Why a career in Disability is right for you!

PUBLISHED17 May 2024

1 in 6 people (18%) have a disability in Australia, which equates to 4.4 million people!

With over 4.4 million people having some form of disability, this industry is one the fastest growing industries in Australia!


To fully meet demand, the NDIS workforce is forecasted to grow to 40%, or 128,000 workers, by June 2025.

Demand is also growing across the wider sector – disability, aged care, and veterans’ care. By 2049-50, demand for care and support workers is projected to double – at which point almost 1 in 20 jobs are expected to be in the sector.

For people seeking a career in disability, this industry can offer tremendous satisfaction through the opportunity to empower and support people with disabilities to thrive and live independently.

Want to help people?

Perhaps you have always been someone who likes helping and motivating others, and want a role that is very rewarding. A career in disability is a great way to harness those skills and your desire for change.

Want to do more with your career?

When you work within this sector, each day will be different from the next! You are constantly being challenged and learning something new about your clients.

One day you could be facilitating group outings, then you could be creating programs internally to help your clients develop new skills.

Some daily tasks could involve:

  • Providing companionship during daily activities
  • Helping and developing safety and independence in personal care, health care, and hygiene
  • Performing various household tasks including planning menus, cooking, and shopping.
  • Helping clients contact their family
  • Meeting new people that can assist your clients with their communication skills

Want career stability?

Disability care is expected to grow to over 45,000 new jobs in 4 years. That is equivalent to a 25% growth, as predicted by Seek! With so many new jobs forming within the sector, now is the right time to start in this sector!

Nearly 50% of those that are employed in this sector have completed their Certificate III or IV.

Organised and passionate?

A Support Worker’s role involves being highly organised and managing a variety of different tasks at one time. This means if you want to be a Disability Support Worker, you will need to know to understand how to multi-task between different responsibilities.

Some other skills that you will need to become a Support Worker include: patience, thinking outside the box, and being empathetic towards your patients.

What can I do with this Qualification?

What’s the difference between the two qualifications?

Studying the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) will help you to start your career within this sector. You will learn things like: communicating and working in health or community services, meeting personal support needs, and even following established person-centered behaviour.

However, the Certificate IV will help you expand your knowledge and take on a more Supervisory/Managerial role. Some things you will learn can be leading an effective workplace relationship, as well as managing the legal and ethical compliance of your team and clients.

After completing the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability, you can become a:

  • Support Facilitator
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Community Development Officer
  • Local Area Coordinator

After completing the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), you can become a:

  • Client Assistant
  • Transport Support Worker
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • In-Home Respite Worker
  • Residential Care Worker

Ready to start your career in Disability Support? Enquire now about our CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) or CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability.

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