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Introduction to Direct Support Skill Set

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Make a positive difference to the lives of others 

Work your way to a fulfilling career in the direct care industry with this introductory skill set, designed to give you the basic skills and knowledge needed to work safely and provide support to people in a range of health care settings such as direct client care, community care, community services, in-home care and disability care.

Gain these skills: 

  • Compliance with infection prevention and control polices and procedures 
  • Conducting manual tasks safely 
  • Meeting personal support needs
  • Communicating and working in health or community services 

Tuition and resource fees

Eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $491.10.

Course dates and location:

Rockingham – new dates to be advised

This program includes 3 weeks full-time study, followed by two week’s work placement with an employer in disability or aged care.


If you're aged 15—24 years (not at school), receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper 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 skill set is part of the Skills Ready program. Other skill sets can be found on our courses page, using the Refine course results>Study mode filters.

  • This program is free for concession-eligible students. 
  • All students must be over 18 years of age.
  • Your expression of interest will assess your suitability for the work involved in the direct care industry such as whether you are able to drive for disability care work, screening for NDIS, drug and alcohol tests and criminal history checks, being able to physically work and communicate with people, having the necessary literacy and numeracy requirements to communicate effectively and your ability to be flexible in your working hours. 

How to apply

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Should your expression of interest show you are the right fit for the industry, you will be invited to attend an information session, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and get access to lecturers and information about work placement employers. 

No future dates planned

This course is currently undergoing delivery planning and information will be available on our website shortly. Check back later, or use the Get Help form below to have our Client Contact Centre contact you with further information about the next course start, delivery locations and study modes.

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