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Career as a disability support worker

A disability support worker taking pride and enjoyment in their jobA career as a Disability Support Worker (DSW) means you will be employed in a professional environment providing care and support to people with an intellectual and/or physical disability living in our community-based group homes.

The work is not always easy, but the rewards are attractive and it will bring out the best in you. The needs of the people we care for vary, so you will need to remain flexible, adaptable and positive in everything you do. 

What would I do?

  • Work actively with people with an intellectual disability, who may also have a physical disability who are living in a group home
  • Develop and implement programs to support clients to develop skills and abilities so they are more able to make decisions affecting their lives, live as independently as possible and to help them participate in the community
  • Encourage clients to develop personal, community and social relationships
  • Help them develop and maintain independence and safety in personal care, health care and hygiene (such as eating, dressing, toileting and bathing).

Where would I be working?

In a range of accommodation settings located in residential neighbourhoods. Usually these are group homes or respite centres which house four to six people with disability.

Respite services are provided in houses where clients come generally on a planned basis for shorter-term residential support.

The services provided by ADHC are located across the State.

What do I get in return?

Most of our staff are covered by an appropriate state Award or agreement. While the conditions and rates of pay will vary dependent on the position you apply for, and the Award that you are covered by, the conditions will generally include provisions for penalty rates for shift work, overtime, rostered days off or flex time and allowances. 

The pay and conditions of DSWs are covered by a NSW State Award. From July 2012, the salary range for DSWs is $46,452 to $48,507 for those with no formal qualifications, and $49,450 to $57,193 for employees with a Certificate III in Disability Work.

Penalty rates and shift allowance also apply.

A rewarding career and opportunities for ongoing training.

What are my career prospects?

You will develop a strong foundation from which to develop a career in disability services. If you obtain a Certificate III qualification in Disability Work you will progress to a higher grade and rate of pay.

Some of the career pathways for DSWs after gaining experience and/or qualifications include senior DSW roles, Team Leader, Coordinator A&R, Manager A&R, Respite Client Liaison Officer, Data Entry Team Manager, Business Support Coordinator, Practice Support Coordinator or Workplace Trainer.

Would I be good at this work?

You must be compassionate, down to earth and practical. You must be able to work as a part of a professional, close-knit team. You must be willing to undertake training, and can work independently.

How do I start my career in disability work?

See the Disability Support Worker brochure (PDF) for relevant experience and qualification requirements.

Visit iworkfor.nsw to search for a role, register and apply online.

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