How to become a Disability Support Worker

Disability support workers provide care, supervision and support for people with disabilities in the home, residential establishments, clinics and hospitals. They also work with other health professionals to maximise the individual's physical and mental wellbeing. They also provide companionship and emotional support, and when possible, promote independence and community participation.

Personal requirements of a Disability Support Worker

  • Patient, flexible and understanding
  • Supportive and caring nature
  • Commitment to the rights of people with disabilities to live dignified lives
  • Able to accept responsibility
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to perform domestic duties efficiently

Education & Training for a Disability Support Worker

You can work as a disability support worker without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications or experience working with people who require care. You may like to consider a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a disability support worker through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$858

Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 3.3%

NSW 31.4%

NT 7.2%

QLD 13.7%

SA 0%

TAS 3.3%

VIC 24.4%

WA 16.6%

Hours worked:

42.1

Unemployment:

above average

Gender split:

Male 6.7%

Female 93.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 100%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 33.3%

Above 35 years: 73.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
To work with children, you must obtain a Working with Children Check, National Police Certificate and Provide First Aid Certificate. A drivers licence and form of transport is essential for those providing community and home support care.
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