A total of $16.7 million over four years was invested in male health programs that were designed to support the National Male Health Policy (the Policy) and build on efforts to address the priority areas identified in the Policy.

Page last updated: 22 November 2018

Men's Sheds

Men’s Sheds have long been recognised as meeting places where men can find social support and camaraderie. During the consultations for the National Male Health Policy there was considerable support expressed for men’s sheds for their demonstrated success in reaching marginalised and isolated males and in contributing to improvements in male health and wellbeing.

General Support

Support for Men’s Sheds is an initiative under the National Male Health Policy which aims to ensure that Men’s Sheds in Australia have access to a wide range of resources and support for their particular Shed.
The Australian Government funds the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) to provide information and guidance to men’s sheds across Australia, promote the health benefits of Shed participation to all Australians, and to manage the National Shed Development Programme on behalf of the Australian Government.

Financial Assistance

National Shed Development Programme

The National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) has been funded by the Australian Government since 2010. The current NSDP provides grants of up to $10,000 for health improvement activities, training, equipment and events, the purchase of tools and shed improvements. Grants are awarded through a competitive grants process, for which all men’s sheds in Australia can apply. Two grants rounds are held each year.

Application documents are posted on the AMSA website when a funding round is open. Please note that the National Shed Development Programme Guidelines can change for each funding round. Interested parties wishing to apply for funding should visit the AMSA website for updates before submitting an application.

DIY Health Toolbox (No longer available)

The DIY Health Toolbox was a health promotion initiative under the National Male Health Policy directed at Australian males of all ages to build on the valuable roles that men play in Australian society and encourage them to put more importance on looking after their health.

The DIY Health Toolbox was a real toolbox that contained useable items such as tape measures, carpenter’s pencils, magnetic clips and note books featuring positive health messages and referral pathways.

Initially the Toolboxes were developed for Men's Sheds, however they were also made available to other community organisations providing male health services or support.