People with a disability have opportunities to live their best life

Established in 1962, Hartley Lifecare (Hartley) is a Canberra-based not-for-profit  organisation providing supported accommodation for people with disability, their families and carers. 

Originally established to provide a learning facility and therapy support service for children and adults, Hartley has grown extensively to support clients in over 30 homes across the ACT. 

Over the last six decades, families have grown to rely on and trust Hartley to deliver high quality, person centred support.

As we move toward the future, Hartley will continue to maintain and build upon these strong foundations, ensuring that our clients and their families have opportunities to live their best life.

Our Services

Supported Living

Respite Care

Hartley Hydro

About Our Services

Hartley Lifecare provides a variety of services to help with and/or supervision of daily tasks to develop the skills of an individual to live as independently as possible. These are the supports provided to a participant in their home, in the community and can be in a shared or individual arrangement.

Our experienced staff support people to pursue interests and hobbies, make friends, plan holidays and participate in the community. Whether living alone or with other people with disability, we support people to maintain their home and complete day-to-day household activities including meal planning and cooking, washing or even maintaining a vegetable garden.

Whether you have your own home and would like Hartley to support you, or you would like to live with others with a disability in a home already supported by Hartley Lifecare, please contact the Senior Manager of NDIS and Service Development on 02 6282 4411.

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This event raises much needed funds required to provide 24-hour facility-based respite and supported indepdendant living.


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Enjoy reading what actions we continue to take in order to give people living with a disability opportunities to live their best life!

Our Philosophy

Person Centred

Person centred approach is about ensuring the person with disability is at the centre of decisions which relate to their life. People with a disability have control and are involved in planning, developing and monitoring support to make sure it meets their individual needs.

Putting people and their families at the centre of decision making is a core focus for Hartley. We also train our staff in active support and implement this model across our support service for the best outcome for the person with disability.

Family Governance

Hartley Lifecare applies a Family Governance model to all of the services we provide, allowing the person supported and their families to be involved in determining the care requirements as much or as little as they like.

It is crucial for us to be able to provide appropriate support through listening to each individual in an effort to fully understand their needs. This involves working closely with those who have a greater level of awareness of the individual’s life experiences. Through ongoing feedback we are able to properly support the individual and help them to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Active Support

Active Support is a way for people with disability to engage in meaningful everyday activities of their choice, with the amount of support they need.

Our active support training is provided by registered qualified trainers and tailored to each individual and their support requirements.

est placed to understand the level of support required. Through ongoing feedback we are able to properly support the individual and help them to achieve their goals and aspirations.

A Sustainable Future 2020-2023

At such a critical point in Hartley Lifecare’s journey, the board of directors, on behalf of our clients, families, staff, volunteers and members, are delighted to share Hartley’s vision for the next 3 years through its new Strategic Plan, titled ‘A Sustainable Future’. 

As we move toward 2023, Hartley will continue to maintain and build upon its already strong foundations of ensuring clients’ needs are met, financial viability, sustainable growth and business excellence, and will now apply a new focus on 4 strategic objectives:

  • Exemplary services
  • Community Leadership
  • Organisational excellences
  • Great people

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