Shared office spaces

4 Minute Read | Author: Kate Jones

The prevalence of shared office spaces around Australia continues to grow, providing short-term places for like-minded people to operate. More than just places to hire a desk, the spaces encourage collaboration between small to medium businesses, individuals, start-ups and everything in-between.

Generally, the offices have open-plan layouts, which facilitates opportunities to build networks and creates a community atmosphere. Most shared office spaces operate on a pay-by-month system with many offering different levels of membership to cater for business and individual needs.

Here are nine of the best shared office spaces in Australia’s capital cities.

Spaces, NSW

Location: Flinders Street, Surry Hills

Just 2km from the Sydney CBD, this contemporary and unique space, with high ceilings and designer furniture, is inhabited by marketers, advertisers, designers and architects. Offering the full service, everything from offices and desks to meeting rooms and communal areas, Spaces has a spot for everyone. This beautifully designed space is thoughtfully light and bright, with light wood and wall-to-wall bookshelves to make it really feel like a home away from home.

Tank Stream Labs, NSW

Location: Bridge Street, Sydney

One of Australia’s largest spaces for tech start-ups, Tank Stream Labs is more than just a shared office space. Built upon 100 start-ups and 300 members, this shared office space creates a real community feel and even has an on-site bar. Located in the heart of the CBD, there is no better place to be amongst the hustle and bustle.

Inspire9, VIC

Location: Stewart Street, Richmond

Just five minutes from the CBD this creative space empowers small businesses and individuals to connect and achieve big. Inspire9 was set up in 2011 and is Melbourne’s original community-led shared space. Since its humble beginnings, this shared space has grown and expanded to fit the needs of the evolving community who utilise the space.

Thought Fort, QLD

Location: Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley

Open 24/7 to cater for night owls, the Thought Fort was originally designed for those who wanted a workspace away from home. While some enjoy the freedom that home offices bring, others need an environment outside to focus and the stimulation that comes from an office space. Bringing together Brisbane’s creative and digital media professionals, the Thought Fort is conveniently located between the CBD and Fortitude Valley.

Space SA, SA

Location: Claxton Street, Adelaide

Located right in the heart of the CBD and close to all the essentials you could need including public transport, cafes and restaurants, Space SA is a dynamic workspace. Whether you want membership that gives you part-time or full-time use of the space, you decide.

Flux, powered by Spacecubed, WA

Location: St Georges Terrace, Perth

Flux is Perth’s latest co-working space with a dedicated innovation hub and hardware maker space with a VR lab and 3D printers. A membership at Flux means you are part of the Spacecubed community and have access to a number of additional business support opportunities.

Good Work Canberra, ACT

Location: Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Formerly The Studio Braddon, Good Work Canberra has had a fresh new makeover. The bright co-working space was set up to support and promote the good work in Canberra, hence the name. Whether you’re looking for resident space, or you’re more of a nomad, this space in the nation’s capital caters for all sorts.

Parliament Co-Working, TAS

Location: Morrison Street, Hobart

This office space on Hobart’s waterfront allows members to come and go as you please, seven days a week, with your own keys. For those who aren’t quite ready to share everything, but want to share working in an open office, Parliament Co-Working is a great place to start. There is no desk sharing which means you can make the space your own.

Rust 490, NT

Location: Woods Street, Darwin

The team behind Rust 490 have taken the best bits of some of the top co-working spaces and coupled that with insights and research to create a unique space in the heart of Darwin. Their model is quite simple: bring together people and technology to create collaborations and ideas.