About Us

The Ballarat Hackerspace is modeled on an international community of like minded spaces that started in Germany back in 1995. It supports and encourages Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics culture in the Ballarat region by providing a physical space for residents to meet, interact, create and innovate.


The Ballarat Hackerspace is a registered non-profit volunteer run organisation. We are entirely funded by our members and the generous donations of our sponsors. If you would like to support the work of the Ballarat Hackerspace Association to help with the running costs of the Hackerspace (e.g. rent, consumables, workshops, etc.) then any donation would be gladly accepted and put to good use!

Donations to the association can be made via bank deposit to:

Account Name: Ballarat Hackerspace Inc
BSB : 193-879
Account No: 468 349 494

Or you can donate Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash to the following address:


If instead of money you have time to donate then please contact us.

The Timetable

To satiate public curiosity and accessibility we are open for walk-ins at the following times:

Day Open Times
Monday - All Welcome 6pm – 9pm
Tuesday - All Welcome 4pm – 9pm
Wednesday - Women and family/friends 6pm – 9pm
Saturday - All Welcome 9am – 3pm

Note: Non-probationary Workshop members have 24/7 access to the space.

The Space

We moved into our new space at Room 903, B Building, of the Federation University SMB Campus in January 2015. Please come along and check us out at our next meetup, or any time we are open. Check the calendar or the online community for opening times. If you would like to support our community please join the Ballarat Hackerspace.

You are welcome to join the IRC channel, or follow us on Twitter or Google+


Before visiting the space

The space is a workshop, so we require enclosed shoes to be worn while visiting. There are rules that apply in the space for everyone’s safety & enjoyment.


Our street address is:

Room 903
B Building
107 Lydiard Street South,
Ballarat, Victoria

The Association

The Ballarat Hackerspace is a volunteer based, non-profit incorporated association (in Victoria) and follows the Rules of Association that it was founded with.

As part of this, we elect a Committee as chartered in the rules. The current committee were elected on Saturday, 9th of July, 2015.

Position Elected Representative
President Scott Weston
Vice President Robert Layton
Secretary Ian Firns
Treasurer Brett James

Code of Conduct

Ballarat Hackerspace is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of people at our events or space in any form. People violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the space or the event at the discretion of any Ballarat Hackerspace member.

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