Who we are
We work to increase people with disabilities access and inclusion in community.
Access is about making the physical facilities suitable for all people to be able to participate
Inclusion is about the culture of a group or organization. It is how it feels to get involved. Whether you feel welcome and able to get involved in areas that interest you to your full capacity.
To achieve improvements in access and inclusion we work both with people with disabilities and with organisers and developers directly. This two way process is designed to bring people together to enable better decisions about how we make a better community now and in the future.
We don’t run programs, we help people to get involved in what-ever is happening in the community.
Meet our staff
CEO - Zane D'Mello
Zane D’Mello runs Transition Management, a private management and community projects consultancy. He has provided services to a wide array of NGO, Government and private organisations across WA over many years. Prior to this he managed Geraldton Resource Centre, a non-profit organisation providing services to people experiencing disadvantage in the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions of WA for 12 years.
Zane believes in equal opportunity for all people, and is inspired to lead ATLAS into new and innovative ways of delivering quality inclusion outcomes for all its participants. Zane sees the changes being made in the disability sector as a challenge for ATLAS and is committed to support the needs, aspirations and dreams of people with a disability in ways that increase their capacity to contribute and be part of our community.
Zane has a Doctor of Business Administration (Information Systems). He has also lectured in the Graduate Certificate of Management for the Australian Graduate Management Consortium and a range of other undergraduate courses through the Geraldton Universities Campus for a range of universities.
He has previously been a board member of Western Australian Council of Social Service, Federation of Community Legal Centres, Mid West Community Services Network and the Mid West and Gascoyne Regional Human Services Managers Group.
Zane is keen on cycling, triathlon and kayaking and has lived in Geraldton for the past 20 years.
Operations Manager - Chris Kerr
Chris is a strong advocate within her community and challenges people to improve opportunities for people with disability. She has a passion for communities that value diversity and has sought to combine her personal and professional interests to promote community inclusion.
Chris has had long term involvement in the TAFE, labour market and disability sectors. She was the inaugural Manager of Geraldton Personnel Inc. a disability employment service, and is currently a member of the National Disability and Carers Council, providing advice to the Federal Government on issues of strategic importance in relation to the disability and carer sectors, and driving the implementation of the overarching National Disability Strategy (NDS), the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Integrated Plan for Carer Support Services, and proposed reforms to disability employment.
Chris is a Count Me In Ambassador in the Midwest for the Disability Services Commission.
She is keen for people to be ‘present’, ‘seen’ and ‘connected’ to their community and has been recognised for her work through awards such as the Centenary Medal for ’service to the community, particularly the disabled community’. She enjoys outdoor recreation, especially open water swimming, triathlon and travel.
Meet The Board
I am a long time Geraldton resident with a working career spanning a range of public and private sector positions in Geraldton, Perth and Port Hedland. My experience covers education and training within the VET sector as well as various positions within government including TAFE, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Local Government as well as substantial experience in the private retail sector. I am currently self-employed in Geraldton.
I have had a long association with ATLAS, joining the Board as Chairperson in 2010. My formal qualifications include a Graduate Certificate of Management (Professional Practice), a Bachelor of Applied Science (Library Studies), an Advanced Diploma of Management as well as other business management qualifications.
I am proud to be a part of ATLAS to assist to build and promote an inclusive community where the emphasis is on how everyone can be part of and involved in an accessible and welcoming community that is so good that others want to use us as their benchmark!
I was born in Tasmania & moved to WA in 1993, before settling more permanently in Geraldton in 1996. I have spent my entire working career in the finance industry, most recently as a founding staff member of Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank Branch since April 2009. The switch to Bendigo was to support the financial model which is about sharing the profits from banking within in a local community with local decisions on the use of those funds.
Since being in Geraldton I have been involved in numerous community groups and sporting clubs, with recent positions as president of the MWCCI, an adviser to the Local Advisory Committee of the Rangeway Child & Parent Centre, board member at Wandina Primary School and Chairman of the NACC Independent Selection Panel, just to name a few.
My role at ATLAS is part of this commitment to make the Mid West a better place to live, and as part of a wider support role for people who are disadvantaged in any capacity. The vision and purpose statement of ATLAS is one I feel I can contribute to with my experience in strategic direction and in developing financial sustainability models for NFP groups.
Angie is a long term Geraldton resident and joined the board in 2016. She grew up in Shark Bay and is a passionate advocate for all children having the opportunity toaccess the outdoors and experience opportunities for risk.
With over 20 years experience in the early childhood sector – Angie also spent time working as an Inclusion Support Facilitator ensuring all environments were inclusive and welcoming to children with disabilities or other barriers such as language or culture. She continues to be passionate and motivated to make a difference in how parents and educators create an environment where children can become healthy, happy and resilient.
Angie’s personal journey with one of her children being born with a physical disability allows her to empathise and relate to families and individuals experiencing the challenges in achieving inclusivity in our community.
Angie also brings management and business skills to the board.
I was born in the UK and emigrated to Australia with my young family. In 1995, I settled in Geraldton. I have an extensive background in Human Services and have worked with individuals, families and the wider community in a variety of roles encompassing Early Childhood, Child Protection, and most recently Disability Services Commission as Midwest Area Manager, for 8 years.
A recent transition to part time employment has afforded me the time to pursue other interests, and I am doing so with a strong commitment to “making a difference” and advocating for equal opportunities for everyone.
I am keen to bring my skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the ATLAS board in order to support and promote access, inclusion and greater opportunities for people with disabilities in the wider community.
I was born and bred in Geraldton and have a passion for sport. I spent the beginning of my career in the finance industry then moved into establishing a Business with my husband and have been self-employed for the past 25 years.
My association with services for people with disability comes from direct involvement with my family. I am very passionate about my local community and am involved in various sporting Clubs and voluntary work in the region.
For me, ATLAS seemed the perfect fit and I joined the Board in 2014. I am keen to bring my knowledge of sport and finance to the Board, using my personal experience and enthusiasm to increase people with disabilities access and inclusion into the Geraldton and surrounding region
I have been working with the Mid West Development Commission since late 2009 and working in a planning, project development and analysis role.
Previously, I spent 10 years with the Department of Sport and Recreation’s Mid-West and Gascoyne offices, during which time I assisted with the planning and establishment of ATLAS.
I have held a position on the Board since its commencement in 2004 and am currently Deputy Chair.
My experience in sport and recreation includes four years on the Board of Management of Geraldton Buccaneers in the Western Australian State Basketball League and I am on the Boards of the Mid West Sports Federation and the Geraldton Resource Centre. I have an MBA from Deakin University with undergraduate degrees in Business and Recreation studies.
ATLAS & The NDIS
As we learn more about the NDIS, and the impact it may have on ATLAS service delivery, we will continue to update you with information.
ATLAS recognises that independence, choice, control and freedom to live the way we choose are fundamental rights that belong to everyone.
We also strongly believe, that every individual has strengths, capacities, resources and challenges that are unique to them, and that one-size-fits-all approach to accessing community life does not work.
ATLAS approach to providing recreation sport and leisure support is designed to support successful inclusion and participation into community life.
We have been providing support, driven by individual participant’s choice and control, since our inception.
The NDIS is a new way that individuals will be able to identify the supports, services and activities that are importantto them, and are considered “reasonable and necessary” and seek to have these needs met.
ATLAS model of service is customised so that individuals are supported in a way that is unique to them to support reaching their goals and aspirations.
The Commonwealth and WA Governments have announced that the national NDIS (delivered by the NDIA) will be rolled out in Western Australia. This means there will eventually be only one NDIS delivered by the NDIA across every state and territory of Australia. From 1 July 2018, the NDIA will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in WA.
This NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across Western Australia by 2020. Visit the geographic rollout in WA page to find out where and when the NDIS will be available. Visit Western Australia – Questions & Answers for more information about the transition to the NDIS in WA.
The State and Commonwealth governments have signed a bilateral agreement that will see the NDIS come to WA under a nationally-consistent, locally-administered model.
National Standards for Disability Services
The Australian Government adopted the standards for its employment and advocacy services for people with disability from 1 July 2014.
These standards have a greater focus on person centered approaches and promote choice and control by people with disability. These are considered critical under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The National Standards are a set of six standards that are able to be applied across a broad range of circumstances.
- Participation and Inclusion
- Individual Outcomes
- Feedback and Complaints
- Service Access
- Service Management.