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Course in Introduction To The National Disability Insurance Scheme

Code: 22469VIC

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available part time

Next Intake

March, July, October

Next Intake

March, July, October

Get to know the NDIS

Around 4.3 million Australians live with a disability. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for support and services for about 460,000 Australians. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme 22469VIC is a short course for people who need an introduction to the NDIS and introductory understanding of working with an NDIS participant. It is suitable for those who want to start a career as a disability support worker, are an existing disability sector worker and would like to learn more about the NDIS, have healthcare qualifications and work with people accessing the NDIS, or have an interest in the NDIS.

Learn first-hand skills with NDIS participants

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme 22469VIC will 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. The course will involve NDIS participants and/or people with a lived experience of disability so you have first-hand experience with the system and the people it serves. Your learning will be supported by industry-experienced practitioners. 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.

Broaden your career opportunities in healthcare

Knowledge of the NDIS is important and well-regarded in a broad range of healthcare scenarios. On completion of this course you will be qualified to work effectively as a disability support worker supporting an NDIS participant in the disability sector. This is essential knowledge for disability sector workers. Please note that the course provides a pathway to further qualifications. It is not intended as a replacement for full certificate-level qualifications.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Learners who successfully complete this introductory course can look for work as a Direct Support Worker supporting an NDIS participant in the disability sector.
  • Disability Support Worker


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:

For more information on eligibility criteria exemptions, make an enquiry with an Education and Course Advisor.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Remote

Class Schedule

2022 intakes:

Classes are evenings (5.30pm - 8.30pm) and two Saturdays (9.30am - 3.30pm)
March intake:Tuesday 15th March - Saturday 9th April
July intake:Tuesday 12th July - Saturday 6th August
October intake:Tuesday 11th October - Saturday 6th November

Industry delivery available.

Assessment Methods

Assessments will be conducted throughout the course.

Assessment methods include:

  • direct observation
  • scenarios and role plays
  • written or oral questioning.

Units of Study

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

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $500
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $175 $250 $750
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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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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.

Please note: Course is free for eligible students. Eligible students pay no amenities fees. Please contact 9269 8400 to check your eligibility.

Fees explained

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

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Course is free for eligible students. Eligible students pay no amenities fees. Please contact 9269 8400 to check your eligibility.

Course Fees

Course is free for eligible students. Eligible students pay no amenities fees. Please contact 9269 8400 to check your eligibility.

Scholarships on offer

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There are no formal entry requirements for this course. 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)

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 TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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