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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Disability Support Worker is between $70k and $80k
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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 (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.

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SEEK users who have worked as a Disability Support Worker have studied these qualifications.

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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

Develop knowledge on health and welfare to prepare for career opportunities as a Social Worker with this qualification.

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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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How do Disability Support Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 84 Disability Support Workers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
4.3
Career progression opportunities
3.7
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.7
Variety of work
4.0

Latest reviews

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Aug 2019
Support work won’t make you rich financially but it will make you rich as a person emotionally and spiritually.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate lll in individual support
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Support worker
The good things
Disability support work is very rewarding by making a positive difference in the lives of those people who live with a disability.
The challenges
Not to get too attached to the people that you support.
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Aug 2019
Being a support worker could be hard, but it is also rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Support worker
The good things
It is an avenue to support people living with disabilities to live a life when they have choices and make decisions that support their independence
The challenges
You get to meet different people with different care needs, and some people with intellectual/mental disabilities might be physically aggressive which poses a work hazard
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Working hours for Disability Support Workers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
Never
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What are the job opportunities for Disability Support Workers?

Find out how the job market is trending

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Job opportunities

Disability Support Worker jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
25.4%
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Source: LMIP. Aged and Disabled Carers

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