Join a Lab

All Labs are organised locally and applications are made directly to a Lab nearest to you. Some Labs are associated with larger organisations who manage or auspice The Lab, and some Labs are organised by individuals or small groups of parents or carers in their local area.

Select from the list of locations below to identify The Lab nearest to you. Once you have identified the Lab location click the Join a Lab button to access the registration form. Please select the appropriate location on the form for your registration. Using this form your query will go directly to the Lab you select.
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The Mt Gambier Lab will commence sessions in the near future.

For further information please use the ‘Apply to Join a Lab’ link at the bottom of this page. Your details will be registered with the Mt Gambier Lab and someone will be in touch shortly.

The Lab on the Gold Coast commenced in February 2015.

The Lab sessions are held at Unit 1, Gallery Vie, 220 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes.

The Lab is currently running two sessions per week:
Saturday – 11.00am – 1.00pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm

The cost is $18.00 per session, payable at the beginning of each school term.

For further information please use the application form at the bottom of this page or contact the Gold Coast Lab at goldcoast@thelab.org.au

This is the only Lab to open in the Brisbane region. First term commences on 30th January, 2017.

Sessions run at the following times:

Monday
4:30pm – 6:30pm

Wednesday
4:30pm – 6:30pm

The cost is $20 per session, payable at the beginning of school term. This covers the cost of our mentors, who are professional programmers, graphic designers, 3d modelers and animators.

Please use the application form linked below to send an expression of interest in joining the Virginia Lab. The organiser of this Lab will then confirm details with you.

For any enquiries, please contact Dylan at dylanhb@gmail.com

The Bega Lab has been running since February 2016 and is open to participants aged 8-18 years.

Session times are Tuesdays during school terms from 4 to 6pm.

We acknowledge the ongoing support of the Bega Valley Library and Scott Baker (Programs and Partnerships Officer) as well as WorkAbility Bega.

Please use the application form linked at the bottom of this page to register for these sessions.

If you have any questions about this Lab please contact bega@thelab.org.au

The Cooma Lab will commence on Thursday, 27 April 2017 and is open to participants aged 8-18 years.

Cooma Lab sessions will be Thursdays during school terms from 4 to 6pm.

Please use the application form linked at the bottom of this page to register for these sessions.

Session fees are $15. (NDIS fees will apply where Lab participants choose The Disability Trust as Lab service provider.)

If you have any questions about this Lab please contact cooma@thelab.org.au

The Lab Hornsby opened in October 2012.

Originally the intention was to support a group of 10 young people in the program.

The demand we experienced convinced us to increase the numbers,  and we now run two sessions each Saturday morning, enabling up to 30  young people to participate.

Hornsby RSL  generously provide a room in which we hold The Lab Hornsby.

The sessions are facilitated by Just Better Care Hills District, a local Hornsby / Baulkham Hills area provider of in-home support for disabled and frail aged residents.

We have a team of five mentors who support our participants  with guidance and technical expertise.

Saturday sessions are of one and a half hours duration (0900 to 1030 and 1030 to 1200).

For further information, or to register for The Lab Hornsby, please email thelabhornsby@justbettercare.com  or call (02) 9484 8788.

This is the second Lab to open in the Sydney region. The Lab will be held at Fighting Chance Australia, Frenchs Forest, each Saturday morning during term time. The Lab is open to participants aged 10 – 18 years.

The Lab Northern Beaches is grateful for the support we have received from Dee Why RSL.

Enquiries to thelab@fightingchance.org.au

The Burwood (Vic) Lab will operate from Term 4, 2016.

The Lab will run one session per week, Sunday 11-1pm (commencing October 23rd)

Commencing Term 1 in 2017 there will be an additional session on Sunday 1.30 – 3.30pm

Please use the application form linked at the bottom of this page to register for these sessions.
If you have any questions about this Lab please contact burwoodvic@thelab.org.au

The Croydon Lab will commence in early 2017 with sessions offered on a Thursday afternoon/evening.
For more details please contact the Croydon Lab via the application form linked below.

The Dromana Lab is managed by Autism After Hours Activities (AAHA) an organisation running recreational activities for people living with Autism including Aspergers.

The Lab Program is delivered in partnership with The Lab.

Our current session times are Wednesday, 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Dromana Community House, 15 Gibson Street, Dromana.

Please register on AAHA’s web site: www.aaha.com.au

The Lab Ferntree Gully runs sessions on Wednesdays 4 – 6pm for 9 – 15 year olds
The Lab is at: 22 Willow Rd, Upper Ferntree Gully

The cost is $20 per session ($15 concession) payable by the term

Contact No: 9758 7081

The Lab Footscray is currently running the following sessions;

Wednesday
Social Session
4.30pm – 6.30pm

Thursday
Technical Session
4.30pm – 6.30pm

Saturday
Social Session
11.30am – 1.30pm
Social Session
1.30pm – 3.30pm

The cost is $20 per session, payable each school term.

This covers the cost of mentors who are professional programmers and software designers.

The Lab has operated in Frankston since October 2013 and was established with support from the Frankston MetroAccess project,  a partnership between the Department of Human Services and Frankston City Council.

The Frankston Lab is located at the Karingal Neighbourhood House computer room, Karingal Place, 103 Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston.
Entry is via the car park on the left of the building. (Map link: http://goo.gl/gC299z )

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop – there is a limited supply of desktops available.

We are currently running the following sessions:

Tuesday
4:30pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday
10am – 12 noon

The cost is $20 per session, payable each school term. Your payment covers the cost of the room rental and the mentors, who are professional programmers and software designers.

The Frankston Lab regularly runs trial sessions for newcomers during school holidays.

If you have a young person who is interested in joining The Lab Frankston please fill out our online application form and we will let you know when places become available.

We are planning to start new sessions on other days of the week and weekend, so if you cannot attend on Tuesdays please still consider registering your interest. Places in existing and new groups will be offered in order of date of registration.

If you have a query please contact – frankston@thelab.org.au

For those looking to get a laptop for their child, here are some recommendations of what to look for;
Cheaper/Short Term (2 years)

CPU: i3-i5
Ram: 4GB+
Graphics card: Intel/AMD would suffice.
Hard Drive:  500GB+

Longer term (4 years)

CPU: i5-i7
Ram: 8GB+
Graphics card: nVidia or ATI Radeon
Hard Drive:  1TB

The Lab Geelong was established in March 2013.

It is located at 74-78 Mckillop Street And Yarra Street Geelong, Greater Geelong City, Victoria.

The cost is $20 per session. This covers the cost of our mentors, who are professional programmers, graphic designers, 3d modellers and software designers.

The Lab Geelong is thankful for the support of Just Better Care.

The Lab Geelong currently runs the following sessions;

Wednesday
Social Session
5:00pm-7:00pm

Friday
Social Session
5:00pm-7:00pm

Saturday
Social Session
9.30am-11.30am

Saturday
Social Session
11.30am-1.30pm

The Lab Kyneton is currently running the following session;

Wednesday
Social Session
5.00pm – 7.00pm

The cost is $20 per session. At the moment the fee is payable per session on the night.

This covers the cost of mentors who are professional IT programmers and software designers.

The Lab session is hosted by Windarring at their premises :

58 Mollison St, Kyneton VIC 3444 .

Enter via the rear car park.

The Leopold Lab will run a session on Wednesdays from 5pm – 7pm.

The Lab Reservoir is located at The Reservoir Neighbourhood House. Following on from the Digital Enterprise Project, passionate staff and participants were eager to continue its success.

Sessions run every Saturday during the Victorian school term for two hours. There is a morning session at 10am-12:00pm and an afternoon session at 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Sessions are semi-structured with the term 2 program focusing on content creation. Participants are welcome to explore the topic of the day, or let us know what you’re interested in and our dedicated mentors will be more than happy to guide you along.

Term fees are payable at the beginning of the term.
Please contact digital@reservoirnh.org.au for further details.

The Lab Torquay was established in August 2015.

It is located at Spring Creek Community House. 14 Price St, Torquay VIC 3228

The cost is $20 per session. This covers the cost of our mentors, who are professional programmers, graphic designers, 3d modellers and software designers.

The Lab Torquay runs a social session – Monday, 4:30pm-6:30pm

The Hobart Lab is not currently running but should be back in the future. If you are interested in joining please drop us a note on the contact form.