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Tools of the Trade for Women



This course is aimed at women who would like to learn how to complete basic maintenance and DIY tasks in the home delivered in a safe and welcoming envrironment. Participants will be introduced to a range of tools and techniques, their purpose and how to use them safely to complete home maintenance tasks including plastering a hole in the wall, replacing tap washers, using an electric drill, havning a picture, preparing surfaces, filling and caulking, building a planter box etc. It is designed  to increase women’s confidence and independence to complete home maintenance tasks and open up the possibility of further study and/or work. 

Key Details

Course starting 2 May
Dates: Mondays 2 May - 4 July  (10 sessions)
Times: 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Diamond Creek Men's Shed - 53 Challenger St, Diamond Creek


Fully funded - $70 enrolment fee
Concession card holders - $20 enrolment fee
Fee-paying  - $340 

What to expect

At the end of the course learners will be able to:
- Understand basic safety practices and procedures around the use of tools
- Be able to recognise tools and describe their purpose
- Demonstrate basic techniques using a range of tools
- Regard themselves as having abilities that may make them employable


There are no specific pre-requisites for this course.

Learning Pathways

The Adult Community & Further Education Board subsidises places in this course to support people to return to study, the workforce or volunteer work.  
Ideally, this course may lead to a woman being able to complete more of their home repairs themselves, to up-skill for work purposes or enrolling in specific industry training and qualifications.

How to Enrol

Enrol online, or call in at one of our three Living & Learning Nillumbik centres.    

To enrol please download the enrolment form and email to

If you are a concession card holder you will need to present your concession card at one of our centres prior to the start of the course in order to be eligible for the concession fee.  

Eligibility for government-subsidised fees and concession fees

Government-subsidised fee
If you are a permanent Resident and/or Australian Citizen/New Zealand Citizen and not enrolled in mainstream secondary school you are eligible for a government subsidised fee. 

Concession fee
This fee is available to:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card holders, and their dependant children and dependant spouses
  • Pensioner Concession Card holders, and their dependant children and dependant spouses
  • Veteran's Gold Card holders (but not their dependants).
  • Please note: if under 17 years of age and disengaged from school, participants will need to obtain an official Transition from School Form for us to sight.

If you are eligible, please select the concession fee when enrolling and click "calculate discount".  You will also need to present your concession card at one of our centres prior to the start of the course in order to be eligible for a concession fee.  

For non-eligible individuals, the full fee will apply (see 'Fee Structure' below).

Withdrawals and refunds

Refer to our Fees, charges and refunds policy for information about withdrawals and refunds in our government-subsidised and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses.  

About the Tutor

This course will be run by qualified tradesmen and builders at the Diamond Creek Men's Shed. 

For more information

To find out more about this course, click "Enquire" to send us an email.


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Contact us



  • Diamond Creek
  • 119 Cowin Street
  • Diamond Creek 3089

  • Eltham
  • 739 Main Road
  • Eltham 3095

  • Panton Hill
  • 18 Bishops Road
  • Panton Hill 3759

  • Nillumbik Shire Council trading as Living &
  • Learning Nillumbik, Registered Training
  • Organisation No. 3989, ABN 64 487 894 794

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