An initiative proudly supported by the Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin




What is the Defence Shed?

Defence Shed is based on the well-known ‘Men’s Shed’ Principle and offers peer support to Current & Ex-Serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) men & women in an effort to provide them with mateship, various hands on activities, projects and social activities, health & welfare advice, counselling through various professional networks, along with connections to others within the Defence network that can offer assistance.

Defence Shed is being organised by current and ex-defence force personnel from various backgrounds within the Defence force who have a passion to assist their mates in need. Defence Sheds is a meeting place where people can discuss issues of concern with like-minded mates, work on projects together, get involved in fundraising activities for various defence related charities along with the ability to learn new skills e.g.; photography, wood work, metal work and similar skills.

Defence Shed maintains a data base of Health professionals and those offering advocacy to those with issues with DVA etc.

Our Vision

Our Vision for Defence Shed is to be an Australia wide concept offering a place for all current and ex ADF members, with local ‘Defence Sheds’ in as many locations as needed, offering a place to work on various projects, helping mates in need, seeking and offering assistance on the many issues that face the Defence community.

Our Aim

Our aim is work with existing organisations that assist the veteran community and get as many Associations as possible involved with this project in a concerted effort to provide Members with a greater ‘United Voice’ to the many Government Departments that are responsible for their Welfare.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to help as many veterans as possible through our Defence Sheds and offering them a place that will give them assistance in the many ways that are needed.

Our Objectives

To create and maintain an environment for current and ex ADF personnel where concerns, PTSD, past trauma, health and welfare issues, transitional & employment problems can be discussed with other veterans who have empathy through similar life experience in operational areas during their service in the ADF.

Those that become part of the Defence Shed will be encouraged to develop, redevelop or learn new skills which will enhance their self-esteem and in turn provide a positive impact upon their lives, their family and the community.

To foster and maintain a relationships with the those stakeholders in the Defence Shed, ADF, Defence Industry, Sponsors, South Australian Health Advisory Council, The General Repatriation Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Mental Heath), Veterans SA, DVA, Defence Community Organisation (DCO), DefenceCare and RSL Care SA (inc)

For all current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and its allies



  • I extremely happy to be able to continue in civilian life with the strong ties of mateship and support that are unique to ADF personnel which the Defence Shed offers.

    Leonie Armbruster, Ex Army Corps of Transport