Work Education Department



Melbourne Polytechnic is a well respected education provider in Victoria with a significant history in delivering accredited education services to the broader community.

At the Work Education Department, we have developed specific expertise in working with people with an intellectual disability or acquired brain injury and people on the autism spectrum, and the staff who work with them, to meet their individual learning goals. The Department is regarded as a leader in the field and our staff have extensive experience and academic qualifications in education among other areas of interest and specialisation.

We also have the capacity to develop customised, individualised training packages for employers wishing to employ people with a disability or community services organisations whose staff deliver support services to people with a disability. Our knowledge and approaches are up to date and focus on the strengths and skills of our training participants.

Some of our specialist areas include:

For people with a disability, carers and/or their families

Getting ready for the NDIS, direct your own supports

  • understanding the NDIS and how it will affect you
  • effective decision making and choice
  • self-advocacy
  • person-centred planning
  • families or carers as planning partners
  • problem solving
  • creating support networks
  • exploring service providers

Practical Life Skills

  • literacy and numeracy for life
  • goal setting
  • personal organisation skills
  • problem solving
  • accessing community options and resources
  • money management and basic household skills
  • mobility, independent travel and driver education

Career Confidence

  • employability skills
  • planning for post school options
  • practical job readiness skills, CV writing, dress for success, workplace behaviours and expectations, interview support 

Creativity, leisure and community engagement

  • active learning through creative arts, including:

    • singing for fun and wellbeing
    • theatre arts
    • animation and visual arts
    • re-engaging with the community for isolated adults

Personal development

  • safe behaviours at home, in the community and on-line
  • developing social skills, respectful relationships, building self esteem and resilience
  • becoming a volunteer
  • dealing with bullying 

For organisations and individuals working with people with a disability

Teaching skills

  • understanding the impact of disability on learning
  • teaching strategies for success, including task analysis, project based learning and identifying motivators and barriers to learning
  • learning outcomes and assessment tasks
  • the TAFE approach to work preparation – individualised planning and work experience placements
  • active case management for students

Industry and Community training

  • developing a Disability Action Plan
  • creating an inclusive workplace
  • disability awareness

Contact us to talk about your training needs

Ask for the Head of Centre, Course Coordinator, or the Partnerships and Service Development Manager for more information.

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Last Modified: September 21, 2016