Our History

Our History

Activ has a strong and proud history of supporting people with intellectual disability to achieve their goals, break through barriers and increase their independence.

Established in 1951, Activ was formed by a group of families who wanted more for their children who lived with disability and had become marginalised by society.

Today, Activ has grown into one of Western Australia’s largest not for profit disability service providers, now supporting more than 1,800 people with disability across the state.

Take a look at our journey over the years as we celebrate 70 years of Activ!

1951 – Activ was founded

1951 – Activ was founded

On 10 October, the Slow Learning Children’s Group (SLCG) was formed. 

1954 – First community centre opens

1954 – First community centre opens

The first occupation centre in Victoria Park, Minbalup (meaning ‘happy place’) was opened on April 11. 

1957 – First employment site opens

1957 – First employment site opens

Established to employ people with disability, the opening of the Hawkevale Farm Village on 31 March was a major achievement for the Group.

1962 – Short-term accommodation services commence

1962 – Short-term accommodation services commence

Pelican House short-term accommodation opened in Bayswater. 

1964 – Employment site for women opens in Perth

1964 – Employment site for women opens in Perth

A new employment services site for women opened in Hay Street, Perth, and a contract to fill showbags for the Perth Royal Show was secured.

1968 – Accommodation house opens in Albany

1968 – Accommodation house opens in Albany

An Albany accommodation house opened to provide services to 21 children.

1975 – First City to Surf for Activ

1975 – First City to Surf for Activ

The first City to Surf fun run took place to raise funds for Activ.

1977 – Accommodation services offered in Busselton

1977 – Accommodation services offered in Busselton

A Busselton accommodation house opened to provide services to five customers.  

1981 – Providing employment in Rockingham and Kewdale

1981 – Providing employment in Rockingham and Kewdale

Employment services sites opened in Rockingham and Kewdale, providing employment to 60 and 75 people with disability, respectively.

1984 – Training centre opens in Fremantle

1984 – Training centre opens in Fremantle

A new training centre for 60 customers opened in Fremantle.  

1986 – Employment services expands in Perth

1986 – Employment services expands in Perth

Activ opened the Embleton employment services site, providing employment to 30 supported employees.  

1988 – SLCG becomes ‘Activ’

1988 – SLCG becomes ‘Activ’

The Group changes its name to Activ Foundation. ‘Activ’ was chosen as it is positive and non-labelling.   

2003 – A modern employment services site opens in Bunbury

2003 – A modern employment services site opens in Bunbury

In June, a modern employment services site was opened in Bunbury, and shortly after, the site gained export accreditation for timber products.

2003 – Accommodation homes open in High Wycombe

2003 – Accommodation homes open in High Wycombe

New accommodation homes opened in High Wycombe, accommodating 44 customers.  

2003 – New short-term accommodation site opens for children

2003 – New short-term accommodation site opens for children

The new Variety Pelican House opened to provide modern short-term accommodation services for up to 10 children.

2009 – Training and education offered through Activ Pathways

2009 – Training and education offered through Activ Pathways

Activ Pathways was established as a registered training organisation for people with disability and staff in the disability sector.

2009 – Accommodation homes open in North metro

2009 – Accommodation homes open in North metro

Three new accommodation homes open in the North metro area.

2013 – City to Surf regional events take place

2013 – City to Surf regional events take place

Regional City to Surf events were held for the first time in Karratha, Albany, Geraldton and Busselton.

2017 – More employment opportunities for Perth metro customers

2017 – More employment opportunities for Perth metro customers

The state-of-the-art Bentley Business Services building was completed, where over 400 customers now access employment services.  

2018 – Transition to national NDIS

2018 – Transition to national NDIS

Activ began transitioning to the NDIS, from the previous state-run model.

2019 – Disability Royal Commission established

2019 – Disability Royal Commission established

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established.

2019 – Independence strategy launched

2019 – Independence strategy launched

Activ’s new strategy, focusing on supporting people to achieve greater independence, was announced.  

We look forward to speaking with you.