Who we are

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Who we are

The Tipping Foundation is one of Victoria’s most established not-for-profit providers of disability and community services for people with disability, and for young people who are vulnerable.

Our organisation was established in 1970 to continue the work of Edmond William “Bill” Tipping, a prominent Melbourne journalist, social commentator and disability advocate.

Since then, we have grown to be one of the largest providers of services to people with a disability and young people who are vulnerable in Victoria. We employ around 1300 staff who work with, and support, people with disability and their families and carers right across Victoria.

Our purpose

We work together with people who have disability. We listen and respond effectively to meet agreed goals. This is The Tipping Way.

Our vision

Our enduring vision is to create inclusive communities where everyone has a fair go. We will provide exceptional experiences for people with disability and enable them to achieve their goals.


Our value – Respect

We respect each other by:

  • Believing in human potential
  • Acting with integrity
  • Listening actively
  • Learning and developing through experience

Our core values are respect, believing in human potential, acting with integrity and learning and developing through experience.

The services we provide are focused on each individual client and their needs and goals, whether through disability services in their homes, residential accommodation, respite, or community access.

We work together with you and your family to plan and deliver a comprehensive range of support services that enable you to live your life as you would like to.

To find our more, visit our services section, or meet some of our clients and hear their stories.

We are a proud provider of services for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

E.W. (Bill) Tipping


E.W. (Bill) Tipping was a Walkley Award winning journalist with The Herald in the 1950s and 60s. He wrote about a wide range of topics from world events through to home-grown social justice issues, advocating for people experiencing disadvantage, in particular people with disability and their families. Bill himself was the father of a son with a disability.

Bill wrote about the unacceptable conditions at Kew Cottages, and of the plight facing the family of an intellectually disabled boy, ‘Michael’. He passionately believed that more could be done and that people with a disability deserved better. Through his column he garnered community support and tapped into the vulnerability of families who have a loved one with a disability. He understood that people do want an answer to the heart-rending question, “what will happen to my family when I am no longer able to care for them?”

Many Victorians felt passionately about this and close to 1700 people turned up at a meeting at Melbourne Town Hall in 1970 to discuss the issue. As a result of these discussions, The (E.W.) Tipping Foundation was born. While attitudes towards people with a disability have progressed since that time, The Tipping Foundation has continuously advocated and supported people with a disability.


The Tipping Foundation prides itself on providing quality care. We aim to meet and exceed your expectations of us as your service provider. We take our responsibilities very seriously and regularly conduct self audits as well as participating in independent audits to assess our service standards. We operate on a continuous improvement model incorporating best practice and evidence-based approaches.

We have a team of Practice Leaders dedicated to quality, compliance and customer service. Our Practice Leaders constantly review and assess our programs and services to see what’s working well and where we can improve. Achievement of ISO 9001 Quality Management System to the Victorian Department’s Human Services Standards demonstrates our commitment to quality of care and service.



We have been at the forefront of promoting zero tolerance to abuse. The Tipping Foundation’s stance against abuse was awarded a Disability Sector Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Rights Promotion.