About Us

Empowering lives, inspiring possibilities...

At OC Connections, we are passionate about creating a world where everyone, regardless of ability, is embraced and empowered to lead a fulfilling life.

For over 70 years, we have been at the forefront of providing innovative and person-centered support services for individuals with disabilities across Melbourne.

Our commitment to empowerment

At the heart of our mission is the belief that every person deserves the opportunity to thrive, grow, and pursue their dreams. We listen attentively, placing the individual’s goals, aspirations, and choices at the forefront of everything we do.

Through our dedicated team of professionals, we offer a comprehensive range of support options tailored to each individual’s unique needs, abilities, and interests.

A holistic approach to support

We understand that disability support goes beyond physical assistance. It encompasses every aspect of an individual’s life. That’s why we take a holistic approach, providing support that spans housing, employment, education, recreation, and more.

With a focus on fostering independence, promoting inclusion, and enhancing overall wellbeing, we strive to enable individuals to reach their full potential.

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Our Vision and Values

At OC Connections, our vision is to make a major, positive difference to the lives of people with disability and our community.

Our core values of Choice, Opportunity, Respect and Equality, guide everything we do. We are committed to upholding the dignity and rights of every individual we support, fostering a culture of inclusivity and understanding.

Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional support, treating each person with the utmost respect, and celebrating their unique strengths and achievements.

Choice

The ability to choose how to live is central to everyday life. People feel valued when given the chance to make choices and decisions about what matters most in their life.

Opportunity

Our inclusive services focus on the person and their individual needs. We create and provide opportunities for people to develop and grow, pursue goals and live as independently as possible.

Respect

We respect every person’s right to make choices, and to be heard.  We empower people to live life to the fullest and develop a sense of belonging, which encourages them to be active participants within their community.

Equality

We advocate for the disadvantaged, acknowledge a person’s right to live life with dignity and equality and celebrate the joy of diversity.

Our Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan for 2022 – 2025 focuses on Leadership, Innovation and Co-Creation. Our strategy is brought to life by 4 pillars that represent the breadth and depth of what we do:

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Join our community

We invite you to be a part of our vibrant and compassionate community. Whether you are an individual seeking support, a family member looking for care options, or a community partner interested in collaboration, OC Connections is here for you. Together, we can create a world where all individuals can live, learn, work, and thrive, irrespective of ability.

Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive range of support services and join us in our mission to empower lives and inspire possibilities.

Our History

OC Connections (OCC) has a long and respected history of supporting people living with an intellectual disability in Melbourne’s south east. 

From its humble beginnings in 1950 the organisation has grown to now provide supported employment, residential, social enterprise and recreational services to more than 400 people living with a disability.

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MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD

Team Leaders in Day Support have been trying out new, adaptable ways of increasing participant engagement in our recreational and educational programs. People living with

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Dinner Dance 2024

Lights twinkled, cameras flashed, and the stars aligned for a spectacular evening at Merrimu Receptions on Friday, 2 May 2024. Our Hollywood-themed dinner dance event was an unforgettable journey into the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown, where guests stepped into the spotlight and danced the night away.

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Elias’ First Marathon

In March, Elias participated in his very first marathon! Improving health and fitness has been an ongoing personal goal for Elias, a Team Leader at

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