Introduction to Direct Support Skill Set

Share this course on your social media page

Ageing and Disability Job Ready Program

A career in the ageing or disability sector can be very rewarding. You can get started in one of the fastest growing workforces in Western Australia and make a positive difference to the lives of others.

This is an exciting opportunity to start a career that makes a difference and supports a person to reach their goals, engage with the community and meet their support needs.

As part of this course you will attend a work placement with an employer where you will gain real, hands on industry experience and secure a ‘foot in the door’.

By completing the Ageing and Disability Job Ready Program, you may:

  • Be offered a job with your work placement employer
  • Be offered an aged care or disability work traineeship
  • Use your skills to transition into an allied health occupation
  • Gain employer references
  • Be connected with other employment opportunities within these sectors or
  • Complete further studies

For more information visit or call 08 6551 5049 or email


This skill set is related to the Skills Ready program. Other skill sets can be found on our Courses (opens in a new tab) page, using the Refine course results>Study mode filters.


If you're aged 15—24 years (not at school), receiving the JobSeeker payment, receiving Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY or holding a pensioner concession card, Health Care Card or a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, or a dependent of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution, you are eligible to enrol for free!

* Please note that eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training.

  • Compliance with infection prevention and control polices and procedures
  • How to conduct manual tasks safely
  • How to meet personal support needs
  • How to communicate and work in health or community services

I have the following attributes:

  • Willing to deal with physical demands and manual tasks (e.g bending, squatting)
  • Willing to be on your feet for extended periods of time, both walking or standing
  • Have the ability to identify hazards and risks, and willing to follow work health and safety (WHS) procedures.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with a range of people (e.g. clients, families, co-workers)
  • Have the ability to understand and use math concepts effectively (e.g. measurements, basic calculations, 24 hour clock)
  • Willing to be flexible with working hours
  • Have reliable transport to get to work

Please note a minimum age requirement of 18 years is applicable to this program.

To enter the ageing or disability sector, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • NDIS worker screening check
  • Current Flu vaccine
  • National Criminal History Record Check

Please note, you may be required to meet additional requirements to enter the workforce, however these may be sector or work place specific and you will be notified if you are required to meet any additional requirements.

This course is full time for 3 weeks. You will also attend full time 10 days of work placement.

2021 course start dates

3 May
28 June
23 August

Study options and next steps

Click on your preferred study mode below to get started with your application or enrolment.

Semester 1, 2021

When Semester 1, 2021
Where Midland
How On Campus
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Midland
How On Campus

Get help

Please note This form is only for course enquiries. If you would like to apply, please refer to the 'How to apply' tab above.

Preferred contact method
Preferred delivery mode
Have you studied with us before?