Get the training required to provide valuable care for people with disabilities. These Disability Courses help you formalise your skills, so you can gain the knowledge and expertise needed to support people with disabilities, aiding them in finding more independence and community involvement. Potential subjects covered in Disability Courses include; safe work practices, legal and ethical compliance, community participation and social inclusion, working with diverse people, providing individualised support, recognising healthy body systems and health and wellbeing.
What do disability graduates do?
As a disability worker, you’ll work closely with people living with disabilities to provide support, coaching, advice and assistance on a range of social, emotional, health, welfare and development matters, and coordinate the services of service delivery agencies. Day-to-day, you can expect to:
- Meet with new clients to assess their needs and design support programs, activities and exercises;
- Work closely with existing clients to help them do daily tasks such as bathing, eating, dressing, cleaning and shopping;
- Provide companionship and friendship to clients;
- Monitor and report on the progress of clients;
- Communicate with service delivery agencies, including housing, education, employment, counselling and health services, for the benefit of your clients;
- Meet with families, employers and other people in the client’s environment, and assess community needs and resources;
- Connect clients to services;
- Prepare reports and submissions to government and service bodies, and advocate on behalf of your clients.
You’ll thrive working in the disability sector if you:
- Believe in the value and dignity of everyone
- Are empathetic and patient
- Enjoy working with people
- Are passionate about disability rights
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Like problem-solving
- Have strong organisational and time management skills
- Can think strategically
- Are committed to supporting others
The Australia Government’s Job Outlook reports strong, consistent growth in the disability sector over the past 10, five and two years, and projects that growth will continue until at least 2020. The disability sector is considered large, with over 140,000 people employed in disability roles across Australia, and Job Outlook projects an additional 50,000 roles will be available over the next five years.
As the National Disability Insurance Scheme launches, it’s likely disability workers will enjoy greater job security and enhanced job prospects, as the industry’s institutional and financial support increases.
According to PayScale, a disability support worker can expect to earn a salary between $34,000 and $69,000 per year, with an average wage of approximately $50,000 per year. While workers with more experience do earn slightly more than people with less experience, there isn’t a strong relationship between work experience and earning capacity, indicating entry-level disability support workers will be able to earn competitive salaries.
Job Outlook notes that a relatively small proportion of disability support workers are employed in a full-time capacity – reporting just over 34 per cent of people work full-time.
- Disability Services Australia
- National Disability Services