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ILC Australia

Independent Living Centres Australia [ILCA] is a collective network with member ILC's from each Australian state. Each state organisation assists a wide range of people from all walks of life.

Each ILC provides a permanent and changing showroom of commercially available products and equipment suitable for people with special needs and the older person.

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Our history

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The Independent Living Centre (Tas) Inc. was founded in 1990 and opened its doors in Launceston in 1991. The organisation is indebted to the efforts of the founding members and volunteers who helped establish the Association.

ILC (Tas) Inc. mission was to provide information and advice for the community, training for sector staff and community focused health promotion activities to help increase awareness of the role of assistive technology for those with a disability or impairment.

In 2013, the emergence of the NDIS changed the way people with disability were able to access support and assistive technology. ILC (Tas) Inc. saw this as an opportunity to share the knowledge and expertise across sectors and initiated a community based Occupational Therapy service under the name ‘Equipify’.

The service continued to evolve and respond to the changes in the health and community services space. ILC (Tas) Inc. embraced the possibilities of Smart Home Technology and undertook several projects as ‘Smart AT’.

In 2018, ILC (Tas) Inc. opened a small service in Hobart and later in Ulverstone. This gave greater access to people across the state who may not have had the opportunity of accessing the service outside of our Mobile Outreach Service.

In 2020, ILC (Tas) Inc. opened a permanent office and showrooms in Hobart and Ulverstone, able to demonstrate the potential of the latest in assistive technology to the whole Tasmanian community.

Our current branding

ILC (Tas) Inc. also undertook a brand change in 2020. All separate names (Equipify and Smart AT) are now included as separate services but under the new umbrella brand Independent Living Centre Tasmania [ILCT].

ILCT continues to provide unbiased information and advice to the Tasmanian community regarding assistive technology. The organisation is grateful for the support of its members, partner organisations and healthcare suppliers around the state which enable ILCT to continue its mission.

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Quality assurance

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ILCT is committed to quality services and has been certified to ISO 9001 quality standards since 2010.

ILCT passed the National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS] audit in January 2021.

ILCT is a member of:

  • Council On The Ageing [COTA] Tasmania
  • Tasmanian Council of Social Service Inc. [TasCOSS]

ILCT staff may be members of other professional organisations, such as:

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA]
  • Occupational Therapy Australia [OTAUS]
  • Speech Pathology Australia [SPA]