Biala Support Services has been supporting people with a disability and their families in the Ballina region for 50 years. The organisation started out as a small special school educating children with a disability so they could have access to tailored education.

Biala operates Ballina’s only Independent Special school that educates students with a disability from age 4 – 18 years of age.


That all people with a disability have a life of possibility and opportunity.


Biala Special School was initiated by retired teachers who saw a need within their neighbourhood. Teaching first commenced in the homes of the teachers before moving to the old Lighthouse Beach Surf Club.

The demand for specialised education increased across the area and inspired community members to call a public meeting and gather support and funds to construct a Special School in Ballina. With needed funds raised and crown land provided, the school was built and doors opened in 1972 and still resides at 78 Fox Street Ballina.

Biala has grown to be a trusted provider of a broad range of disability support services and is now a registered NDIS provider. It’s operations are overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors who bring a wide range of relevant business, community and family knowledge to bear in the corporate governance of the organisation.

Disability Services

In providing support to people with a disability we form a partnership with key people to ensure a service is tailored to the needs of the individual.

Special School

Biala Special School is an independent school providing services for students with a wide variety of disabilities.


Biala Getaways is a fantastic program where participants have the opportunity to go away on a holiday. Holidays can be as short as an overnight stay to a 7 night stay.


Would you like to show your support to adults and children with a disability? Get in touch with Biala Support Services.