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Governance & Policy

For more than ten years the Australian Men’s Shed Association has supported the establishment of thousands of Men’s Sheds and Men’s Shed organisations worldwide.

AMSA’s focus is on operations across our four key pillars “shed support, advocacy, men’s health and community” to continue our current services, and grow in order to make a positive impact for the benefit, development and sustainability of Men’s Sheds in Australia—whilst always keeping grassroots Men’s Sheds and shedders in mind.


The AMSA Board has overall responsibility for the management of AMSA; endorsing strategic direction, monitoring organisation performance and ensuring that the organisation has effective structures and governance mechanisms in place to succeed. The Board is committed to proper and effective governance to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in our operations.

The AMSA Board recognises its role in overseeing the determination and implementation of policies and processes that reflect good corporate governance which is aligned with the five pillars of governance standards recommended by the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission, our contractual commitments and stakeholder expectations.



  • A Board comprising of six (6) elected state-based directors (two (2) year terms) and up to five (5) board-appointed specialist directors (three (3) year terms).
  • Any AMSA member Men’s Shed that has been a financial member for more than 12 months will be eligible to nominate a member of that shed to stand for election to the AMSA Board.

Membership & voting eligibility

  • The recognition of any AMSA member Men’s Shed with a membership tenure of more than 12 months, as a voting member with rights to vote at all general meetings. Each eligible member Men’s Shed will be entitled to one (1) vote.
  • To enable incorporated state organisations, that satisfy membership criteria, to apply for AMSA membership. Any AMSA member state organisation with a membership tenure of more than 12 months will be recognised as a voting member with rights to vote at all general meetings. Each eligible member state organisation will be entitled to five (5) votes.


  • The Constitution and By-Laws make provision for the formation of committees to provide detailed advice to the AMSA Board on a range of issues relevant to the organisation.
Documents & Information
  1. AMSA Constitution 2017
  2. AMSA Corporate Governance Statement
  3. AMSA Board Charter
  4. Membership By-Laws Men’s Sheds (February 2021)
  5. Membership By-Laws State Associations (February 2021)
  6. Membership By-Laws Non-Men’s Shed Subscribers (February 2021)
  7. Membership By-Laws Explanatory Notes (February 2021)
  8. AMSA Board & Employee Code of Conduct