Education Day delegates
Independence Australia will host its Education Day for the first time in New South Wales. More

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Golf enthusiasts and beginners alike came together for Independence Australia’s Daddo Charity Golf Day on Friday 24 November. 


Karen enjoys Hot Air Balloon ride


Independence Australia helped make a dream come true for one lucky winner as part of our Accessibility Weekend competition.



Independence Australia continued its proud tradition of hosting two Victorian Education Days in 2017, holding Melbourne and Geelong events throughout the months of August and September. 


Karen enjoys Hot Air Balloon ride


Independence Australia’s annual Accessibility Weekend welcomed over 25 accessible Victorian attractions across the weekend 9 -10 September. 




Reality TV fans would have noticed a familiar logo on their screens last night.





For the first time on Wednesday 1 March, Independence Australia partnered with Tasmanian Health Service’s North West Spinal and Continence Service to bring an Education Day event to Tasmanian healthcare professionals. 



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A mix of golf enthusiasts and beginners joined Independence Australia for its annual Daddo Charity Golf Day on Friday 25 November. 


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A team of three Independence Australia representatives from across the organisation recently exhibited at the 2016 Disability Sport and Recreation festival (DSR) held on Friday 2nd December at Crown Riverwalk.


Polio Day attendees


Independence Australia and Polio Network Victoria’s annual Polio Day acknowledged a significant milestone in the condition’s history this year. More

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On Monday 3rd October, Independence Australia’s Customer Service team welcomed in Customer Service Week in spectacular fashion by dressing as their favourite superheroes. More

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Independence Australia’s head office staff got behind the AFL grand final game with a footy day lunch last Thursday 29th September. More

Education Day, Geelong


After the success of our Melbourne Education Day, Independence Australia’s team were ready to do it all again on Wednesday 7th September. More

Roy at Kyral Castle


The weekend of 10 – 11 September saw Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions open their doors for Accessibility Weekend 2016. More

Andrew and Pat enjoying morning tea


Independence Australia's West Footscray office celebrated in unique style on Thursday 15th September by hosting a morning tea and Paralympic screening session. More

Snow camp participants


A small group of Independence Australia consumers attended a snow sports camp in Falls Creek in early August. More

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A number of Independence Australia’s consumers experience financial hardship. Yet through the support of Independence Australia staff Independence Fund we have been able to assist them to regain and retain their independence. More

Melbourne Education Day


Close to 230 nurses and healthcare professionals joined Independence Australia at Mantra Bell City, rushing the registration table from 8:15am to collect their name badges, gift bags and exhibitor passport entries. More

Entertainment Book


If you are an avid lover of dining, shopping, travel and supporting a good cause then be sure to let Entertainment Book and Entertainment Book Digital Membership become your new secret weapon for exclusive offers, discounts and 2 for 1 deals. More

Mark Russi


We're pleased to welcome Mark to the SpinChat schools programme. Mark's decision to join the SpinChat team was based on harrowing statistics that show young male drivers accounted for 14% of road deaths in 2015 alone. Mark has a very personal experience of the impact of road accidents. More

We have moved


It’s been an exciting and eventful year for Independence Australia, culminating in the recent move of our Collingwood office to West Footscray. This move marks a key point in the journey of bringing all aspects of our organisation together, with the aim to better service our clients and customers. More

Victorian All Abilities team named for 2016


Athletes from Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia will converge on Sydney looking to come away with the 2016 Marie Little OAM Shield. Victoria has won the title twice since the tournament began in 2013 and will begin training early next year. More



On Wednesday 9 December The Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre held their third What’s Out There (WOT) Day for 2015. As usual, it was a fantastic day with an excellent BBQ lunch, a number of interesting displays and a wheelchair handball demonstration. More

A Christmas celebration


At the beginning of December more than 120 clients came together for a festive celebration. Both DASSI and Independence Australia clients attended the annual Christmas lunch, which this year was held at The Centre in Ivanhoe. More

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International Day of People with Disability took place on Thursday 3 December, and to celebrate we hosted a stall at the Disability Sport & Recreation Festival. More than 30 exhibitors from disability, sport and recreation organisations came together to showcase a range of inclusive and accessible programs. More

Daddo Charity Golf Day


The 11th Annual Daddo Charity Golf Day was held on Friday 13 November and saw 150 participants registered to play. The weather kept up tradition and once again provided a lovely warm and sunny afternoon for us. More

A record year at Accessibility Weekend


The weekend of the 14-15 November saw Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions open their doors for Accessibility Weekend 2015. Organised by Independence Australia, the event provides free access for wheelchair users and a carer to over 30 of the region’s top attractions. More

Think I can’t? Think again!


Tim McCallum was embarking on his career in the music industry when, at 18 years-old, a diving accident left him with a spinal cord injury (quadriplegia). Despite being told he wouldn’t be able to sing like he used to, Tim defied expectations and returned to the stage. More

Polio Day 2015


The timely theme ‘Making Sense of Change’ and a new venue in Springvale resulted in the biggest turnout at Polio Day in years.At the end of October nearly 100 polios, supporters and families took part in a lively panel discussion dealing with changes as a result of the introduction of the NDIS and aged care services. More

Team working at Independence Australia


The merger of Independence Australia and DASSI creates a larger, more sustainable in-home disability support service that will offer consumers and existing clients the ability to choose the services and products that best meet their individual needs. More

Aaron takes his first steps


Aaron Jardim was born with Spina Bifida. As a result he has paralysis in his lower limbs, with some movement in his quadriceps. A year and a half ago Aaron visited the team at The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Centre, founded by SpinChat speaker Rhiannon, in the hope of increasing his level of movement and agility. More

SpinChat presenters


The Transport Accident Commission has extended its partnership with Independence Australia to deliver a program aimed at preventing spinal cord injury among young Victorians. The SpinChat program involves young people with spinal cord injuries visiting high school students to talk about how their injuries happened and their lives before and after. More

Melbourne Vixens star puts spinal cord injuries in the spotlight


Did you know more than 350 new cases of spinal cord injury are reported each year? That's nearly one every day. Liz Watson, a netball player with the Melbourne Vixens, recently joined us to learn more about spinal cord injuries and the devastating impact it has on lives. More

DASSI and Independence Australia set to join forces


Two of Victoria’s largest disability service agencies, DASSI and Independence Australia, have signed an agreement to merge. Both DASSI and Independence Australia are community service agencies that focus on assisting people with disabilities to live full and independent lives. More

Tim McCallum


At the start of July Tim McCallum, a good friend and supporter of Independence Australia, auditioned for the latest series of The Voice Australia. Tim put on a wonderful performance and even brought Jessie J to tears. After joining Ricky’s team, Tim has been working hard to keep his spot in the competition. More

Marie Little OAM Shield


The torch of Marie Little OAM’s legacy shone brightly at the national netball tournament for athletes with an intellectual disability named in her honour. Despite defeat, the Independence Australia Victorian All Abilities State Team held their heads high and made the most of the opportunity to compete against New South Wales and South Australia in Adelaide. More

Phillip Island visit


For  a group of Independence Australia consumers, the sun shone brightly in the midst of winter recently as they enjoyed some valuable time away at the scenic Phillip Island. The group, all with a disability, enjoyed a much needed holiday along with their carers. More

Independence Australia Education Days


The Independence Australia Education Day is a FREE event for health professionals and carers to explore the world of continence, wounds and funding. The day will review case studies and best practice, and will give you the opportunity to speak to industry experts. More

All Abilities State Team


For the 2015 netball season Independence Australia continues its support of Netball Victoria and the All Abilities State Team. Netball Victoria strives to give every Victorian the opportunity to play netball. All Ability Netball provides that chance for people with a disability to participate in local clubs and associations. More

Westpac bank volunteers


When two teams of volunteers from the Westpac Bank took part in working bees at two of our community houses recently they certainly illustrated that team work really does get results. Eight volunteers kindly give their time, energy and talents to complete much needed jobs at the Coburg and Williamstown properties. More

Wings for Life World Run


Last Sunday runners all around the world came together for the Wings for Life World Run. 101,280 registered athletes took to the streets in 35 cities for a truly global race. What makes the race unique is that all runners set off at the same time, 11am UTC (9pm AEST). As if that wasn’t enough, the race has no finish line. More

TAC Independence Cup final


Independence Australia was thrilled to once again be the recipient charity for Melbourne Victory’s recent clash against Central Coast Mariners. On Sunday 26 April the two teams played for the annual TAC Independence Cup in the final round of the Hyundai A-League. More

Scholarship opportunity


Take the first step towards a new career and apply for a scholarship to complete a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment today. You can then become a qualified trainer in your chosen field of interest. More

TAC Independence Cup


Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners will play for the annual TAC Independence Cup when the two teams meet at AAMI Park on Sunday. More

Westpac Volunteers


When a team of volunteers from Westpac visited our Mt Dandenong Road house recently to undertake some much needing gardening, it really was a team effort. More

David Maxwell


Hello, my name is David Maxwell and I’ve been a Case Manager at Independence Australia for seven years now. In that time I’ve had the opportunity to watch Independence Australia evolve from Paraquad Victoria into an organisation where consumer choice is at the centre of everything we do. More

Entertainment Books from Independence Australia


If you like dining out, why not combine your passion for good food and entertainment with a practical way to support Independence Australia all at the same time? More

Judi Potts


When Judi Potts moved from the city to the bush it was meant to be a time of positive change and new opportunities. “I made the tree change when I retired expecting it is to be a chance to change the direction of my life,” recalled Judi. More

Andrew Daddo


For the past month we have been encouraging staff, donors and supporters alike to vote for Andrew Daddo on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Unfortunately after four long weeks in the jungle Andrew was evicted on Sunday. More

A mini-break to Lorne


The beautiful seaside town of Lorne recently played host to five consumers and some support workers from Independence Australia, as they enjoyed a much needed mini-break. More

Disability Support Workers


As a Support Worker, you develop skills and gain experience by working hands on with consumers and with other support workers. But if you’re looking to take the next step in your career and want to develop your expertise... what’s next? More

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here


Channel Ten’s new reality show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here premiered on Sunday night, introducing the eager contestants to over 1 million viewers. Included in the line-up was friend of Independence Australia, Andrew Daddo. More

Lonely Planet Accessible Melbourne


With Accessible Melbourne you can now explore Melbourne’s best wheelchair-friendly restaurants and shops, get active with accessible sports, as well as discover new activities and enjoy day trips with ease. More

New corporate website


It’s with great excitement that we unveil our new corporate website to you. Aside from an updated look, it’s now easier to understand our services, products and capabilities. You’ll be able to dig deeper into who we are, what we do, and how we help people with disabilities and the elderly. More

Rob from SpinChat joins the team


In 2008 Rob had a motorbike accident that changed his life forever. He hit a car head on and broke approximately 60% of the bones in his body. Rob had suffered a spinal cord injury and now faced life as a complete paraplegic. More

Disability Sport & Recreation Festival 2014


International Day of People with Disability took place on Wednesday 3 December, and to celebrate we hosted a stall at the Disability Sport & Recreation Festival. More

Think before you jump or dive


Nazim Erdem in conjunction with Parks Victoria and Independence Australia is reminding Victorians to think before they jump or dive from piers and jetties this summer to minimise the risk of spinal cord injury. More



You might have heard that today is #GivingTuesday - so we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to those who have given in the past; our wonderful supporters, volunteers, donors and staff. More



Helping others is a core principal of Freemasonry. So, it is no wonder that Victorian Freemasons have banded together to support Independence Australia. More

Disability Sport & Recreation Festival


Wednesday 3 December is International Day of People with Disability and taking place at Federation Square on this day is the annual Disability Sport & Recreation Festival. More

Independence Australia


Independence Australia is appalled by media reports relating to the sexual assault and abuse of a number of people living with a disability in Victoria. Our thoughts are with those individuals and their families who have been subject to such treatment. More

Daddo Charity Golf Day


On Friday 21 November the 2014 Daddo Charity Golf Day took place at the stunning Moonah Links Resort on the Mornington Peninsula. A record breaking 196 golfers registered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Independence Australia fundraiser. More

Accessibility Weekend 2014


The weekend of the 15 -16 November saw Victoria's most popular tourist attractions open their doors for Accessibility Weekend 2014. Organised by Independence Australia and celebrating its 10th year, the event was once again a great success. More

2015 All Abilities squad


The Independence Australia Victorian All Abilities Squad has appointed their Coach and Team Manager for next year's national netball competition, the Marie Little OAM Shield, and are now looking for netballers to represent the state and defend the title in 2015. More

Polio Day 2014


Following on from World Polio Day (24 October) Independence Australia and Polio Network Victoria hosted their annual Polio Day on Saturday 25 October. Held at The Rocks in Williamstown, Polio Day saw more than 80 polios from across the state in attendance. More

Accessibility Weekend 10th year


Independence Australia has teamed up with Victoria's favourite tourist attractions to host Accessibility Weekend (November 15 - 16). Now in its tenth year, Accessibility Weekend will see over 20 attractions across Victoria open their doors for free to wheelchair users and a carer. More

Australian Spinal Injury Alliance


Today the Australian Spinal Injury Alliance launches its vision, and approach to deliver a National Spinal Cord Injury Strategy that will lay the foundation for better outcomes,both social and economic, for all Australians who have sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI). More

Bunnings Altona team


Residents and staff at Independence Australia's Williamstown house received a special visit from the Bunnings Altona team in September. To celebrate the move to their new larger warehouse, Bunnings Altona surprised us with a garden blitz in the front yard of the Williamstown house. More

Victorian All Abilities team


Last weekend The Victorian All Abilities netball team successfully defended its title in a thrilling final game of the Marie Little OAM Shield. The tournament sees netballers from across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia compete. More

Celebrating Independence in Barwon


Independence Australia recently hosted 'Celebrating Independence in Barwon', a free event which brings together people with a disability, their families and carers, Support Workers and other sector professionals. More

Lonely Planet Accessible Melbourne e-book


The team at Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel content provider, has announced their intention to publish an Accessible Melbourne e-book. But they need your help to make this guide as good as it can possibly be! More

Independence Australia All Abilities State Team


Independence Australia recently partnered with Netball Victoria in their search for the 2014 netball All Abilities Team. More

Independence Australia SpinChat video


Independence Australia's spinal cord injury awareness program SpinChat, has launched a new video this month. More

Independence Australia at Grill'd


Independence Australia has been chosen as one of the Local Matters charities at Grill'd Carlton for the month of April. More

Entertainment Books from Independence Australia


You can now purchase your 2014-2015 Entertainment Book through Independence Australia. You'll recieve hundreds of 2-for-1 offers and be helping to support people living with a disability. More

A coastal escape to Mornington Peninsula


A group of consumers and support workers enjoyed a seaside escape on the Mornington Penninsula recently, thanks to the generosity of donors. More

Emma Road gardening bee team


Residents at Independence Australia's Emma Road house were recently joined by a team of volunteers from Bunnings Warehouse and RACV for a gardening bee. More

Independence Cup 2014


Independence Australia was delighted to be the recipient charity for the Independence Cup, the A-league soccer match played between Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners on Friday 7 March. More

Marie hopes to walk again


In 2008 Marie Mahony suffered a spinal cord injury after falling from bed. Just two months after her wedding, doctors told her she was quadriplegic and would never move again. "But I don't believe in the word 'never'," Marie said. More