Regional Victoria's premier tech incubator and coworking lab

About Us

Lab 79 is a tech incubator and coworking space situated in the heart of Ballarat. Partnering with FedUni, we are building a world-class institution that will help tech‑based companies grow, solve problems, and create value. Lab 79 is not just a space, but a community of entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, developers, thinkers, business people, and more.

Help us, Help you

If you're building a tech-based company, working for one, commuting, or want to create a startup, then we want to help you. Our facilities, networks, skills and motivation can help you build your business, develop your product, and push to market.

Why Lab 79?

At Lab 79 we're creating an environment which is conducive to work and creativity, where you'll make new friends, expand your networks, and even potentially find your next co-founder. Alongside this, our events roster is geared towards assisting you with both business, social, and personal growth.


We provide the following flexible plan options. If you have a small team or additional requirements then please contact the team to discuss more options.


$20/ day

  • 9am - 5pm Access
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Printing
  • Tea/Coffee

$85 - 345/ mo.

  • 9am - 5pm Access
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Printing
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Priority Seating
  • Business & Mail Address

$450/ mo.

  • 24/7 access
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Printing
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Dedicated Seating
  • Business & Mail Address

Frequently Asked Questions

Essentially, yes! (shhhh! you're one of the first to notice). We're still working hard to automate our billing systems however we're able to bill manually for this first little while. Once our billing system is complete we'll start our marketing campaign however until then you're free to start using the space, come on in!

Lab 79 is built for technology-based startups, coworkers and commuters who want to work in a modern, collaborative environment. We also do events, open to everyone to attend (priority is given to Lab 79 members).

For Free

There is all day free parking around the Federation Uni SMB campus on Grant Street, Albert Street and Anderson Street West (along the Yarrowee River). There is also parking behind building S at the White Flat Oval. NB: You are competing with students for these parks so it may take some patience/luck to get one. You can also park for free for 2 hours at the Bridge Mall car park over the road from the courts.


All day parking is available at the Dana Street end of Anderson Street West (near the courts) and parts of Dana Street. 2 hour parking is available on Lydiard Street South and 4 hour parking is available on Armstrong Street South. There is also parking available in the multi-level parking at Central Square with the first 2 hours being free.

Disabled Parking

There is disabled parking right outside Lab 79 on the SMB campus, enter from Armstrong Street South (near the roundabout with Grant Street) then take the first right over the little bridge then turn left and drive to the very end. There is also disabled parking on Lydiard Street South near the church.

The nearest bus stop is the Dana Street Primary School stop (Dana St PS) and it is serviced by the number 22 bus route.

We do, it's on the Ballarat Tech slack instance. You can invite yourself to the slack instance via and once your account is all setup just ask for a Lab 79 channel invite in #general.

Yes there are meeting rooms in the open area and there are also closed-off meeting rooms.

Yes, there are quite a few facilities in the building. Some have cost, some are free. Let us know your requirements and we can discuss the details.

Yes, we have quiet areas for you to use.

Yes we have lockable storage for full-timers.

Yes, 24x7 access cards can be provided for full-timers.

Yes! We will post events regularly to our mailing list.

A "Jelly Day" is a free casual coworking day. We provide chairs and sofas, wireless internet, and interesting people to talk to, collaborate with, and bounce ideas off of. You bring a laptop or tablet and a friendly disposition. No matter what you do or what you create, you're welcome to come to Jelly and share your talent and learn from others. Think of it as a day to try out coworking but also to network with other Ballarat tech professionals.

We will be posting details about Jelly Days to the Ballarat Silicon Beach Meetup Group so be sure to join that group to ensure you don't miss a spot.

We are working on this feature.

Yes, there is a variety of food and hot drinks available. There is also a cold drinks vending machine on site. Let us know if you have a special request. Also, we do regular coffee runs to nearby cafes. Being centrally located we are in walking distance to many great cafes to grab lunch in or when you just need a little walk to think. Ballarista and The Unicorn are two of our favs.

Shower facilities are available in The Hub right next to Lab 79, please ask a staff member to show you the details.

Our policy is we love them but please no Blue, White or Green switches (i.e. clicky) in the quiet areas.

We have a general policy of flexibility, and are happy to work with you on ensuring that your membership works to your advantage as best we can.

You can cancel anytime, but let us know why, so we can fix any issues and improve the space.

Get in touch

Signup to our mailing list to be one of the first to know when Lab 79 opens, we'll also be doing some trial runs of the space and we will send notifications of these to people subscribed to this list.

Email Address

Business address

106-110 Lydiard St South,
Ballarat, Victoria 3350