Who we are

Who we are

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Who we are

Our client AaronThe 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 in honour 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 vision and purpose 

We work together with people with disability. Our enduring vision is to create inclusive communities where everyone has a fair go.

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

Our mission is to provide exceptional experiences for people with disability and enable them to achieve their goals. We listen and respond effectively to meet agreed goals. This is The Tipping Way.

Our services 

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, read our Strategic Plan or meet some of our clients and hear their stories.

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

Merger with House with No Steps

From March 1 2018, The Tipping Foundation has joined together with House with No Steps to become one organisation. This makes us Australia’s largest disability service provider, with over 100 years combined experience in providing the very best support to people with disability, their families and their carers.

Together we continue our commitment to ensuring people with disability receive the respect and opportunities they deserve. Together we will continue to do whatever it takes to inspire positive change, with our customers at the heart of everything we do.

E.W. (Bill) Tipping
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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 of accommodations for children with intellectual disabilities. He passionately believed more could be done, and that people with 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 to 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.

Lionel WattsHistory of HWNS

With a rich history spanning over 50 years, House with No Steps was founded in 1962 by Lionel Watts and his wife Dorothy.

Read more on the HWNS’ website >>


HDAA Certified ISO 9001:2008The 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. Our stance against abuse was awarded a Disability Sector Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Rights Promotion.

Our patron Linda DessauOur Patron

The Honourable Linda Dessau, AM, Governor of Victoria

Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM was sworn in as Victoria’s 29th Governor on 1 July 2015, and is the first female in the role. We are delighted that Governor Dessau is continuing in the tradition of her predecessor and is the Patron of The Tipping Foundation.

Throughout her impressive legal career The Honourable Linda Dessau has introduced change to the country in her work advocating for projects which have tackled family violence and child abuse. She believes a sense of belonging in your community and respect from others and for yourself are fundamental elements to resilience.