Our history

Senses Australia is one of Western Australia’s oldest charities and has been providing disability support to the Western Australian community for more than 125 years.

We’ve been known by several different names over the years, but we began in 1896 as the Western Australian Industrial School for the Blind.  One of our most significant transformations occurred in 2001, when the Royal WA Institute for the Blind and the WA Deafblind Association amalgamated to form Senses Foundation.

With continued changes in social attitudes to disability, our role has evolved to include employment, training, respite, recreation and a variety of accommodation options.

On the 1 July 2013, Senses Foundation became Senses Australia, a not for profit charity.  Our constitution was changed as part of this process, widening our client group to all people with disability.

Today, Senses Australia is a world-class disability support services provider holding the highest ethical standards and striving for excellence in all that we do.