Queensland Hackerspaces Grant program

Establishing and expanding Hacker/Maker spaces is an important initiative within our Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap and Action Plan.

Hackerspaces are community-operated places where people with common interests share skills and knowledge. They provide a platform to raise awareness about available technologies. They also have the potential to strengthen the manufacturing industry in Queensland.

The $450,000 Queensland Hackerspace Grant Program provides funding to groups and organisations that want to establish or expand in their communities.

Round two recipients

Round two awarded 13 hackerspaces with funding of up to $20,000. The program assisted five new hackerspaces to open and eight hackerspaces to expand. The program has now closed.

New hackerspaces

  • Canvas Co-working, Toowoomba
  • Cloncurry Hackerspace, Cloncurry
  • Impact Community Services, Bundaberg
  • Make the Maker, Bundaberg
  • Smart Precinct NQ, Townsville.

Expanding hackerspaces

  • Gold Coast Tech Space, Mudgeeraba
  • HSBNE, Eagle Farm
  • Makerspace Mackay, Mackay
  • Substation 33, Kingston
  • Sunshine Coast Makerspace, Warana
  • Split Spaces, Mackay
  • The Arc, Fortitude Valley
  • TheMakers.Org, Cairns.

Round one recipients

In Round one, ten hackerspaces received a share of $170,000 in funding:

  • Gold Coast Techspace Inc, Mudgeeraba
  • Hackerspace Ipswich
  • Hackerspace Brisbane, Eagle Farm
  • Makerspace Mackay
  • Maleny Makers, Maleny
  • Split Spaces, Mackay
  • Sunshine Coast Makerspace, Warana
  • The Arc, Fortitude Valley
  • TheMakers.org (Cairns)
  • YFS (Substation 33), Kingston

Manufacturers and makers are encouraged to engage with their local hackerspace. This way, industry and communities can collaborate on projects, learn new skills and embrace new technology.

For more information

Contact 13 QGOV (13 7468) or email advanced.manufacturing@rdmw.qld.gov.au.

Last updated: 19 Jul 2021