This Qualification has been superseded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and will change in Semester 2, 2023.This may result in changes to the program structure, content and fees.
Individual support workers play a vital role in helping to support people with disability.
They facilitate the empowerment of people with disability through a rights-based, person-centred approach to enhance the psychosocial wellbeing and lifestyle of people with disability.
Nearly 20% of the Australian population has some form of disability, and we need a skilled and experienced disability workforce to support them.
Gain confidence and practical experience with industry placements, ensuring you’re work-ready upon graduation.
Tailor your learning to suit your lifestyle with instructor-supported online learning.
Benefit from assessments in multiple formats, including on-campus, online, and within industry placement contexts.
By gaining an understanding of the principles of choice and control, along with dignity of risk, the Certificate III Individual Support (Disability) reflects the role of workers to empower people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing.
This certificate teaches the theory, skills and practices required to begin a rewarding career in the disability sector. It reflects the role of a support worker in a variety of disability support environments, and will teach you to follow individualised support plans to assist people with disability to achieve their goals
Throughout your study in this certificate, you will receive personalised training to develop work practices for better client outcomes. Your study will take place through multiple formats, including online, on-campus and within industry placements.
You will undertake 120 hours of work placement in a leading disability support service, throughout which you will receive ongoing support from your teachers.
Assessment will be based on demonstration of skills, the application of knowledge in a workplace context, and how you integrate these skills in preparation for the contingencies and demands of a busy workplace.
The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.
Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.
As a student in this certificate, you will undertake activities that allow you to learn and apply your professional practice in real work situations.
You will undertake 120 hours of work placement with an accredited disability organisation. As part of this, you will have the opportunity to develop and practice your skills in a real industry context, undertake structured learning, and have access to industry experts who will help ensure you are across contemporary industry practices.
As a student in this certificate, you will be expected to be on campus two days per week, with an additional day for online support, including assessment support.
To graduate from the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), you must successfully complete seven core subjects and six electives.
Through these subjects, you will learn about the legal and ethical requirements of working in the disability sector, how to communicate effectively in community services, how to provide individualised support that empowers people with disability, comply with infection prevention requirements, and develop strengths-based skill development.
Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.
Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Healthcare and social assistance are currently Australia’s largest employing industries, and the fast-growing disability sector offers a wealth of employment opportunities.
The NDIS workforce plan (2021) has identified that the care and support sector is one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing sectors, with around 3,750 unfilled current vacancies and an additional 83,000 NDIS workers expected to be required by 2024
The Certificate III Individual Support (Disability) prepares you for employment in roles such as:
You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.
There are no minimum academic requirements. You must be at least 18 years of age by the commencement date of the program.
There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.
A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.
If you are successful in obtaining a place in this program, you must meet a number of professional compliance requirements upon commencement of your studies.
You will be required to hold a Victorian Working with Children Check valid for 5 years, prior to undertaking clinical components as part of this program.
Note: For clinical components undertaken interstate a valid Working With Children Check for that state is required.
You will be required to present evidence of a successful National police record check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program (this is an annual requirement for the duration of your program). Checks are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using your name and your RMIT issued student email address once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
You will be required to undertake COVID19 Vaccination as part of this program. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
You will be required to undertake annual influenza vaccination as part of this program. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
Please note: Additional immunisations may be required in response to changes in Government regulations or at the request of the placement host organisation.
*All relevant screening and compliance check fees are the responsibility of the student.
The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.
The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service
The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.
You must meet the entry requirements to gain access to this course. Please contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options.
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.
Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2024 is $351.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.
Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact Study@RMIT for more information.
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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.