RIDBC's new 5 year strategic vision

28/01/16
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has developed a new strategic plan for 2016-2020 that will see us go through a substantial evolution.Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has developed a new strategic plan for 2016-2020 that will see us go through a substantial evolution.

RIDBC operates in a dynamic and competitive environment. Ongoing changes in the health, education and disability services sectors, increased options for intervention and support, and the changing way that people with disabilities access and choose their service providers, are transforming the sector in exciting ways.

All of these changes in our environment formed the impetus for change, our opportunity to explore our strategic plan for the future.

Our vision is clear…

Over the next five years, RIDBC will go through a substantial evolution, marking a new era of service provision for Australians with vision or hearing loss.

Our ambition over the next five years includes:

  • Expanding our sites and services in order to meet nationwide demand, opening new permanent sites, increasing outreach through visiting sites and delivering telepractice services where they are needed most.
  • Building new RIDBC Centres of Excellence in vision and hearing which will develop, deliver and demonstrate best practice services and support for people with vision or hearing loss. These centres will encompass new state-of-the-art early learning, preschool and school programs; clinical services such as diagnostics and assessment, therapy and cochlear implant services; as well as RIDBC Renwick Centre research, education and professional development programs.
  • Relocating our head offices, services and support functions to the Macquarie University precinct in North Ryde, providing us the opportunity to co-locate and integrate with other leading organisations in the sensory field, and investigating sale opportunities for RIDBC’s North Rocks site.
  • Maintaining our focus on performance, efficiency and viability to ensure RIDBC’s long term sustainability and growth.


Elements of the plan will roll out progressively over the next 3 – 5 years, and we will ensure all current and future children, adults, families and professionals who receive services from RIDBC, as well as our many volunteers, donors and supporters, are kept informed and updated.

The fundamentals of RIDBC’s strategic intent can also be found on our website ridbc.org.au/strategy.