Our Journey

At Scope, we are proud of our history and the values our organisation was founded on.

Scope was founded over 70 years ago in 1948, by families who wanted better support for their children with cerebral palsy.

Without a service provider who would take their children on, the families banded together to create a not-for-profit organisation that believed in the potential of every individual, regardless of the complexity of their disability. 

As the children they supported thrived and grew, so did the organisation. It extended its services to include adults with a disability.

By 2001, the organisation was officially named Scope, reflecting the core belief of our founding families — with the right support every person has scope to achieve their goals in life.

Today, we’re one of the largest not-for-profit disability service providers in Australia, supporting thousands of people with complex intellectual, physical, and multiple disabilities.

Our mission is to enable each person we support to live as an equal and empowered citizen.

We remain driven by our values, encapsulated in the Scope Approach. These values are integrated into the fabric of everything we do. Simply and clearly articulated, they are See The Person, Do It Together, Do It Right, and Do It Better.

We offer a wide range of supports and services, to enable people of all ages to achieve their goals. We are a registered NDIS provider and have supported people to successfully transition to the NDIS since its inception in 2013.

Some of our key services include Supported Independent Living, Therapy, Early Childhood Intervention, Short Term Accommodation and Day and Lifestyle Options.

We adhere to government standards and have achieved accreditation under the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework. We work within this framework when planning, delivering, and evaluating our services.

Scope has been active in research for more than 30 years, which helps us deliver positive outcomes. We’ve also led the way in working with corporate and government organisations to remove barriers to social inclusion, through our pioneering work in Communication Access.

In 2018, these credentials and community leadership resulted in the Victorian Government transferring additional services to Scope.

Scope was selected through a competitive process to deliver supported independent living services to residents living in 226 specialist disability accommodation houses and participants accessing 12 short-term accommodation and assistance services across Victoria.

In 2019, Home@Scope was established as a wholly owned subsidiary to manage the transferring services and support their transition to the NDIS. Home@Scope remains an integral part of Scope, operating with the same values and approach to high quality services.

As we look to the future, the vision and determination of those early families drives us on. It is our intent to continue delivering customer-driven services and sustainable growth to be a market leading national service provider by 2022.

At Scope, we see the person not the disability.