About Life Stream Australia

Life Stream Australia was established in 1984 to provide support to people with an intellectual disability to develop skills, independence and friendships.

Today, people with a broad range of disabilities and support needs access our services. People who access Life Stream services are known as Members. Click here if you would like to find out more about becoming a Life Stream Australia member.

An extensive range of services including holidays, leisure programs, community access and community linking, accommodation support and school sport, provides our members with improved quality of life, personal development, the opportunity to achieve, a sense of belonging and most importantly improved self esteem.

Life Stream Australia consistently provides approximately 12,000 participation opportunities each year.

Quality Assurance

Life Stream Australia has developed a quality system in relation to the Human Services Quality Standards that meets the needs of our organisation and the needs of our members.

Annual maintenance audits are conducted and recertification occurs every three years. Life Stream Australia has consistently performed to a high standard with zero non-conformities.

Life Stream Australia endeavours to increase the involvement of members and their support networks in the quality assurance process. Members have an important role to play in monitoring the quality of services they receive.

If you have questions regarding quality assurance, service standards or would like to express interest in how you can be involved in Life Stream Australia’s quality system, please contact Kim Usher at the Brisbane office on Ph: 3394 4399 during office hours.


Life Stream Australia receives funding from the Department of Communities and Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. This funding is critical for the continuation of services provided to people with disabilities in South East Queensland, Rockhampton and Mackay.

Support can also be accessed on a user pays basis by individuals, organisations or government departments.


Life Stream Australia aims to work within a transparent governance structure to be accountable for all management systems to members and other organisational stakeholders. Life Stream Australia is governed by a Volunteer Board of Directors.

The Life Stream Australia Board of Directors is formed by an election process either during a Board meeting or at the Annual General Meeting.

Board Representatives include:

  • Chair: Paul Darrouzet
  • Treasurer: Cameron McLeod
  • Director (Mackay): Frank Shepherd
  • Director (Rockhampton): Trevor Hooper
  • Director (Brisbane): Liz Fiveash
  • Secretary: Cathy Wilson (ex-officio)

Senior Staff include:

  • CEO: Cathy Wilson
  • Services Manager (2IC): Kim Usher

To view the current organisational chart, click here.


Many of Life Stream Australia direct support services are facilitated by approximately 70 volunteers in weekend group programs and holidays. Support by volunteers is generally provided on a 1:5 support ratio with higher support ratios if the activity is higher risk. If you would like to become a Life Stream Australia volunteer, please email Jay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Program Officers are paid staff supporting individuals or small groups in community access & community linking programs and in their homes for respite or accommodation support. Programs staffed by Program Officers are developmental based and focus on individual needs and goals. If you would like to become a Life Stream Australia Program Officer in Brisbane email Fiona at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; in Mackay email Fiona at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in Rockhampton email Julie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sport Officers provide fun, skill development programs in schools focusing on coordination, team work and learning a variety of sports or physical activities and games.  Individuals interested in a Sport Officer role are required to email Chantel Maloney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Member Profile of The Quarter!

Tracy Hyslop

Tracy Hyslop
Aged 29
Location Mackay

Tracy has been with Life Stream Australia for 4 years.  When Tracy first became a member of Life Stream Australia, she was a very shy and introverted person. Tracy was using Life Stream for overnight support, assistance with life skills like making appointments and staying motivated. Often Tracy would want her Life Stream... Read More