Skills and Training for older workers

Message from Kathleen Wesley at Verto:

My name is Kathleen and I am working alongside the federal government and I work from Verto Employment.

We’re working on a new federal Government program providing discounted training for mature age workers.

VertoVerto is a not for profit organisation backed by the federal Government offering discounted training and free employment support for mature aged adults.

We also do career support and redundancy support.

I would love to get some exposure about the financial support that is available for individuals.

I just thought I would flag this with you as you may know of any mature aged (45-70) need support in regards to employment support options in areas of Port Phillip.

Here is some extra info about the Skills and Training Incentive:

Government website:

On the news recently:

Many thanks for helping this small but mighty not for profit organisation.

So if this is something that interests you, get in touch with Kathleen on 0455 936 252 or

Member Personal Accident Insurance

All members are alerted to the following exclusions in regard to claiming related medical costs under our AMSA Voluntary Workers (members) Personal Accident insurance arrangement.

The principal exclusions applying are as follows:

  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • All costs where Medicare covers any part of the cost.

The latter point above is particularly important because all general insurers are prohibited by law to insure what is knows as the “Gap” i.e. the difference between the full medical cost and any Medicare refund.

If a member is injured at the shed and seeks treatment at a Doctors General Practice, then Medicare would generally cover part of this service and our insurer would not cover the subsequent out-of-pocket expense. The out-of-pocket expense would be the member’s responsibility.

If a member has private medical insurance, then this may provide further reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.

Depending on the injury circumstances, the AMSA Insurance Program provides a number of defined injury benefits and for some, other insurance exclusions/limitations may also apply.

Members can read the full AMSA 2019/2020 Insurance Program Frequently Asked Questions, which are available at the SPUC shed.

Code of Conduct

The PPMSA committee has recently reviewed the Code of Conduct applicable to all members. Please be guided accordingly.


The Port Phillip Men’s Shed Association will always maintain an open-door policy and will not reject any person because of race, sex, disability, religion or age, although some special conditions may apply in certain circumstances.               

During any PPMSA endorsed activity members must:

Behave honestly and with integrity

Act with care and diligence

Treat everyone with respect and courtesy and without harassment

Comply with all applicable Australian laws

Comply with any lawful and reasonable direction given with authority by the PPMSA Committee

Maintain appropriate confidentiality

Disclose and take reasonable steps to avoid any conflict of interest (real or apparent)

Use PPMSA equipment and resources in a safe and proper manner; and

At all times behave in a way that upholds the PPMSA’s values, integrity and good reputation of the PPMSA.



PPMSA Policy 002 Code of Conduct 190211

Shed Reopening 2019

The Committee wishes all members, their family and friends a happy and safe 2019.

The Shed re-opens this Friday 1 February from 9am to 1pm (mixed session) and Saturday 2 February 10am to 4pm.

During the break the Committee and member volunteers have been working diligently on the refurbishment of the Southport Uniting Shed. A big thank you to the following members who gave their time to put in a great effort in getting the Shed refurbished:

Steve Hanna Peter Greenacre John Timoshanko
Roger Joyce Chris Sargood Ossie Savari
Chris Lynch Tim Smith Peter Harkin
Barry Bevin Tony Donohue Rod Hall
John Stirling Justin Gates Steve Ingrouille

Some of the improvements that have been implemented include:

New Dust Extraction System

Due to an increased requirement and extension of our operating hours it was decided that an improved dust extraction system was required in the machine shop.

2019-new-dust-extraction-sysThe new system has far greater capacity and power than the previous system and has been connected to all equipment in the machine shop. Members using the equipment will need to ensure they have the correct inlet vents opened or closed as required.

Special thanks to the Elwood Branch of the Bendigo Bank for providing the funding to enable the purchase of this new equipment.

Mitre Saw

Increased use of our old mitre saw meant it was becoming insufficient for our requirements. It was decided that we should upgrade the saw and a new Festool Kapex KS 120 saw was purchased, this was funded by a grant from the South Melbourne Community Chest.


The new mitre saw has many functions that were not present on the previous equipment and due to its complexity, ALL MEMBERS, regardless of their previous experience or work history, are required to undertake a short training session before using the saw for the first time. These can be arranged through one of the Duty Supervisors. Anyone interested in reading the instruction manual for this equipment can do so here:

A condensed version will be provided with the saw.

Table Saw

2019-table-sawWe are currently seeking funding for a new table saw but, in the meantime, we have relocated the old dust extractor from the machine shop, and it is dedicated to the table saw. This should improve the operation of the saw.

Lathe Relocation

To improve safety the lathe has been relocated within the machine shop

Additional Shelving

Additional shelving has been installed on the end wall and we are progressively sorting and restacking the numerous bits and pieces that are there.

Cordless Hand Tools

The cordless tools and chargers have been relocated to one section of the machine shop where they are secured.

Wall Racking

The wall racking above the work bench has been doubled in height and the tools have been sorted and re-racked. The will enable the benchtop to be cleared and will provide five permanent work stations.

Meeting Room Improvements

A new bench and drawers have been installed in the front meeting room and these will provide additional storage for kitchen utensils etc plus improved tea / coffee making facilities and food serving.

Internal Improvements

The internal walls and benchtops have been repainted and the floor has been degreased and cleaned.

Members’ Responsibilities

A lot of effort and cost has gone into this refurbishment / upgrade and you can assist in keeping the Shed in good, safe working order by doing the following:

  • Remembering SAFETY is always our priority. You must adhere to all safety requirements including the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for example, hearing and eye protection. You must also ensure that your actions do not endanger you or any of your fellow Shed members.
  • Ensuring you are aware of the operations and capabilities of equipment before you use any machinery. Only use equipment for the purpose for which it was designed and at its prescribed rate. Do not force feed or overstress any equipment.
  • Only using good quality materials when operating machinery. Tree stumps, branches and poor-quality second-hand timber are not to be used on the equipment. If in doubt, please ask the on-duty Supervisor.
  • Returning all tools to their designed place immediately after you have finished with them. There may be others who are waiting to use the same tool.
  • Ensuring you assist with the end of session clean up, when all machinery and tools must be properly cleaned and stored.

We now have nearly 90 members and with additional workshop activities planned, other than our regular workshop sessions, it is always important that the workshop be left in a clean and tidy state. There is only limited storage available for members’ personal projects and you may be required to take your materials with you at the end of any session.

Once again, thanks to all the members who gave their time to assist with this excellent refurbishment program.

We look forward to another excellent year in 2019 and will be introducing a range of new activities for members during the year.


On behalf of the Committee

Bob Small