Linda and Shane

Our History

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.

The organisation changed names from Housing Resource and Support Service to Independent Disability Services (IDS), recognising the changing profile of the services offered in 2012. IDS is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation, supporting clients across metropolitan and country Victoria.

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, supporting six people who otherwise would be living at home with family who may not be able to provide appropriate support.

Recognising the importance of appropriately paid employment in roles that offer genuine career opportunities we established IDS Business Services.

IDS Business Services is 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 regarding 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.