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You may be eligible for this course through the Working For Victoria Initiative.

This is a Free TAFE for Priority Course. Find out about your eligibility

Develop the skills you need to help individuals with a disability reach their independent living goals

Have you always wanted to make a difference?

With the online Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), you’ll acquire job-ready skills to enable you to launch into a rewarding career in the disability sector. Through online modules and a supported practical placement, you’ll learn how to provide personalised support and empowerment to people living with a disability.

You’ll also develop strategies for communicating with people who have complex communication needs and learn how to support the skill development of a person with disability. Throughout the course, you’ll build up valuable skills that are necessary for working in the healthcare industry, from providing individual support to communicating with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers.

You will be required to complete a total of 120 hours of industry (work) placement over the course of your studies.

Students are required to produce a valid Working with Children Check and a satisfactory police check prior to commencement of the course.

We also offer the Certificate III in Individual Support specialising in ageing and home & community care online.

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).

  • Practical Placement is a required component of this course and will be scheduled as soon as possible with an appropriate placement host. Given the current environment, however, this may take longer than normal and therefore, expected completion dates for the course may need to be extended to take account of deferred placement.

    If you have any queries on the practical placement of this course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 275 265 or

    Applications received after 20 September, 2020 will be considered for Study Period 5 which commences on 7 December, 2020.

    Enrolments for Study Period 5 commences on 12 October, 2020

    Course code
    On campus
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    Applications Open
    Not available for International students
    Full time - 9 months (2 modules per study period after first study period), part time - 1 year (1 module per study period after first study period), plus any additional time required to complete course workplace requirements. Note: Modules 1-3 must be completed together in first study period.
    Start dates
    7 Dec, 25 Jan, 19 April, 12 Jul and 4 Oct