Course in Introduction To The National Disability Insurance Scheme


The Course in Introduction To The National Disability Insurance Scheme offers hands-on exprerience with NDIS participants and people with a lived experience of disability.

The short course is targeted at entrants who:

  • are new to working or recently employed as a Direct Support Worker (DSW).
  • need an introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and an introductory understanding of working with an NDIS participant.

The course provides a pathway to further qualifications; it’s not intended as a replacement for full certificate-level qualifications.

The course will involve NDIS participants and/or people with a lived experience of disability.

You will be qualified to work effectively as a direct support worker with a NDIS participant. We’ll teach you how to support a NDIS participant to achieve stated goals, how to use a human rights framework to ensure NDIS participant personal safety, working safely, completing and processing documentation, and working effectively with others.

4x Tues 5.30pm-9pm
4x Thu 5.30pm-9pm
1x Sat 9-5pm
1x Sat 9-3pm
Jun 19 – Jul 28
Aug 7 – Sep 1
Sep 18 – 27 Oct
Nov 13 – Dec 8
4x Tue 10am-1.30 pm
3x Wed 10am-1.30 pm
3x Thu 10am-1.30 pm
1x Wed 10am-4pm
Jul 17 – Aug 8
Aug 28 – Sep 19
Preston and Greensborough
Oct 9 – Oct 31
Nov 20 – Dec 12
Preston and Greensborough
Day Intensive
2x Tue 9am-5pm
2x Wed 9am-5pm
1x Thu 9am-5pm
1x Thu 10am-4pm
Sep 25 – Oct 4 Greensborough      

Local Students






Health and Community
03 9269 8400


Part-time: available
Option 1: 5 weeks
Option 2: 5 weeks
Option 3: 2 weeks

Class Schedule:
Option 1: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and two Saturdays (5 weeks)
Option 2: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - day (5 weeks)
Option 3: Intensive - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (2 weeks)

Modes of Delivery




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Assessment Methods

Assessments will be conducted throughout the course and will include assessment with access to an NDIS participant for practical purposes at the end of the course. Assessment methods include:
  • direct observation
  • scenarios and role plays
  • third-party evidence
  • work-related products
  • written or oral questioning.

Entrance Requirements

As a general guide to entry, learners will be best equipped to achieve the course if they have, as a minimum, language and literacy skills equivalent to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 3. Potential learners need to be:
  • good listeners and communicators, supportive, encouraging, patient
  • interested in supporting an NDIS participant in a range of settings from supporting the person at home, to supporting the person in the community, in a learning environment, in employment, in a disability day service, in a disability residential service or in respite
  • able to be employed as a Direct Support Worker (you should hold a current driver’s licence, a first aid certificate, a national police check and/or a working with children check)

Pathways to further study

After completing this introductory course, learners may pathway to:

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
VU22448 Work effectively with a National Disability Insurance Scheme participant 40