Melba was established in 1972 by three families who needed day support for their children with disability. With generous support from the community, the Melba Centre opened in eastern Melbourne to support children with a disability. The Centre later expanded to also support adults with disabilities.
As disability services in Australia moved toward people being supported in their homes, not institutions, our name changed to Melba Support Services and we began providing homes for people with disabilities.
Melba is proud to have lobbied for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2013, which has given people with disabilities the opportunity to choose who they want to support them and to set and reach their own goals.
In 2015, we merged with Impact Support Services and began providing support to people in southern Melbourne. We then merged with Karden Disability Support Foundation in 2018 and began supporting people in the Ballarat area.
After successfully tendering to receive services transferring from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), we now support people across Gippsland, Southern Melbourne and the Central Highlands and Wimmera regions. Today, we support over 1200 people with disability across Victoria in their homes and within the community. We have grown from a small organisation into a large one, but we have kept our focus on human rights. We continue to deliver quality service to the people who choose us as their provider.
For nearly 50 years, we have supported people to dream big, be happy and do what they value.