Southern Cross Care (Vic) was founded as Southern Cross Homes in 1969. Our founders were the Knights of the Southern Cross, a lay Catholic men’s organisation with a strong social welfare focus that has existed in Australia for nearly a century.
Since our founders first established the organisation, it has been providing services to older Victorians for nearly 50 years, beginning with independent living, then residential homes and later, within the community in a person’s own home.
The 1980s: new homes
After a decade of establishment and consolidation in the 1970s, the 1980s saw the opening of major new aged care homes in Newport and Mordialloc.
We also acquired Macleod Village from the Hibernian Society. At the time, Macleod Village was an impressive home and included 50 hostel places, 27 nursing home places and 47 independent living units.
The 1990s: rapid growth
The 1990s were a decade of growth for Southern Cross Care (Vic). New homes opened during this decade include our Springvale, Shepparton and Templestowe homes.
We also commenced offering government-funded Home Care Packages during the 1990s. Home Care Packages have since become a major component of our service offering.
Reflecting the increasing diversity of services offered, our name changed from Southern Cross Homes to Southern Cross Care (Vic).
2000 and beyond: innovations and anniversaries
Our 45th anniversary in 2014 was the culmination of a period of innovation for the organisation – now named Southern Cross Care (Vic) – including the opening of exciting new aged care homes in Keon Park and Dandenong.
With 12 residential aged care homes, independent living units, respite care, a wellness centre and a robust home care service, Southern Cross Care (Vic) earned a reputation for providing high quality, compassionate care to older and vulnerable Victorians. In 2017, we partnered with Mercy Health to solidify our strong foundations and become part of one of the largest not-for-profit providers of aged care and community services in Australia. Together, we aim to lead this field by continually innovating, developing and challenging ourselves to advocate for and improve of the lives of older people in our communities.