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Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) CHC33015

Move into one of the most rewarding and stable sectors by gaining accredited qualifications in individual support. Find a job role as a personal care giver in a variety of capacities, in a community or residential setting, where you will provide person...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Personal care assistant +1
Upskilled -  Course
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Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115

The health and social assistance industry (which the disability care services sector is part of) is Australia’s largest and fastest growing industry; it expects an employment growth of 250,300 new positions by 2023. The National Disability Insurance Sc...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Disability Support Worker +8
Kirana Colleges -  Course

Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115

This online course will prepare you for work as a disability support worker in a client’s home or a community organisation. You’ll help people with an intellectual or physical disability by empowering them to become more independent and self-reliant, s...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Behavioural Support Officer +3
National College Australia (NCA) -  Course

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) CHC33015

The CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) is the latest qualification ideal for learners who aim to work in jobs that require knowledge and skills in providing care and assistance to people with disabilities. Melbourne Training Ce...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accommodation Support Worker... +3
Melbourne Training Centre -  Course

Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) CHC33015

This course will prepare you for a job in the disability sector. It’s an entry-level qualification for working in disability services, which can mean working in a residential facility that services people with disabilities or for a community services o...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Disability Support Worker +1
National College Australia (NCA) -  Course

Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115

Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115) course reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independen...

Study Method Blended, In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria +4
Job Outcomes Disability Officer- day supp... +3
Hammond Institute -  Course

Certificate IV in Disability and Certificate IV in Leisure and Health (VIC ONLY) CHC43115,CHC43415

If you want to position yourself as a high-value employee in this care landscape, then enrolling in our dual qualifications is a great way to start. This dual certificate course can give you invaluable skills for helping patients with disabilities. The...

Study Method In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Behavioural Support Officer +5
Nepean Industry Edge Training -  Course

Certificate IV in Disability (VIC ONLY) CHC43115

Make yourself a valuable employee with this certification in disability care. Whether you are looking to start a new career or increase your skills to a current employer, taking disability a care course is a great move. The National Disability Insuranc...

Study Method In-class
Location Melbourne Victoria
Job Outcomes Behavioural Support Officer +5
Nepean Industry Edge Training -  Course

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability) CHC33015

If you have a passion for helping those most in need, this qualification is one way you can utilise your knowledge for the benefit of others. Package the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability) (CHC33015) to save time and gain k...

Study Method Blended, In-class
Location Perth Western Australia +1
Job Outcomes Care Assistant +3
Insight Training -  Course

Disability in Australia

Disability services refer to the care and assistance of anyone affected by a disability. Disabilities include any form of restriction, limitation or impairment that can interfere with everyday life. They can refer to physical, mental or any other issues that impact a person’s permanent state of well-being. There are an estimated 4.3 million Australians living with some reported form of disability, 1.4 million of whom are severely limited in cognitive function. One in every five Australian suffers from a disability, and one in every three households includes at least one person with a disability.

Career Outcomes

Most graduates will find job opportunities with organisations such as aged care homes, disability support agencies or private employment. While qualifications are required for many jobs, there is also a growing need for education when taking care of personal relationships such as elderly family members. Because there are many types of disability, there are many different options available beyond just primary care giving. Careers such as speech pathology, or a disability counsellor may be an option for graduates.

There are also opportunities for more administrative positions such as case manager and program coordinator available, ensuring that graduates of all levels of education will have many avenues available to pursue. Many of the positions are part time or contract based and thus are flexible for busy or otherwise occupied job seekers.

At the completion of a Disability Course, you’ll have the opportunity to find employment in the following roles:

  • Care Coordinator
  • Disability Coordinator
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Development Officer
  • Disability Team Leader/ Supervisor
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Community Care Worker
  • Residential Care Officer

Job Outlook for Aged and Disabled Carers

With an ageing population, and growing demand for aged care workers, and support workers, the industry remains highly important to the country. There are around 2.7 million Australian as a support workers’ who are caring for someone with a disability, the majority of them women. They make up 68% of all primary caregivers. There are also an additional 58,000 disability service instructors and 130,000 disability carers who are working throughout the country. The industry is well respected and has earned a reputation for hard workers and truly inspirational individuals.

  • Job openings for this profession are expected to be high (greater than 50,000) over the next three years
  • The median earnings per week (before tax) for an Aged and Disabled Carer is $898
  • Most Aged and Disabled Carers are Females (81%)
  • On average a full-time employee would work 35.1 hours
  • 2% of employees in this profession have a Certificate III/IV to their name
  • The median age for this occupation is 47 years

Disability Courses

Due to the nature of disability care, there are many different methods of learning. This includes many disability courses online, as well as in-class courses in disability services that provide students with an enhanced understanding of the aged care and support worker professions.

Certificate Courses

If you’re looking to step into an entry-level role, or are already currently working in a professional or domestic setting with a person with a disability, you may consider gaining certification. These include courses such as a Certificate IV in Disability, or a Certificate III in Aged Care. Such courses teach you about a broad range of disabilities, and also how you can go about offering care and assistance. They also provide updated information regarding current laws and regulations surrounding the industry and offer a foundation of knowledge from which further study or more effective care can be gained.

Diploma Courses

A Diploma is the next step to making a career in disability services a fulfilling and long-lasting endeavour. There are both online courses designed to give you the theoretical knowledge, as well as contact courses featuring placement programs that will provide you with invaluable hands on experience. This is often highly sought after as it shows you have a proven track record with administering care. For example, a Diploma of Disability may provide technical knowledge on how to provide specialist services, utilise yourself as a resource for other workers, and coordinate work programs, but may also feature a short placement at a local nursing home designed to expand your understanding of how things are run in a real life organisation.

Bachelor Degree

A Bachelor degree is the highest level of undergraduate study and is required for more specialised and demanding careers. These can include things such as program development, education and other multi-disciplinary skills drawing from science, business, humanities, and more. These offer an extensive insight into how the industry is run and governed, as well as advanced methods designed to improve the knowledge of disabilities into organisations. A Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education may provide you with career options such as services practitioner or disability educator and offers you the ability to assist disabled persons to fully integrate into society.

What Skills Are Needed To Work in Disability?

To be successful in a disability services career you must possess often hard to come by skills. These can include soft skills such as extreme patience, friendly manner even in difficult and challenging situations, as well as a genuine interest in the health and well-being of others. Sometimes workers can work long hours, with night shifts and weekend work being commonplace. Other roles require physical fitness and strength, and all require excellent communication skills. You must also be able to process and understand constantly changing laws and regulations as the industry and government seek to continually develop these.

If this sounds like you, or someone who you would like to be, stop thinking and start acting! Find your dream career now by searching our courses in disability studies to find the perfect fit for you.

 

 

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