provided, always exceed our expectations. The team are friendly, efficient and thoughtful in their dealings with us, and our guests.”