Would you like to help people with a disability make positive changes to their lives? In our disability course you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to advocate for, and empower people, with a disability and enhance their ability to achieve greater levels of independence, self reliance and community participation.

In this course, you’ll study how to:

  • support practices for direct client care
  • provide person centred services
  • implement strategies for people with complex needs
  • increase community participation
  • enhance communication
  • apply legal and ethical guidelines
  • effective networking

Our Certificate IV in Disability is a nationally recognised qualification and sought by employers. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) promotes a wide range of opportunities for assisting people with disability and there is an increased demand for trained disability support workers following the rollout of the NDIS in Victoria in 2017.




National Code CHC43115
Study Areas Community Services
Study Level Certificate IV
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 6 months
PT: 12 months

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​


Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Free TAFE^ $0.00
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $1,794.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $359.00
Full Tuition Fee $8,234.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $70.00
Retain Course Items*** $235.00

^ This course is on the 2019 Free TAFE list - find out more.

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

FT: 6 months
PT: 12 months

Full time: 6 months (Tuesday - Friday from 9am - 4pm).  You'll need to complete a minimum of 120 hours work placement (this will be completed on Mondays & Tuesdays within the semester).

Part time: 12 months (2 evenings per week from 6pm - 9pm (Tues & Thur) and Saturday 9am - 4pm).  You'll need to complete a minimum of 120 hours work placement over the 12 month period.

Off campus: approx 12 months,  3 - 4 units will be generally undertaken each term.

Traineeships may be available: approx 12 months, 3 - 4 units will be generally undertaken each term.

Box Hill

You must be at least 18 years of age.

You should also attend an Information Session.

Working with Children Checks and Police Record Checks are required for industry work placement and future employment in this field.

Off campus or traineeship students – you must be employed within the Disability sector for a minimum of 2 days per week to be eligible for off campus study.

Successful completion will enable you to apply for the Diploma of Community Services.

Direct entry

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities in residential or community settings working with people who have disabilities.

Job roles may include:

  • residential services
  • employment services (training and supporting people with disabilities to work in open employment, or services that act as an employer, such as supported employment services)
  • recreational services
  • adult day training services
  • advocacy services
  • respite services
  • peer support programs
  • educational facilities

Completion of 14 units (including 11 core and 3 electives).

To be assessed as competent in this qualification you are  to satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks and  undertake a minimum 120 hours supervised work placement in a relevant residential or community setting. This could include – Day Programs, Living Skills Programs, Schools, Community Participation Programs, Supported Accommodation settings or Group Homes, Supported Employment settings, Transition to Work Programs, Centre-based or Community-based Respite Services.

For off campus or traineeships – work placement will be completed within your work place over the duration of your studies

Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:52pm