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Disability Support Worker

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.

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?

The most common salary  for a Disability Support Worker is between $45k and $55k
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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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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Working with children check
  • Resilience
  • Team work
  • First aid certificate - cpr
  • Australian car licence

Shortlisted applicants:

  • First aid certification
  • Team work
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Time management
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How do Disability Support Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 82 Disability Support Workers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Individual Support
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Disability Support Worker
The good things
An absolutely fabulous career choice for those that enjoy assisting people to achieve greater independence, In my case, my role is diverse and varied as I work with a variety of disabilities. It's not...
The challenges
It can be challenging at times, especially managing some of the more extreme behaviours, and although much focus is placed on these parts of the job, I've found the job to be more relaxed overall, th...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Disability Support Work
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Disability
The good things
Gives me satisfaction
The challenges
I am always involved in helping others
5 out of 5Jul 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV disabilities and community services
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
In home support,accommodation, ndis 1 on 1,child services
The good things
Everyone you support is different. To see a client achieve a goal they have set achieved is the best feeling.
The challenges
Communication can be very challenging at times. It would be an advantage to know some sign language and also be patient and listen carefully when a client is communicating with you. Also be aware ther...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Disability Support care
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Working with People with Disabilities to assist them in achieving their goals is very rewarding in many different ongoing ways. The value that truly helping others to gain confidence and support on a ...
The challenges
One of the biggest aspects of supporting people with disabilities is understanding your own personal role in their progress. And if you put in the time and effort with patience and compassion you will...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Youth
The good things
Every day is always different.
The challenges
Restricted with other government services
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate 4 in Fitness
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Excel my knowledge
The challenges
Challenging and fun at the same time
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Individualised Support
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Intellectual Disability
The good things
Rewarding client-carer relationships. Varied resposibilities- different shifts every day. Varied work settings- at home, transport, in the commuity, day service etc.
The challenges
Developing over time your own collaborative way of working with clients with mental illness and behaviours, through positive behaviour support. The large responsibility in case of emergency or acciden...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Disability
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Disability Support
The good things
Great job satisfaction being able to help people do the simple things most take for granted.
The challenges
Ability to problem solve & be calm
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
B.A. Literature/History
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Helping others to realise their potential
The challenges
Different clients have different needs and capabilities. This can be challenging.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
CERTIFICATE 111 IN AGEING AND DISABILITY
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
MANUAL HANDLING
The good things
IT WILL ENABLE YOU TO HAVE MORE PASSION AND ALWAYS BE PATIENCE
The challenges
SOMETIMES, YOU BEST IS NOT ENOUGH
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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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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
39.3%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Aged and Disabled Carers
Latest Disability Support Worker jobs on SEEK
Eagleton Ridge Respite Centre
Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter
Residential and Community Disability Support Workers.
The Tipping Foundation
Bairnsdale & Gippsland
Do you want to make a real difference in your community? Do you enjoy the rewarding feeling of having a positive impact on people's lives? If the a...
Arafmi Queensland Inc.
Brisbane > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Provide individual personal support and make a difference in the lives of people living with a psychosocial disability across Brisbane.
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Lifestyle Solutions
Far West & North Central NSW
Are you truly passionate about supporting people? Do you want to make a real and tangible difference to someone's life?
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