Disability Support Worker

Job Description

Disability Support Workers provide care, emotional support, physical assistance and supervision for people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

Careers Ladder


It’s possible to work as a Disability Support Worker without formal qualifications, however, many employers require a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Individual Support.

Complete a vocational qualification in disability or community services. This may be a Certificate III in Individual Support or a Certificate IV in Disability.

Ensure you have a current police check for your state. It’s also recommended to have a First Aid Certificate.

To advance your career, consider undertaking further study, such as a Bachelor of Social Work.


  • Autonomy
  • Communicator
  • Compassionate
  • Detail Orientated
  • Flexibility
  • Interpersonal
  • Patience
  • Reliability
  • Team Player

Key Skills

  • Supportive and caring nature
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Maintaining Records
  • Building Relationships
  • Energetic

Future Prospects

Career progression in this field can lead to other roles such as: