helping the people we support to live their best life possible

With thoughtful planning and individualised support services, Geelong Disability Services helps the people we support to live the best life possible. 


Established By Husband & Wife Team

Geelong Disability Services was established by husband and wife team, Donna and Ray Witnish.

Having lived, supported and cared for real life experiences with both physical and mental illness, GDS was created to help provide the type of reliable competent service/s they would expect and be happy to receive.

Meet Donna & Ray

Combining our knowledge as qualified Support Workers with real life personal experiences.

With this as Donna and Ray’s goal, combined with the knowledge and the real life personal experiences, they set out, to become fully qualified Support Workers obtaining knowledge of all the Disability Standards along with other legal & OHS requirements that go along with providing services to the public.


Values We Live By



Empathy is at the heart of our company. We genuinely understand and connect with the unique experiences, challenges, and aspirations of individuals with disabilities. Through active listening and putting ourselves in their shoes, we provide compassionate support and create a safe space for open dialogue.


Empowering Independence

We are dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives. Our personalized approach and support services provide the tools, resources, and encouragement necessary for individuals to achieve their goals and maximize their potential. 


Inclusive Community

We are committed to fostering an inclusive community that celebrates the diversity and abilities of all individuals. Our goal is to create an environment where everyone feels welcome, supported, and empowered. We remove barriers and promote accessibility, ensuring that our services, facilities, and programs are accessible to individuals with diverse needs. 


Geelong's Trusted
NDIS Provider

An official Geelong NDIS registered provider, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Service Provider in 2015 and a registered Disability Service Provider with the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission.

“Asking for help does not mean we are weak or incompetent. It usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence”.

Dr Anne Wilson Schaef

A Person-Centric Approach

It is important to remember that everyone – able bodied or not – requires help at some point.

As Donna has lived with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 30 years, and Ray being the primary carer for his father-in-law suffering  from Motor Neuron Disease (MND), and having both lived and supported their daughter’s mental illness, GDS was truly created from the experiences of, by, and for people with disabilities.

We’re truly a peer-led organisation – the majority of our staff either have a disability or a significant lived experience (i.e. mother of a child with a disability).  This ensures we keep a person-centred approach and deliver quality supports.

This approach has certainly been appreciated and recognised by the NDIS participants who have chosen GDS as their provider of choice.