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DASSI and Independence Australia set to join forces

DASSI and Independence Australia set to join forcesTwo of Victoria’s largest disability service agencies, DASSI and Independence Australia, have signed an agreement to merge in October 2015.

Both DASSI and Independence Australia are community service agencies that focus on assisting people with disabilities to live full and independent lives with the care and support they need.

“In an increasingly competitive environment, in the lead up to the NDIS, organisations such as ours who are fully committed to our clients and putting care before profit need to be in a position of strength,” said Independence Australia Board Chair, Brian Meltzer.

“Our staff are the key to delivering quality services to people with disability and greatly value their commitment and expertise. A big change like a merger is a great opportunity to build on our combined strengths in the NDIS environment” said DASSI Board Chair, Dr Neil Cowen.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Independence Australia and DASSI to maximise our shared common values, visions and strengths. Both boards are committed to establishing a thriving new service which increases value to our clients and customers” said Mr Meltzer and Dr Cowen. 

Merging the two organisations will establish a new service that will continue to attract funding, support more clients and create a shared commitment to supporting people living with a disability, enabling them to regain and retain their independence.

Peter Turner, Independence Australia CEO and Charlotte Stockwell, DASSI CEO said, “As we transition to one organisation, business will continue as usual. The proposed merger will create a larger, more sustainable attendant care service, whilst maintaining individualised services, flexibility, choice and control for consumers. We are both pleased and excited about the opportunities this merger will create for our clients, our staff and our communities”.

Independence Australia and DASSI will consult with clients, consumers, staff and key stakeholders to shape the direction of the new service over the coming months.

For more information please contact:

Suzanne Ryan-Evers
Communications Manager
03 9418 0417

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