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What we do

The City of Subiaco established Australia’s first inner-city Men’s Shed run by a local government authority in 2010 which became incorporated in 2012 to allow for greater autonomy in the management of its affairs.

The Shed is at the rear of the Tom Dadour Community Centre. The premises had previously been the offices and vehicle inspection facility of the Road Traffic Department. The embryonic Shed had purchased, and members had donated a significant cache of equipment to start with.

Subsequently, with the enthusiastic endorsement of and financed by the City of Subiaco, construction was started on a significant extension to the premises effectively doubling its size and providing increased parking facilities to be shared with the Tom Dadour Community Centre facility. This was completed in September 2020. The Shed financed over 30% of the total cost out of its own funds.

It is expected that the members will work on their own projects as well as projects that can be donated to other community groups or used to help fund the ongoing costs of running the shed.


During construction, and to better serve an increasing membership activity, the Shed embarked on a significant grant funding effort to upgrade the machinery and tools from home-handyman equipment which was suffering from intense use, to a more robust industrial quality equipment.

The Shed is now the proud owner of significant Carbatec, Timbecon and Felder woodworking equipment as well as Ryobi, Makita, Bosch and DeWalt hand and power tools, in addition to high quality Vicmarc and other woodturning lathes.


The Shed facility also includes the embryo of a similarly well-equipped metalwork shop, which includes, a  HAFCO Metalmaster lathe, MIG/TIG and Stick and Arc welding equipment, bench and angle grinders, sanders and cold cut saw. The metal work capability should for the moment meet the requirements of our members and is a work in progress. 

Clean Room and Computer Lab

We are an enthusiastic Network Partner of the Federal Government-funded BeConnected program, an Australian government initiative committed to building the confidence, digital skills and online safety of older Australians.

Whether you want to pick up new skills or dive into a new topic, you can access our free learning resources online or join one of the thousands of community organisations running free computer classes across Australia.

Our lab has a high-speed internet connection and the latest in iPads, Tablets, desktop and laptop computers and a 70” 4K monitor for audio-visual instruction on computer and wood and metalwork workshops.

The airconditioned Clean Room is also available for Shed meetings and for personal quiet activities by our members.

Inductions & Procedures

As part of our Safety Management Plan, each member must undertake a General Induction and specific machinery inductions before he may use the Shed's equipment.  View the pre-reading for each equipment below

Safety Documents

The SCMS has developed its own set of safety documents based heavily on documents from other Sheds and standard documents from the Australian Men's Shed Association.  Occupational Health and Safety are pivotal to all of the SCMS operation. And an integral part of our desire to send our members home in at least the same state as they come.

Compliance with ALL of our Safety documentation including the publication of our specific Safe Working Practises on tools and machinery and however described is a condition of entry to the Shed and use of Shed machinery and equipment. Please note these documents are intended only for use by the SCMS.

Subiaco Community Men's Shed Inc.  - Rules of Association

The SCMS is registered as an Incorporated Association with the DMIRS | Department of Mines, Industry Regulation Safety,  Incorporation Number A1016201S and holds ABN Number 54 496 197 903

Have a question?

Give our President a call - Gary Gaunt