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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.
  4. To get experience in this industry and to boost your resume, you can also volunteer in Disability Services.

How do I choose the right course for me?

SEEK Learning can help you find a course to become a Disability Support Worker that suits your study preferences, lifestyle and location.
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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 Arts

This qualification gives you broad skills and knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation to get you started in your career.
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How do Disability Support Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 86 Disability Support Workers surveyed on SEEK

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

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Sep 2020
Disability is an amazing job and l definitely wouldn’t do anything else l love my job
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Disability
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Working with behaviours of concern
The good things
The clients that l support to achieve their independence they make it so amazing to be a support worker l have worked in the disability sector for 35 years and every day I learn something new from the...
The challenges
Challenges are management and for the clients it’s not being heard or given choices of how their life’s could be
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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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Working hours for Disability Support Workers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 11 Disability Support Workers

What are the job opportunities for Disability Support Workers?

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Job opportunities

Disability Support Worker jobs on SEEK
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National increase over next 5 years *
25.4%
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Source: LMIP. Aged and Disabled Carers

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