1 year part time
Delivery mode:
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Start dates:
19 February 2024
13 May 2024
15 July 2024

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Develop the skills for a rewarding career supporting and empowering people with disabilities with a Certificate IV in Disability Support CHC43121 at Victoria University.

You’ll learn to provide support and training to people with disabilities in community-based and residential settings. You can make a genuine difference to the lives of the people you work with, enabling them to be more independent and increasing their quality of life.

This course will give you the skills and knowledge to:

  • facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • provide individualised support
  • develop and provide person-centred service responses
  • supervise or coordinate a small group.

You’ll gain valuable professional experience by completing a minimum of 70 hours of placement, which will allow you to put your theoretical learning into practice.

You will extend your skills with classes on:

  • social inclusion
  • diverse and complex needs
  • trauma-informed care
  • non-verbal communication techniques
  • autism.

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Eligible students currently won’t pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

Find out more about Free TAFE.

Vaccine requirements

Certain vaccines are now required for some healthcare workers. Prior to commencing practical placement, it is recommended you:

  • provide evidence of having the influenza vaccine
  • Provide evidence of having the COVID-19 vaccine (unless an exception applies):
    • fully vaccinated if under 18 years old
    • fully vaccinated (boosted) if 18 years and over.

Find out more about vaccination requirements for healthworkers.

Everything you learn at Victoria University has direct links to the real world.

Our teachers maintain strong industry connection and possess the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge.

Throughout your course you will complete minimum 70 hours of placement in industry.

Note: hours and days may vary, and you may be required to travel outside of your usual location to attend placement.

This hands on experience is invaluable for your development.

Victoria University believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. We have a strong history of community engagement, working with organisations in the region to develop programs that meet local needs.

These partnerships benefit the communities near each of our campuses, and benefit our students too. By contributing to local projects, we can ensure our students’ skills are well matched to opportunities in the region, and create networks for future employment.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria University Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.

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Careers in disability services

The welfare and community services sector is one of Australia’s fastest growing sectors, and is expected to continue growing (Labour Market Insights). With a Certificate IV in Disability Support CHC43121 from Victoria University, you’ll be equipped to provide support and training to people with disabilities. You’ll be able to help them to be more independent and self-reliant in community-based and residential settings.

You’ll find employment options in:

  • residential group homes
  • training resource centres
  • day respite centres
  • clients’ homes
  • open employment services
  • other community settings.

Learn more about careers in the disability sector.

Discover jobs and careers in the care sector.

Potential job titles include:

  • behavioural support officer
  • disability support worker
  • NDIS planner/support coordinator
  • employment coordinator (disability)
  • residential facility coordinator
  • local area coordinator
  • social educator
  • job coordinator
  • lifestyle support worker
  • day program coordinator
  • team leader.

Course structure

To be awarded the CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support, a total of ten (10) units of competency must be achieved, comprising of:

  • seven (7) core units, and;
  • three (3) elective units, of which:
  • at least two (2) must be from the training package
  • up to one (1) may be from the training package or any endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).



This qualification reflects the role of individuals in a range of community settings and peoples' homes, who provide support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and well-being. Workers promote a person-centred approach, work according to and may contribute to an individualised plan, and work without direct supervision. They may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

All applicants must have successfully completed on of the following:
- CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability); or
- CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability); or
- CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability and the CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set.
All applicants are required to complete the following to determine suitability for admission:
complete a Pre-training Review (PTR)
- must undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment
Practical Placement:
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires:
a current and clear Police Record Check
a current and clear NDIS Worker Screening Check
evidence of influenza vaccination
evidence of COVID-19 vaccination (unless an exception applies):
- fully vaccinated if under 18 years old
- fully vaccinated (boosted) if 18 years and over.
see here for further information: https://www.health.vic.gov.au/immunisation/vaccination-for-healthcare-workers
The following are suggested sites to obtain these required checks:
Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
NDIS Worker Screening Check - https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/national-disability-insurance-schemex

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Available start dates:

  • 19 February 2024
  • 13 May 2024
  • 15 July 2024
  • 7 October 2024

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