Topic: Shed Administration
Sat, 4th June 2011, 5:40pm
I'm involved in a new Shed in Lithgow NSW and I'm wondering if there are any Secretaries or Treasurers out there who can give us some pointers on such matters as government grants, ABN's, charitable status, public liability and other necessary insurance etc.
I know it's a broad topic but setting up the shed from scratch is much broader than just bricks, mortar and building work benches. I can be contacted here or at firstname.lastname@example.org if anybody has any ideas. Thanks
Mon, 6th June 2011, 9:39am
Having started a Shed from scratch just after the Black Saturday bushfires I can tell you that it's no easy thing.
Creating an association is done through your Consumer Affairs or Justice Department Office in your state and is a fairly simple and straightforward process. This gives you your ABN.
Charitable Status is a little trickier. It took me 3 months of conversation with the Tax Department for our Shed to be approved with DGR Status, but it was well worth the effort as it opens up a whole lot of different grants.
The first Government Grant you need to apply for (if available) is the Men's Shed Grant ($50,000).
Public Liability, Contents Insurance, Building Insurance, Committee Insurance and Volunteer Insurance covers our Shed and it's Members. Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS) does all of these. You can also get PPL from AMSA (Australian Men's Shed Association. I recommend that you join your State Mens Shed Assocation as well as the national one. Go here -> www.mensshed.org Another group not associated with the first is Mens Shed Australia -> www.menssheds.com.au who also have some really good stuff.
Happy to chat with you if you need further help. Contact details are on my profile.
Men Talking Shoulder To Shoulder
Wed, 10th August 2011, 9:14am
The Australian Men's Sheds Association (mensshed.org) has an insurance policy, which I believe is about $18 per member (there's a discount if you have more than a certain number of members)