What's it like to be a Disability Support Worker?
Disability Support Workers provide care, emotional support, physical assistance and supervision for people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
Tasks and duties
- Assisting with domestic tasks and chores such as shopping, menu planning, cooking, washing, toileting and cleaning.
- Helping with outings, social activities and other daily routines.
- Providing companionship and support to assist clients to develop their existing skills, abilities and confidence.
The specifics of the role depend on the client; however, Disability Support Workers tend to focus on tasks that alleviate physical discomfort and promote social connectedness, independence, emotional wellbeing and general health.
Disability Support Workers may work in clients’ homes, in specialised care settings, hospitals or other care environments.
What can I earn as a Disability Support Worker?
How to become a Disability Support Worker
- Complete a vocational qualification in disability or community services. This may be a Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) or a Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115).
- Ensure you have a current police check for your state. It’s also recommended to have a First Aid Certificate.
- To advance your career, consider undertaking further study, such as a Bachelor of Social Work.
How do I choose the right course for me?
What skills are employers looking for?
- Working with children check
- Team work
- First aid certificate - cpr
- Australian car licence
- First aid certification
- Team work
- Interpersonal skills
- Ms office proficiency
- Time management