Course Type:
Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus
6 weeks
Starting Date:
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Bairnsdale, Morwell, Online, Warragul

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Course Overview

Are you a direct support worker looking to improve your skills and take on more senior roles?
Are you a good listener and communicator who is supportive, encouraging and patient? Then this could be the course for you!

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is revolutionising the way Australians receive care in the aged-care and disability sectors and this exciting initiative requires dedicated support workers who are well-versed in the inner workings of the NDIS.

That’s where this course comes in, as it provides a pathway to further qualifications so you can learn all you need to in order to be part of this exciting change.

You’ll learn how to support people at home, support people in the community, in a learning environment, in employment, in a disability day service, in a disability residential service or in respite.

Taught one day per week for six weeks, you’ll be able to up-skill while you remain in your day job, allowing you to put your new knowledge into action right away.

And when you finish this course, you’ll be able to work as a community worker, an NDIS direct support worker, a disability worker or a personal carer, providing support and care to people who really need it.

There is even the opportunity to take your career further by studying a Certificate III in Individual Support or a Certificate IV in Disability. Both of these courses will help you gain more expertise and improve your employment opportunities.

This course will open new and exciting pathways to further qualifications, as you learn what it means to work with NDIS participants, and we are here to help you get started!

Please note, undertaking an introductory course to the NDIS is crucial if you’re new to working as a direct support worker (DSW), and this course is not intended as a replacement for full certificate-level qualifications.


Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2023. All Free TAFE courses at TAFE Gippsland are now available to people with higher-level qualifications and those who have completed a previous Free TAFE course and are looking to continue in their selected training pathway. Conditions and eligibility rules apply. Check out our Free TAFE information page for further details.


Fridays 9.00am-4.00pm
I day per week for 6 weeks

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon completion of this course, students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.

Career Opportunities

  • Community worker
  • NDIS direct support worker
  • disability worker
  • personal carer

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

Applicants should be able to provide a clear police check and working with children check.
Potential learners need to be:

  • good listeners and communicators, supportive, encouraging, patient
  • interested in supporting an NDIS participant in a range of settings from supporting the person at home, to supporting the person in the community, in a learning environment, in employment, in a disability day service, in a disability residential service or in respite
  • able to be employed as a DSW; that is, they need to be able to successfully meet the required checks and screenings.

Online requirement

reliable internet connection


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



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Pathway to Industry Licence

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Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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Course Structure

Sample course units

Course units
VU22448 Work effectively with a national disability insurance scheme participant


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