Our History

Multitask’s history is based around people with disabilities, their families and the community working together to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities afforded to all people.


Multitask originated in a public meeting in June 1952 which lead to the formation of a branch of the Subnormal Children’s Welfare Association. They formed a school for children with intellectual disabilities called Kayleena.  The next step forward was the establishment of Business Services in February 1968 to enable our clients to obtain employment and develop skills.  An Activity Therapy Centre was set up in 1979 designed to promote personal development to gain maximum independence and self sufficiency.   And in 1980, the first residential house was opened.  In 1984, the organisation beame known as Lismore Challenge Foundation of NSW.

From there, it  has consistently expanded its range of Business Services, Day Services, Residential Services and Children’s Services.  The organisation today owes much to the dedicated parents and citizens from 1952 onwards who dedicated themselves to fundraising and supporting its ongoing development.

Name Change: From 1st July 2007 Lismore Challenge has been known as Multitask. We chose the name because it’s a simple way to convey what we do.

We continue to follow the pathway to support and meet the needs of our Community through flexible and innovative programs.