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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
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How to become a Disability Support Worker

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.

Explore disability support work qualifications

Find a disability support work qualification to suit your needs, including online and part time options.

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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 have:

  • First aid certification
  • Team work
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Time management
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Disability Support Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 82 Disability Support Workers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate 3 individual support
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Residential support and socail enterprize
The good things
The diversity of the day to day is amazing challenging but so rewarding building relationships with peers and customers or time is a pleasure to life
The challenges
Can be emotionally draining and so duties are physically demanding like PC
2 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Higher School Certificate
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
High needs
The good things
Incredibly rewarding work; helping members of the community who are often overlooked to reach their goals and personal aspirations. It's a person centred role and you work closely with people rather t...
The challenges
With the challenges of the NDIS there is almost no job security - it is predominately casual work. Price limits set by the NDIS limit the amount organisations can charge clients, which ultimately mean...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert 3 disability
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Support worker
The good things
Being a support worker is so rewarding , the work is effortlessly blissful and the satisfaction of helping others in need walk through life with a smile , positive attitudes and a dream they can fulfi...
The challenges
Mentally you must be strong sometimes , reasonable in medical situations and emergencies.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Disability Studies
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
My role allows me to make positive change in the lives of people with disabilities. I get to assist people with all aspects of their daily lives including some of the more exciting adventures life has...
The challenges
Sometimes my job can be confronting and often you are exposed to more inmate and not so appealing aspects of someone life. You will be required to shower someone or manage some who is distressed and d...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate iv
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
There are plenty of challenges and new things to learn. You get real job satisfaction.
The challenges
This is a vocation not just a job. You need to want to do it. Learning to deal with challenging behaviours can be stressful at times but there are strategies in place to help. You get as much from th...
2 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Disability
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Community education
The good things
The good aspects of my role is working with people who have a disability to help them gain life skills and providing them with quaility.
The challenges
The biggest challenge is that you are not valued by the community or by your employer.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Nursing
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Flexible hours, able to build rapport with clients, training provided with experienced worker
The challenges
Using own vehicle to travel to different clients’ home, casual position on call system some time, challenging behaviour s of some clients
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate 4 disability
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Being a able to help people live a meanful, fulfilling life, and reach their full potential.
The challenges
Move towards part time and casual employment at the expense of full time contracts. Shift work and rotating rosters.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma life & business coach
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Disability
The good things
Rewarding job. Hands on , guiding staff, admin and responsibility
The challenges
Staff issues
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
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

What are the job opportunities for Disability Support Workers?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Disability Support Worker jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK

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
Multicap Tasmania
Devonport & North West
Multicap Tasmania is seeking experienced Permanent Disability Support Workers who have the ability to work across our diverse client base.
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Drake International
Melbourne > Eastern Suburbs
Drake Medox are searching for a reliable Support Worker to work in the Ashwood area
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Lifestyle Solutions
West Gippsland & Latrobe Valley
Our Victoria team is growing! We are seeing Support Workers to join our individual support teams. Make a difference today!
McArthur
Adelaide
Seeking experienced support workers who have a broad understanding of community care, strong values and an exceptional attitude.
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Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data