The Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers hands-on experience with NDIS participants and people with a lived experience of disability.
This short course is for people who need an introduction to the NDIS and introductory understanding of working with an NDIS participant.
A Direct Support Worker (DSW) works with a disability client and NDIS participant to increase independence, social inclusion and community participation. This could be in the home, community, education, employment, a day service, in a residential service or respite, and include assistance with shopping, social outings, organising holidays, cooking, meal, housekeeping, life skills.
We’ll teach you how to support an 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.
On completion you will be qualified to work effectively as a DSW with an NDIS participant.
The short course is appropriate, if you:
- want to start a career in the Disability sector as a DSW
- are a new or existing DSW or work in the disability sector and would like to learn more about the NDIS
- are an aged care worker, nurse, allied health care worker, education support worker, childcare worker, youth worker, massage therapist or you have other qualifications and work with people accessing the NDIS
- are an organisation seeking to learn more about the NDIS
- have an interest in the NDIS and NDIS participants
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 DSW with an NDIS participant. We’ll teach you how to support an 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.
Skills First eligibility criteria exemptions
If you have commenced or want to commence this course, and you are enrolling in further study in specific qualifications related to the NDIS then you are granted exemptions from eligibility criteria for the following courses:
- Certificate III in Individual Support – CHC33015
- Certificate IV in Disability – CHC43115
- Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance – HLT43015
- Certificate III in Community Services – CHC32015
- Certificate IV in Mental Health – CHC43315
For more information on eligibility criteria exemptions, make an enquiry with an Education and Course Advisor.
4x Tues 5.30pm – 9pm
4x Thurs 5.30pm – 9pm
1x Sat 9am – 5pm
1x Sat 9am – 3pm
Feb 26 – Mar 23
3x Tues 9.30am – 3pm
3x Wed 9.30am – 3pm
2x Thu 9.30am – 3pm
Apr 30 – May 16
4x Tues 5.30pm-9pm
4x Thurs 5.30pm – 9pm
1x Sat 9-5pm
1x Sat 9-3pm
May 21 – Jun 15
DepartmentHealth and Community
Option 1: 5 weeks
Option 2: 5 weeks
Option 3: 2 weeks
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
Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
Assessment MethodsAssessments will be conducted throughout the course. Assessment methods include:
- direct observation
- scenarios and role plays
- written or oral questioning.
Entrance RequirementsAs 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 studyIf you have commenced or want to commence this course, and you are enrolling in further study in specific qualifications related to the NDIS then you are granted exemptions from eligibility criteria for the following courses:
- Certificate III in Individual Support - CHC33015
- Certificate IV in Disability - CHC43115
- Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance - HLT43015
- Certificate III in Community Services - CHC32015
- Certificate IV in Mental Health - CHC43315
Career PathwaysLearners who successfully complete this introductory course can look for work as a Direct Support Worker supporting an NDIS participant in the disability sector.
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.
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You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.