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Where are you located?

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.

Use the links on individual locations listed below to access venue and session information on a local Lab.

All Labs operate independently and there may be variations in the schedule and cost of sessions between Labs.

Once you have identified a Lab near to you please register your interest by using our online registration system. Your registration will go directly to your local Lab.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of our .org.au email address, emails from The Lab will often go to your junk mail. Please check your junk mail if you are expecting confirmation of registration from The Lab. Marking mail as ‘Not Junk’ in your email app should solve this problem for future messages.

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Bankstown, NSW

The Lab at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre will commence sessions from the start of Term 3 2022 with sessions on Tuesday afternoons. A $5 registration fee is charged at commencement of each term. There are no other costs.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Bankstown Lab from the list at the top of the child registration screen.

Castle Hill, NSW

The Lab, at Museums Discovery Centre, Castle Hill , runs on Sunday Morning  from 10:30-12:30 during School Terms.

At the Museums Discovery Centre we focus on technical and creative skills, offering mentoring by experienced professional tutors in gaming, coding and media production. While providing a safe environment for social development, we strive to optimise the agency of all group members. The sessions are held in a museum setting including access to galleries displaying inspirational artefacts and collections.

There is a dedicated meeting room located next to the Lab space for parents who wish to stay on site. General entry to the museum is included.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Castle Hills Lab from the list at the top of the child registration screen.

Hornsby, NSW

The Lab Hornsby is currently not accepting new participants.
Sessions will resume as soon as possible during term 4, 2022.

To register your interest in joining the list for when sessions resume please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Hornsby Lab from the list at the top of the child registration screen.

For further information please email admin@thelab.org.au

Rhodes, NSW

The Lab, Rhodes is hosted by City of Canada Bay Libraries, and has been running since 2018.

In Rhodes we focus on technical and creative skills, offering mentoring by professionals in coding, digital design, gaming, 3D modelling, 3D printing and more. We work to create a safe environment for social development.

All sessions are run within The Connection precinct on Tuesday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm during School Terms. Parents are welcome to stay nearby in the neighbouring building, The Learning Space.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Rhodes Lab from the list at the top of the child registration screen.

Banyo, Qld

The Lab at Banyo runs sessions at 4.30pm Wednesdays and​ Thursdays at Banyo Library Meeting Room 1 during school term dates.

To register your child for the Banyo Lab please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and enter your and your child’s details. Select the Banyo Lab from the list on the top of the child registration screen.

You can contact the Banyo Lab at joshua@thelab.org.au

Gold Coast, Qld

The Lab on the Gold Coast commenced in February 2015.

The Lab sessions are held at Autism Gold Coast, Cascade Gardens, Gold Coast Highway.

The Lab is currently running four sessions per week during Queensland school terms:
Tuesday 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Saturday – 9.00am – 11.00am, 11.15am – 1.15pm & 2pm – 4.00pm.

The cost is $30.00 per session without NDIS funding and $40 with NDIS funding.

To register your child for the Gold Coast Lab please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and enter your and your child’s details. Select the Gold Coast Lab from the list on the top of the child registration screen.

You can contact the Gold Coast Lab at goldcoast@thelab.org.au

Caboolture, Qld
The Lab at Caboolture commenced in 2019. Our social/technical group sessions are held in Caboolture Library combined meeting rooms 1&2, 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture.  We accept self managed, plan managed and unfunded participants.
We are currently running one session Tuesdays weekly 4.30-6.30pm Term 2.
Term 3 we will have Tuesdays 4.30-6.30pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm.
Programs of support 1:3 group activities standard fees are $55.47/session weekday.
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Programs of support 1:3 group activities standard fees are $77.81/session Saturdays
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To register your child for the Caboolture Lab please click on the orange ‘Register’ button on this page, and enter you and your child’s details. Select the Caboolture Lab on the top of the child registration screen,
Ipswich, Qld

The Lab at EPIC Ipswich will be commencing sessions very soon.

To register your child for the Ipswich Lab please click on the orange ‘Register’ button on this page, and enter you and your child’s details. Select the Ipswich Lab on the top of the child registration screen. We’ll get back to you with session details very soon.

Virginia, Qld

The Lab at Virginia will run sessions on Monday afternoons.

To register your child for the Virginia Lab please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and enter your and your child’s details. Select the Virginia Lab from the list on the top of the child registration screen.

You can contact the Virginia Lab at joshua@thelab.org.au

Mt Gambier, SA

The Mt Gambier Lab operates at the Group Training and Employment (GTE) Building.
173 Commercial St W, Mount Gambier SA

Saturday mornings during school term dates from 9:30am – 12pm.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Mt Gambier Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Melrose Park, SA

The Melrose Park Lab operates at The Benevolent Society. Unit 1 / 34-40 Bennett Avenue, Melrose Park, SA
Sessions run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 – 6pm & Saturdays from 10am to 12pm.

• Our friendly reception team will bring you through to the LAB Hub.
• Ample parking is available on-site.
• There are some coffee shops on site, but these close between 4PM – 5PM.
• There is a Parent Café/waiting area at Reception, if you wish to stay.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Melrose Park Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Salisbury, SA

The Salisbury Lab operates in the Helen Barnes Room at the Salisbury Library. 55 John St, Salisbury, SA.
Sessions are held on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm and 1pm – 3pm.

• Enter the library and head to the Helen Barnes room at the rear of the library.
• Parking is available locally. There are both street parks or a shopping centre nearby.
• There are some coffee shops nearby.
• You can stay nearby at the library if you wish to stay.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Salisbury Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Avondale Heights, Vic

The Avondale Heights Lab will run sessions on Wednesday 4.30pm – 6.30pm at the Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre; 69 Military Rd, Avondale Heights

Sessions will run during the Victorian School terms.

The cost is $25.75 MVCC resident and $51.50 non resident per session. This covers the cost of our mentors, who are professional programmers, graphic designers, 3D modellers and software designers.

To apply and reserve a place for your child, please register by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and select the Avondale Heights from the list at the top of the child registration form

For further information please email carers@mvcc.vic.gov.au

See a program flyer here: https://thelab.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/The-Lab-T1-Flier-2022.pdf

 

 

Ballarat, Vic

Sessions are held at the Ballarat Tech School, 136 Albert St, Ballarat Central on Wednesday afternoons from 4.30 to 6.30 pm.

The cost will be $30 per session (for participants with no NDIS support) or $39 (where NDIS support is accessed) with session dates following the school term.
To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Ballarat Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.
For further information please contact ballarat@thelab.org.au

Bendigo, Vic

The Bendigo Lab is hosted by the Bendigo Tech School. Sessions are held on Wednesday afternoons from 4 – 6pm during school term dates and are offered at no cost.
For general enquiries please contact bendigotechschool@latrobe.edu.au

Please register by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Bendigo Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Caroline Springs, Vic

The Lab at Caroline Springs will commence sessions during March 2022.
To register your interest and be contacted as soon as starting details are available please register by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Caroline Springs Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Docklands, Vic

The Lab at the Docklands Library will commence sessions soon, exact date 2022 TBA. Sessions will be held on Saturday mornings from 10am – 12pm.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Docklands Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Ferntree Gully, Vic

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 $25 per session ($20 concession) payable by the term.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of
your child. Select the Ferntree Gully Lab from the list at the top of the child registration screen.

Contact No: 9758 7081

Nth Fitzroy, Vic

The Lab at Bargoonga Nganjin, Nth Fitzroy Library runs sessions from 1:30-3:30pm on Saturdays. The library is located at 182-186 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North. Bookings are essential.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Fitzroy Nth Lab from the list at the top of the child registration screen. You’ll be contacted as soon as we have more information about a start date.

Footscray, Vic

The Lab Footscray is currently not taking new enrollments. The Lab will be relocating soon and we’ll post details as soon as they are available. You can register now and we’ll provide information as soon as it’s available.

To register your interest please click on the blue Join a Lab button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Footscray Lab from the list at the top of the child registration screen.

Frankston, Vic

The Lab Frankston Vic Inc

The Lab was established in Frankston in 2013 and continues to operate with support from the Frankston City Council.

A not-for-profit association run by our members, The Lab Frankston Vic Inc moved to a new home to start 2021.

The Lab Frankston is now at Ebdale Community Hub, 20 Ebdale Street Frankston VIC 3199

DAYS & TIMES – SCHOOL TERMS ONLY

TUESDAYS
4:00 – 6:00pm
6:00 – 8:00pm

FEES
What you will pay depends on whether you have NDIS funding.The cost of a Lab session for participants WITH NDIS funding is $32.84.
This is the standard NDIS rate (($16.42 x 2 hours – slightly less than before due to no COVID fee).For participants WITHOUT NDIS funding, the session fee will remain at $25 per session.
Two siblings. e.g. a brother and sister, without funding, will be charged a combined weekly fee of $40.
We request a single payment to cover the weeks of each school term. Your payment covers the cost of room rental, our paid mentors, insurance, bookkeeping and consumables.

A $10 admin applies to the total term fee for NDIS-funded participants.

To register your interest please click on the REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Frankston Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

We are planning to start new sessions on other days and times, so if you cannot attend current sessions, please contact us by emailing:  frankston@thelab.org.au

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop or other device. A limited number of loan laptops are available.

For those looking to purchase a laptop, 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

Geelong, Vic

The Lab Geelong was established in March 2013.

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

The Lab Geelong currently runs the following sessions;

Wednesday
5:00pm-7:00pm

Friday
5:00pm-7:00pm (session for mature age participants, 16+)

Saturday
9.30am-11.30am

Saturday
11.30am-1.30pm

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Geelong Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Greensborough, Vic

Greensborough Lab will run one session per week during Term 1, 2021.
Wednesday from 3 February until 24 March
4:00pm to 6:00pm

There is no cost to participate in The Greensborough Lab.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Greensborough Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Highett, Vic

The Lab Highett operates from the Highett Neighborhood Community House at 2 Livingstone St, Highett.
Sessions currently run on Wednesdays from 4.30 – 6.30pm during school terms.

Additional sessions are likely to be added soon, so please register your interest even if you cannot attend the current Wednesday session.

To register your interest, please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Highett Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Moonee Ponds, Vic

The Moonee Ponds Lab will run sessions on Saturday 10am – 12pm and 1pm-3pm at the Sam Merrifield Library; 762 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds

Sessions will run during the Victorian School terms.

The cost is $25.75 MVCC resident and $51.50 non resident per session. This covers the cost of our mentors, who are professional programmers, graphic designers, 3D modellers and software designers.

To apply and reserve a place for your child, please register by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and select the Moonee Ponds Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form

For further information please email carers@mvcc.vic.gov.au

See a program flyer here: https://thelab.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/The-Lab-T1-Flier-2022.pdf

 

Mornington, Vic

The Lab Mornington operates from ‘The Corner’ Mornington Youth Centre at 91 Wilsons Rd, Mornington (cnr Nepean Hwy).

Sessions currently run on Mondays from 4.30 – 6.30pm during the school term.
Additional sessions are likely to be added soon, so please register your interest even if you cannot attend the current Wednesday session.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Mornington Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

 

Mulgrave, Vic

The Lab at Mulgrave operates at Mackie Rd Neighborhood House, 36 – 42 Mackie Rd, Mulgrave.

Sessions run from 4.30 – 6.30pm on Thursdays in Term 1 from March 3, 2022.
Please contact info@mackierdnh.org.au for more details.

Registration is essential.
To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Mornington Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

St Kilda, Vic

The Lab at St Kilda will commence sessions in the second week of Term 4, 2022 on Tuesday October 11.

Please register by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the St Kilda Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Traralgon, Vic

The Lab at Traralgon is run by CoAbility at their new premises in Seymour St, Traralgon. Sessions are held on Tuesdays from 6-8pm.
Please register your interest by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Traralgon Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Niddrie, Vic

The Niddrie Lab will run sessions on Tuesday 4.30pm – 6.30pm at the Niddrie Library; 483 Keilor Rd, Niddrie

Sessions will run during the Victorian School terms.

The cost is $25.75 MVCC resident and $51.50 non resident per session. This covers the cost of our mentors, who are professional programmers, graphic designers, 3D modellers and software designers.

To apply and reserve a place for your child, please register by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and select the Niddrie Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form

For further information please email carers@mvcc.vic.gov.au

See a program flyer here: https://thelab.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/The-Lab-T1-Flier-2022.pdf

 

Reservoir, Vic

The Lab Reservoir is located at The Reservoir Neighborhood 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.

To register your interest please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Reservoir Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Please contact admin@reservoirnh.org.au for further details.

Warrnambool, Vic

A new Lab is set to open at Warrnambool in Sth West Victoria very soon. Sessions will be held at One Day Studios at the old Fletcher Jones factory. To express your interest in attending sessions please click on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Warrnambool Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

Werribee, Vic

A new Lab is set to open in central Werribee soon.
More details will be posted here when they are available.
Please register your interest by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Werribee Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form. We can then contact you directly when we have session times and a starting date.

Canberra, ACT

The Lab in Canberra is run at Marymead, 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah (or online, if required).

Sessions are on Wednesdays 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, during school terms.

Marymead is a registered NDIS provider so all NDIS participants are welcome to join. If you wish to use your NDIS plan, the cost is $424.80 for 10 weeks ($42.48 per session), this can be claimed from the ‘Core’ category.

For Non-NDIS participants, the cost is $30 per session.

Please register your interest by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Canberra Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

 

 

Hobart, Tasmania

Lab sessions run at the Glenorchy Library on Saturday mornings between 10am and Noon. Bookings are essential.

Please register your interest by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the Hobart Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form.

WA Online, Western Australia

This is a new group that will be commencing for Term 4.

Please register your interest by clicking on the orange REGISTER button on this page and register your details and those of your child. Select the WA Online Lab from the list at the top of the child registration form. We can then contact you directly when we have session times and a starting date.

This group will be able to transition to face to face sessions as soon as social distancing restrictions are lifted.

The Lab Online, National

The Lab Online has been running since 2016 and has evolved into an engaging social environment well beyond what we traditionally associate with video conferencing. The enthusiasm of participants and the mentors skills make it much more than video conferencing. With a high ratio of mentors to participants there’s plenty of opportunities for social gaming and tech skill development where desired.

The Lab Online is available in four sessions a week; Monday and Wednesday at 4.30pm, Tuesday at 4 and 6.30pm. All times AEST. (Tuesday 6.30 AEST = 4.30 AWST for participants in Western Australia).

Please see the link below for more information on The Lab Online

https://thelab.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/The-Lab-Online-FAQ-2022.pdf

 

The Lab Online

The Lab Online delivers The Lab program in an online format for participants either unable to access a face-to-face venue or who simply prefer a virtual social environment.

We’re currently offering four sessions a week; Monday and Wednesday at 4.30pm, Tuesday at 4 and 6.30pm. All times AEST. The Tuesday late session commences at 4.30pm ASWT for participants in Western Australia though this group includes participants from across the country.

The sessions are very social and there’s plenty of support from the mentors to account for differences in participants’ communication styles. Participants have a lot of fun and there’s a lot of social gaming and tech development activities for those that want to develop skills. Depending on the group we have two to three mentors and 8 to 12 participants in each session.

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Jobs at Labs

Brilliant Minds Need Smart Mentors

Whether you are a university student, recent graduate, or a mid-career professional who is looking for a side gig, join us as a mentor and make a difference to young people in your community.

Mentoring roles at The Lab are well paid part-time positions and provide an opportunity to enhance your technology, professional practice, and interpersonal communications skills. If you are interested in games, digital technologies and most importantly supporting, guiding and mentoring some of the most creative and brilliant minds, join us now.

The Role of the Mentor
The Lab aims to encourage social engagement through a young person’s interests in games and technology. The mentor’s role is to support participants technology and skill development experience during Lab sessions and to foster a fun and positive environment. Participants at Lab sessions don’t have a disability, but they are different from other kids in many brilliant ways. You’ll find few behavioural issues in a Lab session and mentors are not expected to be teachers, disciplinarians or therapists. Mentors are there to assist young people to share their interests, to develop new skills and to have fun whenever possible.

Mentors have a wide range of experience with popular video and tabletop games, games development, coding, artwork, video or digital media in a variety of areas.

The Lab Mentor’s role and Responsibilities.pdf

Read more about mentoring at The Lab and what’s involved: Introduction to Mentoring at The Lab.pdf

Mentoring at a Lab
The Lab is very unlike school in that there’s no formal structure, but there is a theme of supporting participants interests in technology skill development. Mentors encourage opportunities for skill development, whether coding, video editing or whatever a participants interests might be (within the mentors expertise) but don’t dictate what participants do and when they do it. The Lab is a participant led activity and that’s what makes it so enjoyable for participants. The mentors are there to support, encourage, but not to direct.

For more information please contact us at admin@thelab.org.au, include your current CV with emphasis on your games and technology experience, whether coding, designing or just as a passionate game player. Please indicate the Lab venue most appropriate for you.

We welcome and encourage applications from all applicants regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation or disability. Please let us know if you require specific arrangements or need any additional support during the application process.

Mentoring at The Lab Frequently Asked Questions

What time commitment is required for being a mentor?
Labs operate during school term dates with one or two two hour sessions a week. The number of weekly sessions and hours for mentors grows as the number of participants at a Lab increases. Consistent attendance by mentors at Lab sessions is very important so it is essential that if you make a commitment to join a Lab, you can make it to every session where you are scheduled.

I don’t have any experience working with young people on the autism spectrum, can I still work as a mentor?
Yes, absolutely. The Lab provides extensive induction and training for your role as a mentor. There is also the support of the many experienced mentors around the country who can support you with many years experience at The Lab.
Young people in Lab sessions have some differences from other young people, but we see these differences as strengths and that’s one of the features of The Lab program.

What does the recruitment process look like after I submit my resume?
There are many Lab venues around the country so please let us know where you are located. The National Coordinator will review your CV and forward to the local Lab in your area where the local organiser will be in touch to talk over the phone. Not all Labs have vacancies at all times so we may have to keep your details on file for when a position becomes available. The Lab Network also runs an online program and this is another opportunity for new mentors.

Is there a deadline for applications?
We’re accepting applications all year round. Please contact us at admin@thelab.org.au to express your interest.

Can I apply to mentor at multiple Labs?
Yes, in capital cities there are several Labs in the same region and provided the session times don’t clash you are free to work across multiple venues.

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