This course is Tuition Fee Free for funded students.  
Funded students pay only $95 or $175 under Victorian Skills First funding.
This course is also available as fee-for-service at $3,500 payable in instalments.
Enrolment fees include all resources.


Are you moving into a co-ordinator or supervisory role and need to upskill? Do you work in an aged care, home and community care or disability support role and want to have your existing competency recognised, gain formal credentials or up-skill?

If you are passionate about providing support that empowers people with a disability to live their best lives, then this is the course for you!

With Phillips Institute, you can take control of your study and start anytime. Enquire now and find out if this is the right program for you!  

Learning delivery methods

  • Flexible online, virtual or local classes with online assessments
  • Study at your own pace with online learning resources and assessments via LMS
  • Optional virtual assistance for online learners, or attend regular virtual classes
  • Attend facilitated weekly workshops at our fully equipped Carnegie training facility – intakes monthly
  • Attend weekly virtual study support sessions
  • Enjoy learning and sharing your experience with other students, support workers, disability and health care professionals
  • Be guided by our highly experienced and qualified trainers who will provide regular contact

Fees and Funding

If you are studying within Victoria, or a NSW or SA border region, and you’re an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen, you are probably eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding – see our Fees and Funding page for more information. 

About this qualification

This course prepares you to work providing services to people with a disability in residential group homes, training resource centres, day respite centres and open employment services, other community settings and clients’ homes. Support is provided in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing.

Typically disability support workers:

  • Promote a person-centred approach, work according to and may contribute to an individualised plan, and work without direct supervision
  • May provide support or services to individuals with complex needs, and/or work with groups of people
  • Work may include training and support to promote independence and community participation, which may be provided as part of activities and programs in a variety of settings including residential and centre-based programs
  • Report to service managers and liaise with professionals and other service providers
  • May be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team

You may also be interested in: Certificate IV in Leisure and Health, Certificate III in Individual Support, Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Diploma of Leisure and Health


While the full duration of this program is 6 months, some individuals may require up to 12 months to complete all course requirements, while others may be able to complete in a shorter time frame where relevant prior skills, knowledge and experience are demonstrated.  We recommend a placement of minimum 80 hours in order to meet the assessment evidence requirements for various units. Applicants who are already working in a relevant role may be able to meet these requirements while working, subject to employer and RTO approval.

Entry requirements

If you have no prior industry experience, we recommend you study the Certificate III in Individual Support with the three required disability elective units, prior to undertaking this program, as it is a prerequisite for entry – see below section “Pre-requisite qualifications” regarding the specific Certificate III qualifications which meet this requirement.

Pre-requisite qualifications

This course requires entrants to hold either of:

CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability PLUS the CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set.

Speak to our staff about these requirements and we will assist you to determine your best entry pathway to this popular qualification.

If you hold any of the three example qualifications above, you may proceed to apply for entry into this course.

If you hold a variation of any of the above, you may only need to do a few unit assessments in order to gain entry to the Certificate IV course.  See some examples below:

Additional Entry Requirements

  • You must be able to speak, read and write well in English in order to complete assessment tasks, and to communicate effectively in the workplace during placement. You will be required to communicate verbally with fellow students, work colleagues, other professionals, and with the families of the clients in your care in the workplace.
  • This course is particularly recommended for those who are already working in a relevant role, or who have relevant and recent experience. Students not currently working in a relevant role may be required to undertake an unpaid practical placement of minimum 80 hours in order to meet various unit assessment requirements.
  • Reliable access to a computer with internet access and beginner to intermediate computer skills are required for completion of coursework assessment tasks and communication with your trainer.
  • Minimum enrolment age is 18 years.
  • A current National Police Check, NDIS Worker Screening Check and Working with Children Check will be required for placement. See our Placement Information page for further information about immunisation and criminal check requirements.

Applicants should consider their ability to meet these requirements prior to enrolment.

Units of competency in the program

CHCCCS044Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS017Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS018Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS019Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCMHS001Work with people with mental health issues
HLTWHS003Maintain work health and safety
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice*
CHCADV001Facilitate the interests and rights of clients*
CHCCCS005Conduct individual assessments*
*Elective units may be subject to change

Are you ready to take the next step?  Apply Now to get started in a disability support career.