Working in the Disability Sector

Information about education and training options for jobs in the disability sector.

Disability services jobs and careers

Working in the disability sector means helping to support people of different ages, backgrounds and disabilities, across many different jobs.

These jobs and the wide variety of career types available in the sector can be highly rewarding.

You will help National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants to achieve their goals through individual support and see the change that support makes in their lives.

Supporting people with disability also involves different tasks each day, to keep you learning, and the opportunity to develop strong connections with your clients because it is a person-centred industry.

Below is an overview of the types of jobs in disability support services, from disability support workers to allied health professionals.

The information also covers what you can expect to do in those roles and what education and training is required.

Scroll through the pages to see all the options or use the jump to section to read the articles you are most interested in.

More industry related articles are shown at the end of the page.

Types of jobs in disability services

Working in disability services means you get to make a difference in a person's life, supporting them to live as independent as possible. If you have a caring nature and are looking for a hands-on job, enjoy working with people, where no day will be the same, then a job in disability support may be for you.

There are different types of jobs that can assist people with disability in day-to-day life, with accessing supports, getting around and being part of the community or with medical needs.

Duties and responsibilities

The tasks performed if you're working in the disability sector can be either small or more involved. Still, they are centred around offering someone with disability the appropriate support that they need, ensuring their wellbeing and promoting independence.

Every person with disability has different needs and the types of tasks you will perform in your role will depend on that. Read on for a general description of some of the main duties and responsibilities for different roles.

Qualifications and experience

Qualifications and experience required to work in the disability sector can be gained through different types of education or personal development through TAFE, university, on the job training or other accredited courses.

There are many different levels of qualification that can help with gaining the skills and knowledge to help you in a disability support career or job. These range from a Certificate III in Individual Support to a university degree. Depending on what type of job you are interested in, there will be different requirements.

How does a Behaviour Support Plan improve quality of life?

A Behaviour Support Plan aims to provide the tools and strategies necessary to support a person with disability to improve their quality of life.

Read more

Accessing disability support without NDIS funding

Only about 10 percent of Australians with disability are actually National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants. So what happens if you’re not eligible for the NDIS?

Read more

Why are MS Nurses important?

More than 25,600 Australians live with multiple sclerosis (MS) and there are 90 nurses working across the country to provide people with MS with a special kind of support.

Read more

Tips for breaking down barriers to palliative care

For people with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families, palliative care could lift quality of life.

Read more