Next Wave is committed to offering a range of access services so everyone can enjoy the Festival. We believe that disability is caused by a society and environment with physical, attitudinal, communication, and social barriers. It’s our responsibility to create a festival that reduces these barriers to enable full participation by all people.

Next Wave adopts a range of initiatives that aim to reduce barriers and support our artists, venues and partners to deliver events that are accessible. We encourage you to call or email us if you have any questions about accessibility or would like to discuss your requirements with us.


Look out for these symbols throughout the printed and online program to indicate the accessibility of each event.

  • Wheelchair access
  • Audio description
  • Tactile tour
  • Auslan interpreting
  • Relaxed performance
  • Open captioning
  • This symbol indicates that audiences without a comprehensive understanding of the English language can engage with the event
  • Audio notes
  • This three-tiered rating system below may assist in deciding if an event is suitable for audiences who are Deaf or hard of hearing, or if English isn’t a primary spoken language.
  • No music or dialogue
  • Fully surtitled or minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds
  • Partially surtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds


If you would like to request information in another format please call us on (03) 9329 9422. 

Booking Tickets

All shows are General Admission, however there will be reserved seating for patrons with access requirements including those who use wheelchairs and need Auslan interpreting.

If you need assistance booking your tickets, please call (03) 9329 9422 during office hours or email and let us know about any access requirements you may have.

Companion and Carer Cards

Companion and Carer Card holders qualify for concession priced tickets. Companion Card holders also receive a complimentary ticket for their companion. To book, please call (03) 9329 9422 during office hours or email The companion ticket must be booked at the same time as the purchased ticket.

National Relay Service

We’re Relay Service friendly, and if you need you can contact us through the National Relay Service for no additional charge.

TTY USERS phone 13 36 77 then ask for (03) 9329 9422

SPEAK AND LISTEN USERS phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (03) 9329 9422

INTERNET RELAY USERS connect to the NRS ( then type in (03) 9329 9422

Using This Website

This website was created for all users to enjoy and navigate the pages easily.

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The Department of Human Services have a great guide on how to navigate websites using a keyboard, as well as how to change your font size, style and colour, depending on which browser you use. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or feedback on using this website: call (03) 9329 9422 during business hours or email


If you have any questions, feedback or would like any information in another format, please don’t hesitate to contact us by:
Phone (03) 9329 9422 during office hours

City of Melbourne Mobility Map

The City of Melbourne’s mobility map covers the central city. View access here.