The Abbeyfield model of assisted housing commenced in the United Kingdom in the 1950’s and Abbeyfield Australia opened its first house in Melbourne in the early 1980’s. For over 40 years our approach has been to assist local communities to provide a locally managed solution for a local community housing need.
Abbeyfield Australia is a national not for profit registered community housing provider. We are committed to the development of sustainable community based housing nationally. An Abbeyfield House is a large house but it is not an institution or a facility. It is an ordinary house in an ordinary street. An Abbeyfield House is a group house in which residents live independently within a shared supportive environment. The residents ‘come and go’ as they please, socialise with other residents as much as desired, enjoy the support of a housekeeper and remain engaged with the community.
Abbeyfield Australia’s corporate office is in Melbourne and we are supported by house committees and volunteers nationally. Together we provide a niche, cost effective community housing alternative to communities.
Abbeyfield Australia is:
a not for profit company limited by guarantee and registered with the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission
a public benevolent institution with Deductable Gift Recipient Status
not politically aligned, nor is union affiliated
Our Mission and Vision
Our vision is for people to have the choice of living in Abbeyfield housing which supports their independence and life choices. Our mission is to ensure the sustainability and development of Abbeyfield housing.