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Empower individuals within the disability sector

This qualification reflects the role of individuals in a range of community settings and peoples’ homes, who provide support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing. Workers promote a person-centred approach, work according to, and may contribute to an individualised plan, and work without direct supervision. They may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

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 10 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.


9:00am - 4:00pm (Tue Online)
9:00am - 4:00pm (Thu Online with 9 on-campus days)

9:00am - 4:00pm (Mon & Wed Online)
9:00am - 4:00pm Wed (9 on-campus days) – Frankston students only
9:00am - 4:00pm Thurs (9 on-campus days) – Berwick students only

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.

Course code
Delivery location
Berwick, Frankston
Not available for International students
Full Time, 1 year.
Start dates
29 January, 29 July

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.