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Introduction to Direct Support Skill Set

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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


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.


This job ready skill set is part of the Skills Ready program. All job ready skill sets are available for everyone to study, some are free for everyone, some are free for eligible people (including displaced workers, concession students and youth up to 25 years not at school).

More skill sets can be found on our Skill sets and short courses page, and for other qualifications be sure to check the Courses page, to see everything we have to offer.

  • 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

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Semester 2, 2021

When Semester 2, 2021
Where Midland
How On Campus
When Semester 2, 2021
Where Midland
How On Campus
Tuition fee Resource fee Total fee
General $251.10 $40.00 $291.10
Concession $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Free training

The free training is available to residents of Western Australia, and eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training, as outlined on the Free job ready skill sets page and the Infection control training page.  Tuition and resource fees will apply for non-eligible students.

Enquiries regarding course fees can be made by calling us.

T  1300 300 822


Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2021 (fees are subject to change in 2022). Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T  1300 300 822

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