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Certificate IV in Disability

Free TAFE Code: CHC43115

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An empowering career path

With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout, people-focused, disability support workers are in high demand. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115 teaches you the skills to pursue a rewarding career in a fast-growing sector. Disability support workers provide residential, recreation and respite services to people living with disabilities. Job opportunities in disability support are predicted to almost double over the next five years, with over 35,000 job openings forecast every year.

Learn people-oriented skills with a Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115

Melbourne Polytechnic has a significant history in delivering accredited education for the disability sector, working with industry bodies to ensure that all courses are current and representative. In this highly-regarded, nationally-recognised disability course, you will learn how to train and support people with disabilities so they can live with more self-reliance, community participation, and wellbeing. You will learn under friendly and supportive industry professionals with extensive experience within the disability sector. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115 offers the chance to develop industry connections and experience when you complete 120 hours of work placement as a disability worker. You’ll learn the latest skills and industry knowledge and graduate job-ready.

Walk into a rewarding job

You’ll graduate from our Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115 with the skills needed to work independently and coordinate a small team within the disability sector. You will be qualified to work in a range of different roles in the disability sector such as lifestyle support officer, senior personal care assistant, behavioural support officer, disability team leader, day support disability officer and senior disability worker. You can also choose to further your skills by completing the Diploma of Community Services CHC52015.

The Melbourne Polytechnic program includes the additional optional unit, HLTAID011 Provide First Aid. It is highly recommended that students undertake this unit, as a current First Aid certificate is preferred by the disability sector.

Students in this cohort will be also be simultaneously enrolled in the optional 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to deepen their skills and knowledge of the NDIS and working with an NDIS participant. Fees for this course are listed on the website.

Apply for the 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at the same time you apply for the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability by clicking Apply Now

Note: The 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) dual enrolment will follow the CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability timetable. Specific dates will be advised at Orientation. Dates that appear on the 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) website are for the public demand course only.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115 take me?

Graduates from our Melbourne disability course obtain the skills needed to work independently and coordinate a small team within the disability sector.
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Lifestyle Support Officer
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Senior Disability Worker
  • Day Support Disability Officer
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Disability Support Worker

Study Pathways

Graduates from the Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115 can further their study with the Diploma of Community Services CHC52015.

Course Details

Delivery methods

All students are required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work placement in a relevant residential or community setting.

This course is taught through blended delivery (a combination of remote and on-campus delivery) at Greensborough campus.

These include:

  • Simulation
  • Work placements

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus / Virtual classroom

A blend of both face-to-face and virtual learning with scheduled classes taking place on-campus and in virtual classrooms.

Class Schedule

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday - 9am - 3:30pm

Assessment Methods

Assessment may include on-the-job demonstrations of skills and knowledge, written pieces, and classroom activities.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support Core 30
CHCCCS024 Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder Elective 50
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports Core 50
CHCDIS004 Communicate using augmentative and alternative strategies Elective 60
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses Core 135
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability Core 100
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion Core 60
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach Core 50
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs Core 90
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core 40
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance Core 80
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems Core 70
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Elective 18
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care Core 25
VU22853 Apply human rights based approach to the identification reporting and prevention of disability abuse Elective 65

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Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $330 $1650 $13000
Materials fee $50 $50 $50 $50
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $300 $555 $1950 $13300
Per year $
Per semester $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

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The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.



For compulsory work placement of 120 hours:

  • Be aged 18 years and over.
  • Provide a clear Police Check or a NDIS Worker Screening Check. Where an organisation requires a NDIS Worker Screening check, a Police check will not be required. This requirement is not negotiable. Industry will not accept students without a clear record.
  • Students are advised of the conditions associated with the Disability Exclusion Scheme and the impact on placement and employment opportunities.


Evidence of:

  • You must have already received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (or have an exemption) to be able to work and undertake placement in a healthcare setting. See
  • Current influenza vaccination
  • Individual services may require additional immunisations.

Other recommended vaccinations (not compulsory):

See for recommended immunisations for health care workers.

Documents do not have be provided at enrolment but must be received prior to placement.

The unit HLTAID011 Provide First Aid requires students to perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor. Additional units require students to demonstrate and complete manual handling tasks. This includes but is not limited to the capacity to reposition clients in wheelchairs, push wheelchairs, use hoists, put clients into slings, turn a patient using a slide sheet, use a standing machine and walk with clients who use crutches or wheelie frames who may fall and be unable to weight bear properly. Students must be able to fulfil these requirements independently.

Language and Literacy

All potential learners will undertake a pre-training review and an LLN assessment.

As a general guide to entry, learners will be best equipped to achieve the course outcome if they have:

  • A minimum level of literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF Working Level 4 Reading and Working Level 2 Numeracy
  • A good standard of digital literacy

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payments Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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