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Disability Service Officer Courses

The duties of a disability service officer are similar to, and can sometimes overlap with, those of a disability support worker. The main difference is that a disability service officer tends to be responsible for planning aspects of care, as opposed to carrying out everyday home-based duties or accompanying clients and patients on errands and other appointments.

The primary job of a disability service officer is to help those with a range of issues live their everyday lives freely through the use of available resources. These resources include educational and professional courses and programs as well facilities and services for overall medical and financial support. Disability service officers assess clients and patients to see which resources best suit their needs and monitor progress to determine if new avenues need to be sought. Disability service officers will also liaise with friends, family and colleagues of clients and patients to help establish a network of support.

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Popular Disability Service Officer Courses

There are 4 courses available for people who want to become a Disability Service Officer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Disability Service Officers earn?

In Australia, a full time disability service officer generally earns $1,150 per week ($59,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Disability Service Officers?

There isn't clear data on disability service officer positions specifically. However, aged and disability support worker jobs as a whole have grown strongly in recent years. They are expected to continue to be a strong source of employment around the country. As of May 2019, there were approximately 177,000 aged and disabled carer jobs in Australia. That number could potentially rise to 222,000 in 2024. Some reports indicate the possibility of about 35,800 job openings per year over that span.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal - 2019 Occupational Projections and Australian Government Job Outlook

How long does it take to become a Disability Service Officer?

Many disability service officer jobs require completion of more advanced qualifications and/or some experience in the support industry. One such qualification that could potentially prepare you for a disability service officer position is a Certificate IV in Disability. This can take around 12 months to complete depending on if you choose to study on campus, online or through blended study modes and whether you study full or part time. This qualification also has a work placement component. Individual Support or other support studies specialising in Aged and Disability Support can be helpful, though each position can have different requirements.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within disability. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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