Independent Disability Services – About us

A history of Independent Disability Services (IDS)

IDS was established in 1986 to assist people with a disability transition from an institutional model of accommodating people that had been in place since 1880.

Our philosophy has always been one of client empowerment and self-determination. IDS employees all share a commitment to offer our clients choice in their support services, assisting them to live as they choose in the community. The IDS team are dedicated to meeting our client’s needs across housing support, individualised support, financial intermediary services and case management.

We continue to pursue innovative housing options such as independent and transitional living programs through our share houses in Montmorency. We also provide independent living through our fully self-contained apartments in Greenwood.  This provides independent living accommodation to six people who otherwise would have been at home with family or institutionalised.

Recognising the importance of appropriately paid employment in roles that offer genuine career opportunities we established IDS Business Services. A social enterprise that offers genuine training and employment opportunities to people with a disability in bookkeeping and business services. The program recognises Australia’s poor performance in the employment of people with a disability that directly impacts on their socio-economic status, with 45% living near or below the poverty line.

IDS is a registered provider with DHHS, NDIS, TAC and WorkSafe.