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Disability Support Worker

What qualifications do I need to be a disability support worker in Australia? 

To become a qualified disability support worker, you'll ideally need a certificate-level qualification specialising in disability, mental health or community services. This can give you the skills needed to carry out the responsibilities of a support worker to those with a disability. Given the hands-on nature of this role, it's important to study a qualification that can best support your career in the disability support sector - one that explores both theory and practical concepts.

Upskilled has a certificate-level qualification in disability support and this course can teach you the skills and knowledge required to pursue entry-level roles in the sector. Since the course is delivered online, you'll have the ability to tend to your work and personal commitments while also building the skills you need to work in disability support. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake work placement so you can apply the skills you've learned into real-work scenarios. 

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  • What is it like to work in disability support?

    Working in disability support is a rewarding profession because you'll have the opportunity to help people who face many challenges due to their disability, and you'll be the one to help them through when it comes to finding work, socialising and performing daily tasks they may not be able to do. 

    Due to Australia's aging population, there is a high demand for disability support workers since they generally work with the elderly. It's also a very hands-on role so if you're looking to get out of your office job and want to work in a career where you can make a difference and give back to the community, working as a disability support worker may be for you. 

    General tasks you may do as a disability support worker include:
    • Accompanying clients to their daily activities
    • Shopping and errands
    • Housekeeping tasks such as vacuuming and cleaning
    • Assisting in personal hygiene and dressing
    • Providing emotional support
  • Why should you work in disability support?

    • A meaningful career pathway: If you're passionate about helping others and want to cultivate a purposeful and rewarding career, working in disability support can offer high job satisfaction and an opportunity for you to give back to the community and make a difference for those living with a disability. 
    • Job security: There is a high demand for disability support workers - more so with the roll out of the NDIS scheme and the growing needs of Australia's aging population. Employment opportunities are abundant in disability support. 
    • Flexible hours: If you're keen to work casually or on a part-time basis, there are plenty of opportunities in disability support where you can do this. Disability support workers generally work shifts so this can be accommodating for those wanting more flexibility in their schedule. 
    • A profession where you connect with people: Are you an outgoing person? If you enjoy working with others and love building relationships, you'll thrive in the role of disability support worker. Since you'll be helping clients with their social activities as well as providing emotional support, this type of work will have you build meaningful relationships as well. 
  • What career outcomes can you achieve in disability support?

    One of the benefits of working in disability support is the career growth you could experience if you further develop your skills and experience. By completing a certificate-level qualification in disability, you can pursue roles like disability support worker or personal care worker.

    Your interests may change overtime and you may choose to pursue further study and advanced roles related to disability support. The following roles are examples of careers you can do if you want to progress further as a disability support or personal care worker:
    • Support coordinator 
    • Case manager
    • Enrolled or Registered nurse
    • Specialist support (dieticians, speech pathology or occupational therapists)
  • What are the employment prospects in disability support?

    The employment prospects in disability support are very strong and there are opportunities to advance your career as you build new skills and experience. With further study, you can move onto specialist roles if you want to do work that still gives you the opportunity to work with those that have a disability.

    If you're curious to learn more about the sector and what it means for you employment wise, check out some of these interesting facts and figures:
    • Aged and Disabled Carers typically hold a Certificate III or IV in aged care, disability, mental health or community services through Vocational Education and Training.
    • The employment prospects of Aged and Disabled Carers are very strong.
    • The average weekly pay for an Aged and Disabled Carer is $1,265.
  • Is disability support the right career path for you?

    If you're someone that wants to be challenged and is passionate about helping others when it comes to their day-to-day, you may find career success as a disability support worker. With plenty of opportunities to progress, as well as giving back to the community, disability support work is equal parts exciting, challenging and rewarding. If you value flexible hours and want to help vulnerable people in the community, this may be the ideal sector for you.

    Here are some skills that may indicate disability support may be the ideal career for you:
    • Flexible and adaptable to change
    • Ability to empathise with others
    • Hands-on and practical
    • Excellent communication skills
  • Why should you study disability support?

    Studying disability support will benefit you if you're looking to gain skills to become a care worker and assist those living with a disability. By studying a certificate-level qualification, you can equip yourself with the skills to carry out the regular duties expected from a disability support worker. 

    Upskilled offers a course in disability support, which can help you pursue a career in the sector. Since it's delivered online, you'll be able to balance your work and personal commitments when you decide to study this online course. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to do work placement so you can apply the theory you learn into practice. 

    By studying disability support with Upskilled, you'll have access to:
    • Student Support Services: Our consultants will be ready to assist should you run into issues throughout your studies.
    • Work Placement: You'll have the opportunity to undertake work placement at a host organisation of your choice, where you can put the theory you learn into practice.
    • Role-Playing and Interactive Learning Activities: Our specialist trainers may run ad-hoc Interactive Learning Activities in support of your studies. During these sessions, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with other students. Upskilled's disability support course also includes assessments that involve role-playing, making them interactive and fun. You'll get the opportunity to round up your colleagues, family or friends and participate in work-based scenarios that can prepare you for a range of situations in disability support. 
  • How do I become a good disability support worker?

    To become a qualified disability support worker, you'll need to ensure that you have the necessary skills to carry out your caring responsibilities to clients in the safest possible manner. You also need to have qualities of compassion, empathy and resilience, since those with a disability can be highly vulnerable depending on their circumstances. 

    If you enjoy working with people and want to undertake meaningful work, becoming a disability support worker is a great opportunity that can bring about a positive change for those looking to do work that creates a lasting impact on people.

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