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Empower individuals within the disability sector

Please note: This course has been superseded and some units and details of the course will change.
We will provide further details about the transition of your enrolment at a later date.

With the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there are even greater opportunities to develop your rewarding career working in the disability sector.
If you're passionate about empowerment, advocacy and inclusion, and want to extend your skills and knowledge of disability, this course is for you.

You will learn to:
• Develop and provide individualised support
• Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
• Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
• Manage legal and ethical compliance and follow safe work practices

There are 14 units of competency to complete, with electives chosen by local disability services as being relevant to the needs of disability support workers.

You will extend your skills with classes on social inclusion, diverse and complex needs, non-verbal communication techniques, autism and person-centred practices.
On successfully completing this course, you will support people with disabilities in a person-centred and individualised manner, ensuring they are empowered to take maximum control of their own lives.

Monday, Thursday and Friday (Bass Coast and Mornington Peninsula)
Tuesday and Friday (Frankston)

You will also need to complete 120 hours of work placement at the end of your course. Our placement officer can assist you in finding a suitable work placement. If you currently work or volunteer in the disability sector, you may count this work towards your work placement hours.

Please note: Victorian Safety Screening Policy

    Under this policy, the prospective worker has to undergo proof of identity check and a Disability Worker Exclusion List check before they can start their placement with participants who have additional needs or the disability industry. Under the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), applicants must now provide a minimum of four pieces of identification:
  • One commencement of identity document (such as a full Australian birth certificate or current Australian passport)
  • One primary use in the community document (such as a current Australian driver’s licence or marriage certificate)
  • Two secondary use in the community documents (such as a Medicare card or a credit card).

  • Free TAFE Pathways

    In addition to being a Free TAFE course, this course is also part of the Free TAFE Pathways initiative.

    Course code
    Delivery location
    Frankston, Berwick, Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula
    Not available for International students
    Full Time, 1 year.
    Start dates
    23 January, 3 July (Berwick) 24 January, 4 July (Frankston) 13 February, 10 July (Bass Coast, Mornington Peninsula)

    Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

    Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

    Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.