The Bastow building at 603 Queensberry Street in North Melbourne was designed by Henry Bastow - one of Victoria’s foremost architects of civil and public buildings and our namesake - as State School No. 307 in the 1880s.
In 2012, the building was meticulously restored and redeveloped and is now used as learning spaces for our courses and for public hire.
Hire a learning space
When our learning spaces are not being used for our courses, they are available to Department of Education and Training (the Department) staff, community groups and businesses for hire.
Our learning spaces are ideal for meetings, workshops, conferences, lectures and presentations. We also have an informal open area for standing events, and a large outdoor space with tiered seating. The whole building is also available for events that need multiple spaces.
The informal spaces - Plato Terrace, Pathway of Learning and Teachers' Lounge - can be used when you hire a formal learning space (subject to availability), or can be each be hired separately.
We also have a second building at 582 Queensberry Street with additional learning spaces for Bastow and Department staff.
All the spaces at 603 Queensberry Street are wheelchair accessible and there is lift access to the second level.
All our learning spaces have audiovisual and IT equipment, including interactive whiteboards, projection screens, video conferencing and WiFi access.
How to book a learning space
Our learning space hire is a not-for-profit service and the rates cover staff, administrative and maintenance costs. We offer subsidised rates to community groups and Department staff.
Our spaces are in high demand and Bastow's courses and events have priority.
Spaces can be hired for a half day or full day between 8 am and 9 pm (they are generally more available after 5 pm and on weekends).
When you book a space, you also need to book and pay for:
- technical support (except for Dewey Common) including audiovisual and IT set-up and support, and well as video conferencing set-up and monitoring at $90 per hour (minimum 4 hours)
- administration assistance including reception attendance, security and emergency assistance for after-hours and weekend bookings at $50 per hour (minimum 4 hours)
- any catering and products.
You can pay by credit card, EFTPOS, BPAY or bank transfer (no cash or cheques).
Bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance, however, we reserve the right to cancel the booking up to 1 month before the date to accommodate changes in our course schedule.
To make a booking or find out more, contact us on 8199 2900 or email@example.com
Syndicate spaces 1 and 2 are ideally suited for break-out activities and small group workshops or meetings. They feature the perfect balance between the building’s rich architectural history and all the advantages of the contemporary refurbishment and state-of-the-art digital technology.
Syndicate spaces 1 and 2 are two partitioned spaces that accommodate 18 people seated cabaret style, and syndicate spaces 3 and 4 make up one open space for 42 people seated cabaret style.
Syndicate spaces 1 and 2
Community and Department rate: $288 (half day) and $480 (full day)
Corporate rate: $648 (half day) and $1080 (full day)
Syndicate spaces 3 and 4
Community and Department rate: $403.20 (half day) and $672 (full day)
Corporate rate: $907 (half day) and $1512 (full day)
e5 Studio is ideal for smaller workshops or meetings for 24 people seated cabaret style. This state-of-the-art studio space is designed to support observation activities and is fully equipped with an observational booth and recording and editing facilities.
Community and Department rate: $240 (half day) and $400 (full day)
Corporate rate: $540 (half day) and $900 (full day)
With space for up to 42 people seated cabaret style, the Dewey Common is a flexible, light-filled contemporary space located on the ground floor. Perfect for all day workshops and interactive learning.
Community and Department rate: $480 (half day) and $800 (full day)
Corporate rate: $1080 (half day) and $1800 (full day)
The Bastow Theatre is an outstanding location for plenary sessions, lectures, presentations and conferences, featuring comfortable, executive-style seating for 100.
Three main displays, built-in desk microphones and multi-channel surround sound, allows for video conferencing between other learning spaces.
Community and Department rate: $960 (half day) and $1600 (full day)
Corporate rate: $2160 (half day) and $3600 (full day)
The Teachers’ Lounge is a spacious, light-filled area located on the first floor. Great for breakouts, the lounge is a more informal learning space.
It accommodates 24 participants seated cabaret style and features a large format touch screen and audio, with access to stored media and the internet.
Community and Department rate: $230.40 (half day) and $384 (full day)
Corporate rate: $518.40 (half day) and $864 (full day)
The Plato Terrace is a unique outdoor auditorium complete with tiered seating for up to 50 people. Tables and benches also make it the perfect location for breaks and lunch. This space can be used when you hire other spaces.
Pathway of Learning
The Pathway of Learning is a large foyer area on the ground floor that is ideal for participant registration and for breaks. This space can be used when you hire other spaces.
(582 Queensberry Street)
The Orange Room is a large learning space that can seat up to 60 participants cabaret style. It is ideal for all day workshops and interactive professional learning. (Only available to Department staff.)
Department rate: $576 (half day) and $960 (full day)
(582 Queensberry Street)
The Green Room is a flexible learning space that can seat up to 40 participants. It is ideal for all day workshops and interactive professional learning. (Only available to Department staff.)
Department rate: $384 (half day) and $640 (full day)
Self-catering is generally not allowed. However, you can serve your own food and drinks in the Pathway of Learning and Plato Terrace for after-hours and weekend bookings, under the strict condition the space is cleaned and left in the same condition it was found.
For day bookings, we offer morning and afternoon tea packages that can be enjoyed in the Pathway of Learning and Plato Terrace.
- Morning and afternoon tea including tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and mixed nuts: $15 per person*
Lunch vouchers to the value of $15 for selected local cafes: $17.50 per person*
*Includes administration cost
We also offer quality products with Bastow branding.
- Pens: $2 each
- Water bottles: $8.50 each