14 November 2022

Life Without Barriers has released its 2021-22 Annual Report outlining the organisation’s work in partnering with more than 23,000 people across Australia.

In 2021-22, Life Without Barriers supported over 5,200 participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, around 5,000 children, young people and families, more than 8,000 older Australians and over 1,100 refugees and asylum seekers including unaccompanied minors.

Life Without Barriers Chief Executive, Claire Robbs said this year, a dedicated team of over 13,000 carers and staff have supported tens of thousands of Australians to improve lives and help give people more opportunities in how they live their lives in Australia.

“Life Without Barriers is first and foremost a service organisation in every sense of the word. We exist to deliver great services that enable people to embrace choice and control over the services they need and how they want to live in Australia,” Ms Robbs said.

“The stories reflected in the report are stories of true partnership. The impact we have as an organisation is only possible because of the trust placed in us by the people we support and their families and support networks. Through floods and the pandemic, there are remarkable stories of achievements by people across the entire country.

“One of the most significant collaborations we share in this report is the historic partnership with SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, which commits our organisation to progressively step away from providing out-of-home care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by 2031.”

Claire Robbs said partnerships have been the key ingredient in all of the organisation’s impacts for the year and have enabled the organisation to think differently about influencing policies that affect vulnerable Australians.

“Our relationships with industry experts, government, corporate Australia and sector colleagues have enabled our collective contribution to influence long-term policy, practice and decision-making to be truly impactful in the long term,” Ms Robbs said.

“This year, we have also created new and invaluable relationships with over 500 foster and kinship carers. We are immensely grateful to every carer in the Life Without Barriers Network that offers love, compassion and support to children and young people for as long as they need it.”

Access the 2021-22 Annual Report here.

Access the 2021-22 Year in Review here.

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