How to Join

Come along and meet us! We have no requirement for membership if you're visiting for a chat or tour during a scheduled open event (like our Tuesday night open nights). We ask that you join when you want to contribute back to HSBNE or use any of our facilities.

Ready to Join? Follow these steps:

  1. Come in for a tour

    Get a feel for us in person before joining to make sure the culture will work for you. We try to cater for many people, but the unique volunteer powered way HSBNE runs isn't for everyone. We publish most public events (including tours) on our Facebook and Eventbrite pages.

    The executive is also responsible for vetting your membership, so we like to get to know you!

    1. Book in for a Tour

  2. Register an account

    When you come to a tour at HSBNE we will give you an access card!

    With your access card, create an account on our member portal. The member portal is the central place to manage your membership, report issues, etc. so make sure you bookmark it! This is where you can start your membership subscription and do your general induction.

    2. Register Account

  3. Get site access

    Once you complete the sign up (Pay your subscription, enable your card, finish the general induction), your card will be enabled and you will be a member at HSBNE.

  4. Start getting inducted on tools.

    Check out the Tools Wiki to find the machines and how to get inducted on each.

Membership at HSBNE


  • A warm fuzzy feeling and the opportunity to support a unique community focused organisation
  • 24/7 access to the HSBNE campus via an RFID access card
  • Voting rights in the group
  • One 55L storage tub in member storage (if required)
  • Discounted classes

Fee Structure

Backer Hacker
  • $100 per month, no further discounts.
Standard Hacker
  • $60 per month, or
  • $55 per month when paying 3 months or more in advance (up to 12 months)
Starving Hacker
  • $30 per month, no further discounts
  • To be eligible for this level you must be genuinely unable to afford the standard tier. Being a student or unemployed generally makes you eligible. You will require proof of eligibility during your induction.

Lifetime Hacker
  • $0 per month, for life

Available to any member having paid 10 years membership. As a thankyou to those who have supported and volunteered at HSBNE since the beginning.