AGAPI Care Inc is a not-for- profit organisation committed to delivering tailored services and supports to people with a disability in Victoria, to meet identified needs and goals.
Our services include Supported Independent Living, Short Term Accommodation & Assistance, In-home Support, Support Coordination, Specialist Support Coordination, Social & Community Participation, Plan Management, Independent Skills Development and are designed to support you to gain more independence, to be involved in your community and to achieve the things that matter to you the most.
You are at the centre of what we do. Our person-centred approach supports you and all of the important people in your life to make your goals a reality.
Integrity – Leadership
Quality – Respect
AGAPI Care was established in 1987 by a group of Greek-Australian parents who were unwavering in their belief that their children with a disability were entitled to the same access to programs and services as other members of the community without prejudice or disadvantage.
Faced with language and cultural barriers that hindered access to mainstream services for their children, the families created a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose was to provide information and support services including advocacy and referrals to people with a disability of Greek heritage and their families based on the recommendations of the Galbally Report of 1978 for multiculturalism:
- to ensure equal opportunity and equality of access to services for all members of society;
- that everyone should be able to maintain their own culture and be encouraged to understand others;
- that the needs of migrants, while they should ideally be met by mainstream programs and services; should in the short term be specially targeted in order to ensure equality of access and provision; and
- that services and programs should be designed and operated in full consultation with clients, with an emphasis on self-help to enable migrants to become self-reliant quickly.
Building on these principles and in direct response to the needs of the community AGAPI Care quickly extended its services to include all people with a disability.
In 1992 AGAPI Care expanded to provide direct client care with the opening of a Short Term Accommodation and Assistance Centre in Preston followed by a second Short Term Accommodation and Assistance Centre in Oakleigh in 2001. In 2010 the organisation established a long-term supported accommodation house in Preston and another in Clayton South in 2013 to meet the needs of its community for more Specialist Disability Accommodation options.
At every stage of development AGAPI Care has enjoyed the strong support of the community to not only raise funds to extend our services but to build awareness and promote cultural diversity and inclusion.
Our people are our strongest asset and we value the contribution of every employee.
We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality disability services to the people of Victoria.
Our people are committed to disability support and advocacy.
COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
AGAPI Care is governed by a Committee of Management. The role of the AGAPI Care Committee of Management is to provide strong governance and strategic guidance to the organisation.
The Committee operates in accordance with its Constitution and Governance Policies. The AGAPI Care Constitution was amended in 2014 in line with the Associations Incorporations Reform Act 2012 model rules and mandatory provisions.
The Constitution underpins our steadfast commitment to serve, support and advocate for people with disabilities to live the life they choose and demonstrates our resolve for good, responsive and effective governance.
The Committee of Management is composed of 9 members elected on the basis of their skills, expertise and suitability for the position. Committee Members are required to act honestly and in good faith in furthering the goals and objectives of AGAPI Care.
The Committee of Management delegates all operational responsibilities to the Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the organisation within the strategic direction as determined by the Committee of Management through the establishment of appropriate systems, services and outcomes for people with a disability and the families that we support.