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Disability Support Worker

Find out how to become a disability support worker providing emotional and physical care. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Disability Support Worker is $56,800 - 74,600 annually


What does a Disability Support Worker do?

Disability support workers help aged and disabled people with a range of daily tasks. These include personal hygiene facilitation, mobility support, shopping tasks, food preparation, housework tasks, and the coordination of social events.

The provision of company and friendship is an important part of this job role, as is emotional support. Disability support workers may visit regularly or live in with their clients.

Read more about the community services industry.

What are the key skills of a Disability Support Worker? 

Disability support workers help with customer independence and quality of life. They work in clients’ homes and provide both physical assistance and emotional support.

  • Assisting people to perform important daily activities
  • Facilitating daily personal hygiene and dressing tasks
  • Performing home based tasks such as food preparation and housework
  • Undertaking tasks outside the home such as shopping
  • Ensuring a varied program of social activities
  • Providing emotional support and friendship

How to become a Disability Support Worker 

It's possible to work as a Disability Support Worker without any formal qualifications. However, employers may prefer candidates with relevant educational experience.

We recommend studying a CHC33015 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) as this will help you build skills and experience to work in the disabilty support sector.
You need resilience and communication skills. You also need to learn how to work in a team and independently, and be able to use your discretion.
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Disability support worker quick facts

Working as a disability support worker gives you the opportunity to help people in their own homes and improve their lives through both physical and emotional support.

Employment for Disability Support Workers is set to grow very strongly in the next five years. From 341,800 in 2021 to 341,800 in 2026. 

  • Average Hours Worked
    43 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Community services
  • Job Growth
    Expected to grow strongly in the next five years. From 341,800 in 2021 to 341,800 in 2026.

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.


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