The Living with Disability Centre is highly collaborative – with established links across La Trobe University, other universities and a wide range of industry partners and funders.

LiDs partners with an evolving range of collaborators who work with us to design and implement research and (at times) provide funding. They are also important in helping LiDs to trial education and training packages developed through our research, as well as frequently assisting with the dissemination of our findings to stakeholders to increase the impact of our research. Our university collaborators come from across Australia including the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology and the University of New South Wales.

Who We Work With

Government (State and Commonwealth)

  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
  • Department of Human Services (Victoria)
  • Department of Social Security National Insurance Disability Scheme
  • Department of State Development, Business and Innovation
  • Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • NSW - Department of Family and Community Services National Disability Research
  • NSW Family & Community ServicesResearch Data Working Group
  • NSW Trustee and Guardian
  • Office of the Public Guardian QLD
  • Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Queensland Office of the Public Guardian
  • The Public Advocate of Victoria
  • The Public Advocate Queensland
  • The Public Trustee of Queensland
  • Transport Accident Commission
  • Victorian Office of the Public Guardian

Industry - Disability Services

  • Annecto Inc.
  • Bayley house
  • Civic Disability Services Limited
  • Community Accommodation & Respite Agency (CARA)
  • Endeavour Foundation
  • Golden City Support Services
  • Greystanes Disability Services
  • House With No Steps
  • Hunter Primary Care
  • IdentityWA
  • Inclusion Melbourne
  • Jewish Care
  • Karingal Inc.
  • Marillac
  • Sunshine Home
  • Yooralla

Mainstream services such as health, education and transport

  • Melbourne Health
  • Epworth Health
  • V LINE

Industry Peak or Advocacy Bodies

  • National Disability Service
  • Principals' Association of Specialist School Victoria Inc

Philanthropic organisations

  • The Tipping Foundation
  • Melbourne City Mission
  • Summer Foundation
  • The Mason Foundation - Medical and Scientific Research Grants

Two of our team members, Professors Christine Bigby and Ellie Fossey are the state experts on the consortium to evaluate the NDIS. For more information please see