LCC’s roots can be traced back to 1935, when Salem Lutheran Rest Home in Toowoomba was opened as a furlough house for Lutheran missionaries working in Papua New Guinea.

The opening of Salem was followed by the establishment of Tabeel Lutheran Rest Home at Laidley in 1954. Both of these early services were initiated and managed by local congregations.

A new vision of service was conceived in 1966 when the two Lutheran Synods amalgamated and set up a welfare committee to extend services. Over the following decade, aged care services were established across south-east Queensland including at Woodridge, Kingaroy, Nundah, Caboolture, Tallebudgera, Biloela and Gympie. A number of services for people with disabilities were also created at Southport, Woodridge, Gatton, Dalby and Nambour. Almost all of these services were initiated and driven by local congregations. This growth led to the appointment of a full-time coordinator in 1986 to support the responsibilities of the welfare committee.

A new structure

Community expectations and the regulatory environment changed and became more complex over time.  The Lutheran Church of Australia-Queensland District realised there was a need to create a more contemporary and consistent management structure to enable the individual services to effectively and sustainably continue their mission in the future.

Lutheran Community Care was established in 1999 to guide and support the services with professional management, and to help them to offer the best standards of care. As a department of LCAQD, LCC’s governing council is responsible for all services through LCC’s Chief Executive Officer.

A Support Centre was established in Milton, just outside of Brisbane CBD, to provide a range of head office functions and expertise to support LCC’s services. These include financial management, IT and human resources. This provides a sound corporate framework with clear policies, procedures, accountabilities and strong integrated management systems.

All our operating surpluses are reinvested to improve care and services for those who rely on us. This enables our organisation to meet future challenges and make the most of opportunities to extend our provision of services to more Queenslanders.