Disability Services Australia (DSA) is a not-for-profit organisation employing more than 1,200 people in key regions of New South Wales and the ACT including the Hunter, the Illawarra, Metropolitan Sydney, the Southern Highlands and Southern Ranges.
We support people to develop the skills and capabilities they need to participate in society and contribute to the economy. We enable opportunities for choice, inclusion and achievement at home, in the community, through education and in employment.
We recognise the fundamental importance of families and carers in our customers’ lives and we work together with people with a disability, their families and carers to design the combination of services they need to live a full life.
Over the almost 60 years of our history there have been significant changes in the way supports for people with a disability are funded but our commitment to the original purpose and vision of our founding families remains true.
Our 5 year strategy aims to ensure that we have the capacity and capabilities to take on both the opportunities and the challenges brought by the significant, fundamental changes occurring in the Australian disability sector.
We welcome the next stage of the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and are committed to further developing the range and quality of our service offerings to meet the challenges and opportunities that come with the change to an individualised funding model.
New programs, new or improved facilities and innovation in our service delivery ensures that we continue to offer individualised, personalised services that can better meet the changing needs of our customers.
In the past 12 months we have provided
day time support for 375 people at various life stages to participate socially and recreationally in their communities, focusing on life skill development and living active and enjoyable lives
support at home for 126 people in a variety of settings, with a range of support levels including in-home support where the person lives with their family, shared support in a single dwelling or villa complex and individual drop-in support where the person lives on their own
mentoring for 50 people in 24/7 in home support and drop in support for 15 people through the community justice program
specialist therapy and training services for more than 430 people including early intervention, behavioural intervention, mental health training, occupational therapy and speech therapy from our team of allied health specialists
competitive employment options for 567 people at our four modern facilities specialising in packaging and assembly work, secure digital document scanning and property maintenance services
prevocational training and work experience opportunities for 149 young people transitioning from school to employment through our Transition to Work (TTW) programs
training for more than 615 people in foundation skills training and nationally accredited disability and children’s services qualifications through METS, our Registered Training Organisation.