People with disability

We are committed to assisting people with disability in Yarra, and increasing their representation and participation in the community.

Our goal is to provide support services to protect and enhance the health, wellbeing and independence of people with disability.

We provide services for people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS, and people with disability over 65 who are eligible for home based services.

The Disability Royal Commission Update

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commenced its hearings with the first Public Sitting on 16 September 2019 in Brisbane. You can access webcast and transcripts from this sitting.

The royal Commission will conduct hearing check which one is most relevant for you to attend.

People With Disability In Australia Report

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) produced a report examining disability in Australia. This report brings together information from a range of national data sources. You can access the report on the AIHW website

  • Access and inclusion plan

    Learn more about our access and inclusion plan.

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  • Disability Advisory Committee

    Find out more about the Disability Advisory Committee and how you can join our meetings.

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  • Other support services

    Including community transport

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  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

    Find out more about the NDIS and how it applies to you.

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  • Services for people under 65

    See our services that we offer for people under 65 with disability.

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  • Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres

    Mostly run by volunteers providing a variety of programs and activities for the community.

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Support for carers

We care about your wellbeing and the wellbeing of those you care for, and we aim to assist you and your household to maintain your preferred lifestyle and independence.

We are only a phone call away for practical support, guidance and services such as respite care.

Companion Card

The Companion Card is issued by the Victorian government to people with a significant permanent disability, who are unable to access most community activities and venues without an attendant support.

We are affiliated with the Companion Card program and we allow carers entry to our leisure centres at no cost.

Carer Card

Apply for a Carer Card to receive discounts and benefits including free public transport on Sundays.   

 Recreational Respite Programs 

Milparinka provides recreational respite programs for people  who live in the cities of Yarra, Darebin, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley. These programs provide planned respite through recreation and leisure activities during weekends, holidays and some evenings.

For young carers

Carers Victoria's Young Carer Scholarship program gives young carers attending secondary school the opportunity to be acknowledged for their contributions to their family and the community and to participate in school or community based activities that enhance their skills, educational achievement and abilities, or that help them to participate more fully in their community.


MetroAccess is a Victorian government initiative that aims to make communities more welcoming and inclusive to people with disability. Services offered through MetroAccess complement mainstream services including health, education and transport.

MetroAccess specifically supports people with disability who live in metropolitan Melbourne. Our approach recognises that the issues you experience in the city are different to those experienced in regional and rural environments.

How does MetroAccess work?

The MetroAccess program supports developing the capacity of people with a disability in our community. Some of the things programs we offer include:

  • Tips for making your business more accessible to educate and support local businesses to improve accessibility in their premises
  • Providing recharge facilities for motorised scooters in local libraries and encouraging businesses to install similar recharge facilities
  • Assisting community groups that apply for our grants to make their event or community program more accessible and inclusive to people with disabilities.

To contact our  MetroAccess Officer call 9205 5555 or email us on

Events and activities

Let’s Talk About Sex

Let's Talk about Sex is a three-hour sexuality and relationships forum for people with disability and those who support them, including their family members, friends and staff working in the disability sector.

The forum is hosted by cohealth with the support of City of Yarra, Darebin City Council and Melbourne Polytechnic.

To register, visit Eventbrite or contact Meredith Drinkell, Health Promotion Officer, cohealth on 03 9448 6302 or at

Positive Powerful Parents

Positive Powerful Parents is a self advocacy group run by parents with intellectual disability.  Positive Powerful Parents are hosting a morning tea event and want to invite other parents with intellectual disability to come along and connect.  

The morning tea event is on:

When: Thursday 17th October 2019

Time: 10am - 12pm.

Where: Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne


Syndromes Without a Name (SWAN)

Syndromes Without a Name (SWAN) is inviting all to its inaugural conference. 

When: Saturday 19 October 2019
Time: 9 am to 2.30 pm
Where: Royal Children Hospital, Ella Latham Theatre, 50 Flemington Rd, Parkville 3052

For further information contact SWAN or call 0404 280 441. If you are interested in attending visit the Eventbrite


Are you a young person aged over 18 years with a disability or mental health issue that wants to see live music? Want to meet a person who has the same musical interest as you? Bandmates is the program for you.




Milparinka provides recreational respite programs for people  who live in the cities of Yarra, Darebin, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley. Escapades programs provide planned respite through recreation and leisure activities during weekends, holidays and some evenings

Bush Connections: linking people with disabilities to the bush

In Melbourne disability service Milparinka based in Brunswick and Richmond uses forest therapy for people with a disability. Bush connections currently run on Mondays and Sundays and individual arrangements are by appointment. If you are interested in joining the program or find out more, contact

Access for All Abilities

RecLink Australia is funded by the Access for All Abilities program to act as the first point of call for people with disabilities looking for sporting opportunities, through the provision of Access for All Abilities Play. AAA Play is a free information and referral service.

Visit the AAA Play website or call today to discover the range of sports and active recreation activities close to your home for people of all abilities.

Disability Sports and Recreation

Disability Sports and Recreation work with Victorians with a disability to have equal opportunities to take part in sport and recreational activities they want to participate in.   

YMCA Camping Escapes

YMCA offers the chance for everyone to travel and experience active recreation

Weave Movement Theatre

As well as producing new works, Weave present workshops and training days designed to engage people with a disability in the arts and build the capacity of the arts sector to include people of all abilities.

Weave workshops aim to encourage people with and without a disability to explore new ways of moving, to be creative and challenge assumptions about the abilities, ideas and possibilities of working with people who have a disability. These workshops and training days are available for:

  • organisations which work in the field of disability and/or the arts
  •  people with a disability
  • recreation workers, and
  • dance practitioners


Scope offers sports, arts and social activities


Inkrewsive is a very unique program which supports artists to gain skills, become independent and receive occasional payment from performing in public gigs etc. Participants engage in professional art making experiences working with rap, beat making, dance and making music video clips. 

Community groups

Our MetroAccess Officer can provide information to support you to make your group or organisation more inclusive and accessible contact our  MetroAccess Officer call 9205 5555 or email us on

National Relay Service

TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for 9205 5555.

Speak & Listen users (speech-to-speech relay) phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 9205 5555.

Internet relay users connect to the National Relay Service online and then ask for 9205 5555.

For further information call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email