Golf Programs Australia Inc.

Welcome to Golf Programs Australia Inc Online!

“Our dedicated team are passionate about the range of activities we’re involved in and the difference we are making.  Through all of our endeavours we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs.”

Michelle Dalton

Here at Golf Programs Australia Inc, we know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a simple idea and a little support.

Since our founding in 2014, GPAI has used the low impact activity of golf to drive inclusion and break isolation of individuals and groups in the community.  The largest impact has been made in the intellectual disabilities sector where golf became a stepping stone to viable and meaningful social enterprise training.

GPAI’s retail store initially began as a way to fund the charity’s golf initiatives.  Under the guidance of Darrell and Michelle Dalton and through the endeavours of the GPAI Committee and many dedicated volunteers it soon evolved.

Darrell’s ‘Vision’ of establishing a purpose built Golf Facility to provide real training and work placement for individuals living with an intellectual disability is a future organisational goal.  He, the GPAI Committee and its many volunteers were working hard to make this a reality.

Subsequently, when the GPAI retail store catapulted both the charity’s founders and intellectually disabled golfers into a social enterprise ‘beta test’ a little sooner than expected it became clear that the organisation was on the right path. 

The formula proved quite perfect as the instore trainees moved seamlessly from the golf program to the charity’s retail space located at 89 Currie Street, Nambour. 

The smooth transition worked because the program’s golfers had in some cases been participating with GPAI for some years before signing on to the social enterprise retail, business and creativity training. 

Trust and friendships were already firmly established so the change was easier than if the students had walked into unchartered territory with strangers that were unfamiliar with their traits, triggers, and behaviours.