Leading South Australian disability service organisations Novita and scosa have today announced that their proposed merger will go ahead after members of both organisations voted to facilitate the plan.
The move will bring together the two organisations’ complementary service offerings to create a unique disability service for South Australia – a single provider that can offer a continuum of support for people living with disability at all stages of life.
The proposal went to member vote after an extensive due diligence process determined that a merged entity will provide improved quality and range of services as well as better outcomes and facilities for people living with disability and their families.
Key benefits of the merger will include:
- An extensive service offering including therapy, assistive technology, accommodation, day options and community programs.
- An entity that benefits from the combined resources of both organisations, well positioned in the landscape presented by the NDIS and better able to invest in new facilities, develop professional capabilities and offer more choice.
- The scosa brand will be amalgamated into the Novita brand and maintained within the Novita family of sub brands. Day options services will continue to operate under the scosa brand for the foreseeable future.
- All scosa staff will transition to the merged entity and all existing scosa members can become Novita members if they so wish.
As part of the merger arrangement, three existing scosa directors will be offered places on the Novita Board. Greg Ward, the current CEO of Novita, will remain CEO of the merged organisation while interim scosa CEO Kylie Luciano will transition into a new executive role focused on business development and integration of services.
Quotes attributable to Novita CEO Greg Ward:
“We explored this merger because at the outset we believed it would be beneficial to people living with disability in South Australia. This has now been confirmed not only by due diligence, but by the ongoing support this proposal has received from the members, Boards, staff and families of both organisations.
“We are all very excited by the significant opportunities presented by this merger.
“We firmly believe that Novita and scosa will be better together – for the benefit of people living with disability.
“As we begin to transition to the new merged organisation, families and staff will notice little or no changes. If anything, they’ll start to see some improvements as we work to enhance our facilities and offering.”
Quotes attributable to scosa Interim CEO Kylie Luciano:
“The approval of this merger is an outstanding outcome for our participants, because we firmly believe this is the model that will serve them best.
“As part of the merger, we’ve ensured that the history and legacy of both organisations will be preserved and promoted in perpetuity because we know that scosa is important to so many South Australians.
“We look forward to working as one organisation with Novita to deliver for South Australians living with disability long into the future.”
Novita specialises in child development, rehabilitation and disability services for kids and young people, operating from 11 locations in metro and regional South Australia and supporting more than 3,000 people living with disability and their families. scosa provides vital hub-based day programs and community services and supports nearly 400 adults living with disability across 12 sites.