Annual Report 2015
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Over the past few years, we've known that our services and supports would need to change in order for us to respond to the needs of our customers and to embrace the reforms taking place across disability services with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This year we have made significant advancements towards changing our organisation and making sure Activ is ready for the future. We strongly believe these changes, whilst challenging in some circumstances, will provide many more opportunities for people living with disability as they gain greater choice and control over the way the like, and want, to be supported. 

Whilst we have made enormous change this year, one area of transformation we are most proud of is our move to a person centred, individualised type of support, allowing us the opportunity and flexibility to mould our supports to the needs and wants of the people accessing them. We hope in the not too distant future to see people living with disability shaping the supports they need in order to achieve the goals they set. Our role is to assist in providing this support as we embark on a life journey of achievement and accomplishment.

Many achievements and stories are highlighted throughout our Annual Report, both online and the complete downloadable copy optimised for maximum accessibility and text-to-talk readers, and many more can be found throughout our website.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, not only for supporting Activ, but also for supporting people living with disability in our community. 

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Tony Vis, Chief Executive Officer


Our support

More than 1,300 dedicated and committed staff members supported people living with disability as they worked towards achieving their goals. 

We supported:

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Our inspiration

It is the stories and achievements of our people that have inspired the work we have done for more than 60 years and drive us to continue this work into the future. Here are just a few examples of the successes that our staff have contributed to:

inspiration Yarrow house
  Shared dreams in Yarrow
In December 2014 four young men took a huge step towards their independence when they moved into Yarrow House in Beechboro… (read more 
inspiration Tinashe    Tinashe’s drive to success
Tinashe Antonyo came to Activ with a special goal – to learn to drive. Starting with Activ Individualised Services in January 2015 after graduating high school, Tinashe was committed to getting his license… (read more
inspiration Neville   Neville’s daily run
Activ Transport staff member Neville Collard’s daily bus run through Perth’s Southern Suburbs is the most fulfilling part of his job… (read more)
inspiration Marie   Marie blossoms at work
Marie Nicotra first came to Activ for work experience while still at school, so she was thrilled to be offered permanent position at Business Services… (read more) 


Our thanks

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To our volunteers

The support we offer is bolstered by the incredible generosity of our volunteers who this year contributed more than 30,000 hours of support to more than 500 people living with disability.

Our heartfelt thank go out to each and every volunteer who works so tirelessly and with such dedication to supporting others as they pursue a better life.

thanks to our fundraising icon   To our fundraisers 

The generosity of the Western Australian community has provided support to Activ for over 60 years and in turn has allowed Activ to increase its support to people living with disability.

This year Activ received almost $1,300,000 thanks to the incredible support of its fundraisers, donors and community. 

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To our community supporters

Our major fundraising event, the Chevron City to Surf for Activ, saw more than 47,000 participants take part walking, wheeling, jogging or running the courses in Karratha, Geraldton, Busselton, Albany and Perth in July and August 2014. 

Celebrating its 40th anniversary and encouraging participants to go retro the event was broadcast live on Channel 9 Perth for the first time in the event’s history. 

In addition to the funds raised through registrations, participants also fundraised $581,530 for more than 140 causes across Australia. 



We’re building on our foundations

As choice and control is put into the hands of our customers the decisions they make, for the supports they want, will guide the future of our organisation. As those we support change day to day, so too do the supports and services we offer. This year we’ve made a concerted effort to build on our foundations in order to create the Activ of the future.

Here’s a few ways we have transformed:

Person centered icon   We’ve embedded a person centred practise to support customers to develop whole of life plans based on their needs, wants, desires and goals for the future. Each plan identifies the type of support customers wish to receive, what they hope to achieve throughout the coming year and the milestones they hope to reach and surpass. More than 60% of customers accessing services and supports from Activ now have a person centred plan that they are working towards.  
navigating the NDIS icon    We’ve been navigating the NDIS / My Way landscape, integrating the implications of each trial into operational practices and building relationships with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS) and Disability Services Commission (DSC) to ensure Activ are appropriately positioned to provide sustainable supports and services into the future. 
strategic plan icon   We rolled out our new Strategic Plan, Activ8, across the organisation with the release of our Blueprint in July 2014. Work followed, and continues, to embed Activ’s Vision, Purpose, Manifesto, Values, Strategies and Goals for the next three years to ensure staff, employees and customers are aware of our future direction and committed to their part in the journey. 
Activ 8 icon   To support our Strategic Plan we developed and released our Activ8 Values Recognition Program in late 2014 aimed at embedding Activ’s revised Values across the organisation, translating each Value into everyday life and bringing all Values to life in Activ’s diverse and disperse workplaces. 
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  We reviewed our Connecting with Activ framework and ran a communication survey with all employees, customers, families and guardians to determine their level of connectedness with our organisation. The survey also provided the opportunity to understand future communication needs and requirements of this community to inform and shape the way Activ communicates in the future.  
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  In-line with the Connecting with Activ review and changes to the Activ Constitution, a Friends of Activ community engagement framework was developed to guide how we engage to create deeper, more mutually beneficial relationships with our customers, their families and carers. Stakeholders will be kept informed of activities and news within Activ in a way that is meaningful and relevant to them and will be given the opportunity to give ongoing and systematic feedback.  
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  We redeveloped our Registered Training Organisation, Activ Pathways, to build on its existing program base and deliver an extended range of training options to a wider audience, in a financially viable and sustainable training model. 
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  We developed the role of our Client Services team to provide a central point of contact for people entering or accessing supports and services. Our intention is to create a central point of contract to increase our ability to support a customers’ whole of life, person centred plan by increasing their exposure to the range of supports on offer throughout Activ.  
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  We implemented an integrated client management system that provides a single source of truth for all customer information and records as well as giving us the ability to support and manage individual funding for our customers. 
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  We renewed our focus on leadership development for senior and front line leaders with a refreshed leadership forum series, offering skills acquisition via a combination of self-awareness tools and practical and accountable participation in organisational initiatives. 
library resources icon    We supported the community through the provision of disability related learning and educational resources in the Activ Library in Wembley. In addition to the learning resources the library also hosted a range of community events including a morning tea for International Day of People with Disability, a series of workshops facilitated by Dolly Bhargava, disability speech pathologist, on understanding and supporting people with autism, communication intervention and promoting emotional literacy as well as an ‘Assistance dog’ workshop profiling the role assistance dogs have in the disability community.  



We've been led by

Our Board 

Andrew Edwards
Tina Thomas
Stephanie Black
Ian Brown
Julie Cox
Craig Knox  
Andrew Edwards
Tina Thomas
Stephanie Black 
Ian Brown 
Julie Cox 
Craig Knox-Lyttle   
 Deputy President 
(Grace Juliette)  
Neil Guard
Tony Vis
Leonie Walker
Neil Guard 
Tony Vis, CEO
Leonie Walker OAM


Our Executive

Tony Vis  Danielle Newport  Shane Mauger  Mark Furr  Jonathan Thomas  Michael Bowd     
 Tony Vis, CEO Danielle Newport  Shane Mauger  Mark Furr  Jonathan Thomas  Michael Bowd     




Our finances

Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June 2015

financial tab of 30 june 2015



Sincere thanks to our community partners and affiliates

Honorary Officers


Kerry Sanderson
  • Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO Governor of Western Australia

Vice Patrons

  • Mayor Russell Aubrey, City of Melville 
  • Mayor Tracey Roberts, City of Wanneroo
  • Mayor John Gangell, Town of Bassendean
  • Mayor Barry Sammels, City of Rockingham
  • Mayor Dave Griffiths, City of Gosnells
  • Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, City of Perth
  • Mayor Heather Henderson, City of Subiaco
  • Mayor Ian Stubbs, City of Busselton



  • Mayor Max Hipkins, City of Nedlands
  • Mayor Marina Vergone, City of Mandurah
  • Mayor Logan Howlett, City to Cockburn
  • Mayor Dennis Wellington, City of Albany
  • Mayor Troy Pickard, City of Joondalup
  • Mayor Simon Withers, Town of Cambridge
  • Mayor Ron Yuryevich RFD AM, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • Mayor Giovanni Italiano JP





  • Mr M. Blanchard, AM, JP
  • Mrs M. Stern, OAM
  • Mr C Carle

  • Mr M. Blanchard, AM, JP
  • Mrs M. Stern, OAM
  • Mr C Carle
  • Mrs R Reeves
  • Mrs L. Walker
  • Mr M Gurry

  • Mr J Francks
  • Mrs H. Costigan
  • Mr A Howarth

Honorary Life Governors

  • Mr Murray Blanchard, AM, JP
  • Mr John Francks
  • Mrs Leonie Walker
  • Mrs Hazel Costigan OAM
  • Mr Vernon Clifford Hollett


  • Mr Ernest J. Pearce
  • Mrs Frances Ray Reeves
  • Ms Shirley Booth
  • Mrs Maida Stern
  • Mr Colin Carle


  • Mrs Jill Hollett
  • Mrs Dawn Daw
  • Mrs Chris Walter
  • Mr Ken Booth


Honorary Life Members

  • Mr Matthew Battrick
  • Mr James Silvester Geary
  • Mrs Heather Greenlees
  • Mrs Ruby Broom
  • Mrs Beryl Forbes
  • Mrs Nancy Marsh
  • Mrs Gaye B Brown
  • Mrs Maxine Joy Hebiton
  • Mrs Barbara Jean Carle
  • Mrs Pamela Carrier

  • Mrs Elaine Coope
  • Mrs Ivy Jean Drinkwater
  • Mrs Pamela Fleming
  • Mrs Ellen C Samson
  • Mr Kenneth Elmore Nylander
  • Mrs Nola Mumme
  • Mr Jo Leece
  • Mrs Vera Regan
  • Mr Leonadus Schaper
  • Mr Cecil John Tremain
  • Mrs Barbara Whitmore

  • Mrs Quentin Iffla
  • Mr Ralph A. Stone
  • Mr Peter Wahlsten
  • Mr AJ Myers
  • Mrs Pamela Keogh
  • Mrs Mavis Read
  • Mrs Leah Leece
  • Mr John Keogh
  • Mrs Norma Pratt
  • Ms Antoinette Kath Schaper
  • Mrs Ethel May Tremain

Thank You

We are sincerely grateful to the organisations and individuals who have supported us throughout the year. Your generosity means we can continue to provide quality services to people with disabilities and their families in Western Australia.





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