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 learn from experienced trainers on how to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of people with disabilities and take part in extensive industry work placement.

In 2020 we will be offering two streams under this qualification:

  • community (for work in day programs and community based settings)
  • residential (for work in accommodation services)

You'll need to decide which stream you wish to study prior to enrolment.  

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: February, June & July

Traineeship: enrolments are taken each term

Full time: 5 months starting July 16 (Tuesday to Friday 9am to 4pm with 2 compulsory 2 day orientations 14 & 15 July)

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

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

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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, evidence of current immunisation status / vaccinations for Category A Health Care Worker and 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.

You will require access to a computer with a microphone and camera.


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

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. 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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