Gippsland Latrobe Aboriginal Advocacy & Support Pty. Ltd.

Supporting Aboriginal peoples with disabilities and their carers

GLAAS provides professional, culturally sensitive, and community-focused NDIS support coordination and connection services to Gippsland’s Aboriginal communities.

GLAAS provides professional, culturally sensitive, and community-focused NDIS support coordination and connection services to Gippsland’s Aboriginal communities.

Our Services

If you need a plan, connections to service providers, or just help with figuring out the system or understanding your rights and responsibilities, we can help make NDIS work for you.

Our Philosophy

We believe in empowering people living with disabilities, their carers, and the community by providing human-centred services and treating everyone with dignity.

Our Team

GLAAS is a group of dedicated, knowledgeable NDIS professionals. We understand disability, the NDIS, and the challenges faced by Aboriginal people.


Keep up with the latest news from GLAAS, and all of our friends and partner organisations across Gippsland’s Aboriginal communities.

You can make a time to talk to us about NDIS and what we do. We’d love to hear from you!

Our Services

Support Connection

Empowering people and creating connection to community and services is at the heart of what we do at GLAAS. Our Support Connection service is the first step for people living with disabilities or their carers to connect with support networks, groups, activities, and Elders within the Aboriginal community, as well as connect directly with NDIS service providers.

Support Coordination

GLAAS is here to help you make the most out of what’s available to you through the NDIS. Our team can help you put together a plan, teach you how to navigate the system and talk to service providers, connect you with providers who can help, and more. We can give you all of the tools to make NDIS work for you. If you’ve already started looking at NDIS but aren’t sure what to do next, this is the service you need.

Social & Community Participation

We don’t just want to help you survive. We want you to thrive and get the most out of life. One of the most important things we do is bring people together, and give people living with disabilities a chance to get out, get social, and participate in the community. We can put you together with people who share your interests, or who want to do the same activities.

Cleaning & Personal Care

As a registered NDIS service provider, we can help with direct supports, too. We want to help you live as independently as possible, and get on top of everything you need to keep things together day-to-day. Whether you need a hand with the mopping or vacuuming, the laundry or washing up, or help getting to the shops, GLAAS can give you that extra bit of help.

Our Philosophy

GLAAS exists to help Aboriginal people living with disabilities and their carers understand and access NDIS services in a way that is culturally safe. We believe that every Aboriginal person deserves to be treated with respect, and should have the opportunity to fully participate in the community. 


We’re here to make sure that Gippsland’s Aboriginal people have access to high quality services and support through the NDIS, and have the tools to understand and navigate the system, but it doesn’t stop there. Accessing services is just the beginning -- we want to make sure that our communities are safe and welcoming for people living with disabilities.

Our Team


Tanisha Smitherson

Tanisha works within our Executive Management team as the Business Manager. She is passionate about helping to make the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community more inclusive, and improve the outcomes for individuals, families and communities throughout Gippsland.

Tanisha grew up on Bunurong land, but returned home to Gunai Kurnai in 2005. She puts her heart into her work, and has built a team of people around her who share her same passion.

When she isn’t working, Tanisha enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, barbequing, and playing bingo.

Ronald is a proud Gunai man and is very active in the community. The grandson of Dulcie (Dolly) Mullet and Watson Pepper, Ronald’s family moved to Morwell in the 1960s from Lake Tyers Mission.
You may also know Ronald from his art exhibitions and installations around Gippsland. Since graduating from Federation University with a Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts in 2017, Ronald has completed several commissions and participated in numerous exhibitions, in Australia and overseas.
On top of all his amazing work with community through his art, Ronald is also a qualified Aboriginal Health Worker and joined the team at Gippsland Latrobe Aboriginal Advocacy and Support  earlier this year.
Ronald brings his love and respect of his community and culture as well as his messages of positivity and hope. Through his infectious joy for art, Ronald will share his connection to country and quest to help the world emerge from the darkness to GLAAS clients through art therapy sessions.

Ronald Edwards-Pepper


Maree Shay

Maree works within our Client Services team as the Support Coordinator and Life Transition Planner. Her role is to assist NDIS participants to access the support they need through their NDIS plans, the community, and mainstream services.

Maree brings with her over 36 years of experience in case management in community services, including disability, chronic disease and mental health care. She has worked as a registered Division 1 nurse since 1984, and she has a wealth of experience in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

Maree is passionate about delivering the highest quality disability support services, and she has a sound knowledge of the NDIS and of the local services and programs available in Gippsland.

When she isn’t working, Maree enjoys reading, quilting, and spending time in nature.

Rehana works within our Executive Management team as the HR and Admin Officer. Her role is to help coordinate a range of human resource services across the organisation.

Rehana is currently training through the Chamber of Commerce to build her skills in human resources and management. In the future she is looking forward to completing her Diploma of Human Resources Management.

Rehana is passionate about working within organisations who provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She takes pride in learning new things and is excited to begin building great HR and admin systems across the organisation.

When she isn’t working, Rehana enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and exploring new cultures.


Rehana Naidu


Kerrie Taylor

Kerrie is a lifelong Gippslander, LGBTQI Advocate and passionate community member. Kerrie brings a passion for ensuring that our service delivery is enhanced through the development of safe and efficient practices and that all GLAAS resources are maximised to improve the lives of our participants.

Prior to GLAAS, Kerrie has spent nearly 15 years in aged care as an EN Nurse and brings both nursing and OHS qualifications to this new role benefitting us and our clients alike.

Kerrie uses a person-centred approach in all she does and is devoted to helping find the best supports available and empowering clients to achieve their NDIS goals.

News From Our Community

80 kilometers in 8 days raising awareness for Autism

As we all know, our very own Nik Voss who has a son with severe Autism and an intellectual disability, does a challenge every year to raise money for Autism.…

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Artwork by Carly Gannaway generously donated to GLAAS

GLAAS was lucky enough to be donated a piece of stunning art work by Carly Gannaway, a proud ATSI woman from the Dhurung Mob. Carly is currently the full time…

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Want to know more?

If you need help with NDIS or if you want to know about the supports that are out there for Aboriginal people with disabilities and their carers, call our friendly office staff or send and email to book a time to talk to us for free.

Contact Us

Gippsland Latrobe Aboriginal Advocacy & Support Pty. Ltd.

PO Box 360
30 Monash Rd, Newborough VIC 3825

0481 728 470


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