Welcome to mecwacare

About us

Who we are

mecwacare is proudly a not-for-profit, non-denominational charitable organisation that has been supporting Victorians for more than 62 years. We are a values-based, care-driven organisation that provides residential, community and in-home nursing, care and support services for the elderly and people living with a disability.

mecwacare was founded by a small group of volunteers concerned about the elderly and vulnerable in their local area and formally became the Malvern Elderly Citizens Welfare Association (MECWA) in 1959. In 2007, MECWA changed its name to mecwacare to better represent the organisation’s focus as it grew into a major provider of aged care and disability services across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

We provide optimal choice for people of all ages, irrespective of financial, religious, cultural or lifestyle background. Today, we care for more than 17,000 people each week across greater Melbourne and regional Victoria through a highly integrated service network operated by more than 2,000 employees and 500-plus volunteers. Our staff are culturally and linguistically diverse, representing 89 nationalities and speaking 100 languages.

Caring is at the heart of everything we do.

Our purpose

Partnering with the elderly and people with a disability to live fulfilling and purposeful lives.

Our vision

Enhancing life changing experiences with our community

Our values

Our values are at the centre of everything we do: Caring, Accountable, Respectful and Ethical

We passionately live these values through:

  • Proactive and compassionate care and services
  • Responsible and professional conduct
  • Empathetic and thoughtful communications
  • Honest and fair partnerships

Accreditations

Aged Care Standards

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission expects organisations providing aged care services in Australia to comply with the Quality Standards. These eight standards are focused on supporting consumer choice and promoting ongoing improvement in service provision that contributes to the safety, health and wellbeing of residents and clients. For more information about the standards click here.

ACQSC Quality Standards

To access translated version of the Quality Standards click here. 

OHS Management System

mecwacare is committed to fulfilling our legal responsibilities and providing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for everyone in our workplaces and anyone entering our premises, so far as is reasonably practicable. mecwacare recognises that the best way to manage health and safety is through management and employees working together to identify and address health and safety issues.

National Disability Insurance Scheme


mecwacare is registered to provide support for NDIS participants with integrated services and supports to promote wellbeing.

Certificate of Registration

Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace


mecwacare has been an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace since October 2011. Accreditation is awarded by the Australian Breastfeeding Association to organisations that provide a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers at work, including adequate breaks and spaces where they can breastfeed and/or express breastmilk in private. This initiative supports employees to meet their work and family commitments.

Registered Charity

mecwacare is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and Consumer Affairs Victoria

FIA Member

mecwacare is a member of the Fundraising Institute Australia and is committed to abiding by the FIA Code.

Everyone’s welcome here

mecwacare is a registered workplace under the Welcome Here Project.
It means we create and promote environments that are visibly welcoming and inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities.