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Overview

Want to help people with disability to live their fullest life?  Here’s the lowdown:

Disability can be very diverse in people. It can range from something less limiting such as an inability to walk for very long such as a limb amputee through to severe disability caused by limited brain function.  So as you can see your work will vary greatly and present different challenges depending on your client.

A typical entry-level position in Disability would involve working as a Disability Care Worker, or some other similar role.  In this role, your duties can range from taking care of your clients by helping them with everyday living. Such as shopping, bathing, taking your client out on fun trips and to appointments, it will also involve personal care and the provision of emotional support.  The exact nature of your work will depend on the disability your client has, and the position you hold.

Other positions may involve assessment work predominantly.

You’ll need to be kind and patient above all, respectful of others, discreet and gentle but strong enough to help your clients.  Being organised and able to notice and either report or resolve problems will be highly beneficial.

Job Opportunities

Can you make a career out of helping others?  Check these facts out ;

  • Dental Assistants work in most parts of Australia.

  • The majority work in Health Care and Social Assistance.

  • Opportunities for part-time work are common.

  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around AU $41,000 to $62,000 per annum (depending upon location and experience).

Types of Courses

A Certificate II or III or at least one year's relevant experience is usually required to enter into a career in Disability.

Short Courses:

Short courses related to being a Disability are a great way to find out more about what such a career is about.  You can also enjoy related topics to help you build on your knowledge or enhance your opportunities get that job.

Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.

Certificate II Course:

A Certificate II course in Disability or Individual Care will start to build on your knowledge and is required so that you can progress onto Certificate III courses.

Certificate III Courses:  

Certificate III courses in Disability or Individual Care usually, last around eight months and do require work experience to pass.  You’ll learn everything you need to know about Disability and individual care so that you can work safely and professionally. When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to work as a Disability Care Worker.

Career Outcomes

A career in disability shouldn’t be limiting, and it’s not! Here are the types of positions you can expect to find;

  • Residential Care Officer
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Community-Based Support Officer
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Disability Team Supervisor
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Development Officer
  • Disability Coordinator
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Community Care Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Care Worker
  • In-Home Respite Worker
  • Personal Care Giver
  • Respite Care Worker
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Home Care Assistant
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Program Coordinator
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Day Activity Worker
  • Care Supervisor
  • Hostel Supervisor
  • Disability Officer – Day Support
  • Social Trainer
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Support Service Worker
  • Therapy Assistant
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Project Officer
  • Disability Support Officer
  • view all

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