In 2004 Australia's first national blindness agency, Vision Australia was formed following the merger of the Royal Blind Society (RBS), the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Vision Australia Foundation (VAF), and the National Information Library Services (NILS).
Vision Australia aims to ensure that the community recognises their capabilities and contributions.
Combining the skills and resources of several blindness organisations to create one national voice, Vision Australia is committed to delivering efficient services that open up possibilities for their community.
Vision Australia's goal is to achieve this through creating a community partnership of knowledge, skills and expertise to enrich the participation in life of people who are blind or have low vision and their families.
It is Vision Australia's partnership that makes them strong. Their community consists of people from all walks of life, with varied interests and experiences. Vision Australia have more than 1,000 staff and 3,700 volunteers who are united by a passion for living their vision.
The four pillars of IPTA underline this culture:
- information that Vision Australia make accessible to clients
- problem solving that helps overcome barriers to a full range of life choices
- training to teach these solutions to the community
- access, opening the door to new possibilities for their clients – the sum result of all of Vision Australia's activities.
These four priorities guide Vision Australia's work - from service delivery and advocacy to governance.