Ability First Australia welcomes Cerebral Palsy Australia

Ability First Australia welcomes Cerebral Palsy Australia

27, August 2014

Ability First Australia is delighted to announce that as of 1 July 2013, Ability First Australia and Cerebral Palsy Australia have joined forces to create one of Australia’s largest national Not for Profit Organisations.


Ability First Australia is one of Australia's largest Not for Profit Organisations representing the national interests of 8 of Australia's leading disability service providers.

Cerebral Palsy Australia is the national peak body of organisations that work with people with cerebral palsy and people with similar disabilities and their carers.

The Merger

There are many synergies between both organisations but the overarching strength of joining forces was to boost the size and strength of the membership, create a stronger national brand for promotion, awareness raising, cost efficiencies, strategic alliances both domestically and globally and advocacy. Member organisations also share information and best practice, benefit from economies of scale and ensure research and learnings which all benefit people with disability.

Ability First Australia now has a membership of 12 of Australia’s largest disability service providers that support a total of $420 million worth of services to over 150,000 clients and their families in every state and territory of Australia.

This new collaboration brings together a membership representing Australia’s most respected and oldest organisations who have been delivering care and support services to disability for between 50 to 85 years.

“This merger positions Ability First Australia as one of the largest national disability organisations in the country. The launch of Disability Care Australia marks a significant milestone for people with Disability in this country giving them the opportunities to shape their own lives. Ability First Australia and its members are committed to creating an inclusive society and delivering the highest quality of care with respect and dignity to all Australians including our indigenous communities. By building strong partnerships within the community, Ability First Australia is assisting and encouraging people with a disability to live inspiring lives” said Andrew Rowley, Ability First Australia CEO.

Ability First Australia members are as follows:

  • CARA – SA
  • Carpentaria Disability Services – NT
  • Cerebral Palsy League – QLD
  • Cootharinga – QLD
  • Montrose Access – QLD
  • Northcott Disability Services – NSW & ACT
  • Novita Children's Services – SA
  • Polio Australia - VIC
  • Rocky Bay – WA
  • Scope – VIC
  • St Giles – TAS
  • The Centre for Cerebral Palsy – WA

For further information on Ability First Australia please visit

For media enquires please contact Andrew Rowley CEO Ability First Australia
0437 800 337