By completing the Certificate IV in Disability, students can make a genuine difference in empowering people with a disability and enabling them to increase their independence and wellbeing.
Students will gain the valuable skills to support people with disabilities, enhancing their self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing in a range of community settings and clients' homes.
They will also put their empathy and passion to the test in the workplace, with 120 hours of placement included in the course.
Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.
Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions
During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.
This course prepares students to work in the Disability Support industry in a range of roles. Students may find employment as
- Behavioural support officer
- Development officer
- Project officer (life enhancement team)
- Disability officer - day support
- Residential care officer
- Disability support officer / worker
- Senior personal care assistant
- Employment coordinator (disability)
- Social educator
- Job coordinator
- Lifestyle support officer - special school
Working in this industry may involve supervision and/or coordination of workers, shift and weekend work.
When looking for work in this industry, employers are often also looking to see if candidates have First Aid Certificate and completion of the NDIS Course.
After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.
1. Subsidised Standard: $5,546.00
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $1,109.00
3. Subsidised Trainee: $5,828.00
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $1,166.00
5. Full Fee: $7,614.00
Course Materials: $376.00
Student Services Fees (per year): $85.00
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:
- are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
- will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.
Course Fees consist of 3 different components:
- Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
- an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
- Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
- Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.
Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.
GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options
Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.
GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:
- Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
- Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
- Students are advised at the application stage of any course of industry requirements which may include but are not limited to:1) National Police Check with no disclosable outcomes (check not less than 6 months old at time of commencement of placement)
2) Working with Childrens Check (with at least 1 year before expiry)
3) National Disability Insurance Scheme Credentials (NDIS Screening check)
Please note: working in the industry, for most roles, also requires a Disability Workers Exclusion Scheme (DWES)Check.
- Help clients with daily tasks - personal care, mobility support, shopping, housework etc
- Co-ordinate social events for clients
- Be patient, observant and caring is vital to working in this industry
- Laptop/Computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
- Access to digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
- Webcam and headset for online meetings.
Course Study Units
Assessment methods may include:
- Knowledge tests/quizzes
- Workplace observation/demonstration
- Various written tasks
On average assessments are due two working weeks from the timetabled last date of the unit and there is an allowance for 2 re-submissions. However, if necessary more support and an extra submission opportunity via appointment.
Attendance & Commitment
It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments they may need to complete outside normal training sessions.
Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in online learning where required.
- 120 hours of mandatory work placement is required for this course, of which 100% is mandatory
- GOTAFE will organise placement
- consists of 3 consecutive weeks of placement, Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) and is timetable during Semester 2 of the Program Delivery, However, students can organise their own placement during the year and some students undertake placement 1-2 days per week outside of timetable.
Blended study mode:
- Attend face-to-face classes one day per week on campus
- 80% of scheduled on-campus attendance is mandatory
- Attend an online tutorial one day per week - for half the day
- There is an expectation that students spend additional time outside of class conducting research and undertaking assessment tasks.
Traineeship study mode:
- Trainees bring existing skills and knowledge whilst continuing to build these skills on the job.
- Students are provided with a webinar timetable with webinars scheduled at varying times throughout the day or evening to maximise face to face attendance and participation. They have 1 x3 hr webinar per month (10 in total).
- Students are required to undertake structured online learning through goLearn where they read learning materials, watch videos on You Tube and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.
- Engage in a minimum of 207 hours of unsupervised guided learning, which includes time in the workplace to further consolidate knowledge and skills.
- Weekly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training. Students have access to Trainers for the duration of their course and can schedule a one on one phone call outside of working hours if required.
Educational Support Services
As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.
A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.
Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.
Jobs and study options
Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.
Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.
Support for personal issues
We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.
Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.
We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.
Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.
Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:
- Aspirations/career goals
- Educational attainment and capability
- Literacy and numeracy skills
- Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.
Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.
You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:
- Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.