About the course

About the course

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, enhancing their ability to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance and community participation.

In our disability 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
  • effectively network

Our Certificate IV in Disability is a nationally recognised qualification, with graduates highly sought out 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 2017 rollout of the NDIS in Victoria.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Full time: 3 February 2020

Part Time: Expression of Interest being taken for potential April 2020 enrollment. Contact Customer experience to lodge your EOI.

Off campus/Traineeship: enrolments are taken each term

Full time: 5 months (Tuesday - Friday from 9am - 4pm). You'll need to complete a minimum of 120 hours work placement within the semester

Part time: 10 months (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

Off campus/Traineeship: approx 12 months, with 3 - 4 units generally undertaken each term

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our disability course you can apply for employment opportunities in residential or community settings working with people who have disabilities.

Job roles are available in the areas of:

  • 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
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Entry Requirements

You must be at least 18 years of age.

Students are required to produce a valid volunteer Working with Children Check and a satisfactory police check prior to commencement of the course. These 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 (15 hours) per week to be eligible for off campus study.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


To apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for a traineeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation

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

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

Fees & Finance Options

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

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$377$1,886$8,326
Service Fee$160$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80$80
Material Fee$140$140$140$140
Retain Course Items$165$165$165$165
Total Course Estimate$545$922$2,431$8,871
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$545$922$2,431$8,871

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, 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).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates 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.

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Course Structure

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 programs
  • 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 workplace over the duration of your studies.

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