Membership fees allow us to run the society, which provides support at many different levels for synthetic biology in Australia (policy, advice, interfacing with regulators, contributing to development of strategic funding initiatives, etc.), acts as a linking hub for the synbio community, provides support for EMCRs and students, runs the Synthetic Biology Australasia conference, and administers the Synthetic Biology Australasia Awards which are conferred at the conference. A quarterly newsletter and ad-hoc mail-outs (a small number, only when required to meet deadlines) are also distributed; these include upcoming events, job opportunities, and other items of interest to the community.