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Disability Support Worker

Provide personal, physical and emotional support to people with a disability.

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.

Disability Support Worker

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.
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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?

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How to become a Disability Support Worker


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It’s possible to work as a Disability Support Worker without formal qualifications, however, many employers require a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) (CHC33015).

  1. 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).
  2. Ensure you have a current police check for your state. It’s also recommended to have a First Aid Certificate.
  3. To advance your career, consider undertaking further study, such as a Bachelor of Social Work.
  4. To get experience in this industry and to boost your resume, you can also volunteer in Disability Services.

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Certificate IV in Disability

This qualification provides the skills to work in the disability support industry and provide supervision to a small team.

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Bachelor of Social Work

This degree will provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge for a career as a Social Worker.

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Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

This certificate will provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge to deliver support to people living with a disability.

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Latest Disability Support Worker reviews

Latest reviews from 298 Disability Support Workers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Disability support can be challenging but it is the most rewarding job and I wouldn't do anything else
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate I in Community Services
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
disability support
The good things
Reasons disability support is a great career; - meeting some amazing people and making positive relationships with your clients - this jobs requires attention to detail which is a great skill to have ...
The challenges
some days it can be emotionally challenging but patience and positivity defeats all challenges in the end, all you need to do is remind yourself you are there to help, to make someones day easier. wha...
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Mar 2021
Disability support worker is a challenging job but very rewarding experience and a personal growth processfor me.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Disability
The good things
The good things are being able to work with different clients and help them integrate into different community settings. Flexible shifts. Meeting different support workers. A good opportunity to impro...
The challenges
Having my client throwing tantrum and not settling, while some clients can be physically aggressive, rare though. Always alert and keeping a close eyes on clients as some of have no sense of danger. H...
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