Disability Workers Desperately Needed in Australia

Disability Workers Desperately Needed in Australia

Did you know there are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability? With more eligible people with disabilities accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) than ever before, more disability support workers are desperately needed to meet the demand.

Approximately 430,000 people with disabilities currently access the NDIS for community services and support. The NDIS supports all people with disabilities and provides information and connections to services in their communities like doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools.

NDIS also shares information about what support each state and territory government provides. The whole point of NDIS is to give people with disability the opportunity and respect to continue to live independently and manage their own lives while accessing assistance from NDIS and a disability support worker.

The National Disability Services Chief Executive David Moody says an additional 120,000 disability support workers are urgently needed to meet the increased demand generated by the NDIS, which was introduced in 2013.

Alarmingly, almost 70% of disability service providers turned away requests for services last year because they did not have the capacity to provide a support network, according to the State of the Disability Sector Report 2020.

Today 450,000 NDIS participants receive support from over 11,600 active NDIS providers employing around 270,000 workers across 20 occupations. “The NDIS will soon have 500,000 participants and, according to some estimates, the disability workforce will need to double in size in the next three years just to keep pace with increasing demand,” the report said.

Already, $176.3 million has been invested in the NDIS Jobs and Market Fund which includes targeted projects to increase the number of providers and attract more disability support workers to the industry.

NDIS community service

In fact, $5.9 million has been invested to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability to access culturally appropriate and localised NDIS support. Right across the country, around 83,000 additional support workers are urgently needed by 2024.

Registered NDIS provider, ONCALL Group Australia, has been forced to turn down 100 shifts a day because of a lack of support workers. Sydney Morning Herald

To help strengthen the disability support sector and meet the needs of Australians living with disability, the Australian Federal Government has worked with the states and territories to develop the NDIS national workforce plan, which was published July 2021.

The plan is designed to attract workers with suitable skills, values and attributes, while also improving access to training and development opportunities for the existing disability support workers. This includes ensuring qualifications, experience, pay and conditions are also competitive and appealing.

In July 2021, the NDIS provided $2.15 billion in support payments to participants in the scheme. That’s up 18% from the same time the previous year. With more people with disability joining the scheme every day, the sector desperately needs more disability support workers. But more NDIS funding is drastically needed. In fact, to meet the demand, within the next five years, NDIS will need to provide more than $22 billion in funding a year.


So How Can You Make a Difference?

disability support worker reassuring disabled elderly

This is where you come in. The industry is screaming for dedicated carers and support workers to join the growing sector and give back to the community. Jobs and responsibilities vary right across the industry, including flexible, casual and full-time roles.

There are so many jobs that need filling based in the community, home or allied health, like:

  • disability support worker
  • residential care assistant
  • community care worker
  • NDIS worker
  • family support worker
  • aged care assistant
  • nursing assistant
  • disability services officer and
  • in-home respite worker.


NDIS wants to attract workers to the disability sector from a diverse range of cultures and languages, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, to meet participant needs.

The disability services industry is all about providing care for people, so the values and behaviours of support workers are often more important to the NDIS participant than the formal skills they bring.

Join many others who are entering the disability support sector in Australia. This financial year alone, Inspire Education saw a 68% increase in enrolments for Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) and Certificate IV in Disability compared to the previous financial year.

These disability courses will show you how to support independence and make a positive impact on the wellbeing of our most vulnerable community. You’ll support community services and participation so they feel part of the larger society. Not only will you provide valuable assistance to those living with disabilities, but also build relationships with carers and families. You’ll make a positive difference as part of a greater support team.

elderly woman assisted by disability support worker

Do you want to be part of a satisfying and rewarding career? Do you want to make a positive difference in the lives of those who need it most? Do you believe every life is valuable? Do you want the opportunity to connect with a diverse range of people? Are you wanting employment stability?

If you answered yes, just imagine going to work every day and being able to empower people to believe they are valued, respected and can live a fulfilling life. Imagine supporting people living with a disability so they can stay in their home or facility and live comfortably and with dignity.

How awesome is that!

You’ll never experience another dull day at work. Each day as a disability support worker will be unique, rewarding and life-changing.

“Working as a disability carer is probably the most rewarding and fulfilling job I’ve had. I had the opportunity to care for the same people regularly, which meant I could build strong relationships with them and their families – it’s hard not to get attached.” – Corinne, former disability and aged care worker, now Training Coordinator at Inspire Education.


Inspire Education can help you achieve your dreams

Inspire Education wants to help you reach your full potential and enjoy a rewarding career. Finding the time to study can sometimes be a challenge, but with our range of flexible, self-paced online courses like Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), Certificate IV in Disability, Certificate III in Individual Support (Home and Community) and Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), there’s never been a better time to dive into the disability support sector.

Our helpful trainers provide unparalleled support as they all have industry experience and are available via phone and our student portal. Our student online platform is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A role in the disability sector has huge job growth, prospects and financial support from the Australian Government. You’ll be able to work in a range of health, disability and community service facilities.

Corinne wants to help people become disability support workers.

“After 22 years as a disability support worker, I became a trainer because I wanted to pass on the valuable knowledge and skills I’d gained over the years to the next generation of workers. The aged care and disability sectors need people who are committed to making a positive difference to our ageing population, individuals living with disability and our community. People who genuinely have the wellbeing of our most vulnerable at the centre of their mind are the people the industry desperately want.”

Studying an online disability care course with us provides you with a nationally recognised qualification, and the skills you need to make a real difference in the disability sector.

People living with disability deserve the best life possible. If you’re compassionate and have a passion to be part of something greater than yourself, joining the disability care community is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. Your clients will become part of your life and you’ll go to a job that you love – every day!

Want to know more about the experience of working in Aged Care and Disability? Click What’s It Like to Work in the Aged Care and Disability Sector to hear from one of our experienced trainers.

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