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
On 10 October, the Slow Learning Children’s Group (SLCG) was formed.
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
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
Pelican House short-term accommodation opened in Bayswater.
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
An Albany accommodation house opened to provide services to 21 children.
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
A Busselton accommodation house opened to provide services to five customers.
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
A new training centre for 60 customers opened in Fremantle.
1986 – Employment services expands in Perth
Activ opened the Embleton employment services site, providing employment to 30 supported employees.
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
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
New accommodation homes opened in High Wycombe, accommodating 44 customers.
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
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
Three new accommodation homes open in the North metro area.
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
The state-of-the-art Bentley Business Services building was completed, where over 400 customers now access employment services.
2018 – Transition to national NDIS
Activ began transitioning to the NDIS, from the previous state-run model.
2019 – Disability Royal Commission established
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established.
2019 – Independence strategy launched
Activ’s new strategy, focusing on supporting people to achieve greater independence, was announced.
2020 – COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant disruptions to Activ’s services, forcing the organisation to adapt to ensure continuity of service delivery.