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Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)



Are you passionate about helping members of the community who live with a disability? By gaining qualifications to work as a carer in the health and community sector with Mater Education’s Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) course, you can open the door to a number of rewarding career pathways.

This nationally recognised course is delivered by our team of industry experts and experienced educators, and utilises cutting-edge clinical simulation to give you training that replicates real-life work environments.

The course will arm you with the skills and knowledge required to work in the following roles:

  • personal care worker
  • personal carer
  • direct care worker
  • home help worker
  • support worker
  • respite care worker
  • disability support worker
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service provider.

This specialised course will give you the skills to facilitate the empowerment of people with disabilities, and support community participation and social inclusion.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work supporting people with a disability in their homes and communities, or for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service providers. It will also prepare you to undertake further studies in the community services and health sectors.

This qualification is approved for the Queensland Government Certificate 3 Guarantee program. To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee, you must meet eligibility criteria. For more information on the available funding options and criteria go to the Costs section on this page.

Course information

  • Mater Education wants everyone enrolled into the program to have every opportunity to succeed at their study. Our program is dynamic, and delivered in a way that caters to all learning styles.

    When applications are open, you will need to complete an online application including:

    1. addressing the following three criteria:

    • What motivates you to pursue a career in healthcare at this time?
    • Why do you think the Mater Education program would suit you?
    • How do you plan to balance your life, work and full-time study commitments while undertaking the individual support program?

    2.  details of your work history and voluntary experience

    3. details of any prior education, including copies of any qualifications, statements of attainment or a transcript of completed study and/or your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded for the completion of year 12.

    Applicants that address the defined criteria as published and whose answers are clear and informative will progress to the next stage. 

    Stage 1: To set you up for success, we'll ask you to undergo a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) evaluation before starting the program. The LLN evaluation will give us an insight into your reading, writing and numeracy skills, and help us plan any extra support you may need to succeed in the program.

    Stage 2: Applicants who display competence at or above Exit Level 2 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) across all five core skills of learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy will be invited to an interview.

    To work in the healthcare sector you need to be responsible, physically fit, mentally alert and practical. You also need to be able to carry out all of the physical activities that are a part of caring for someone.

    Certificates and permits
    Confirmation of your enrolment as an Individual Support student is subject to the completion of a criminal history check (Fit2Work).

    You need to be immunised, or in the process of being vaccinated, for the following communicable diseases:

    • Hepatitis B
    • Varicella (chicken pox)
    • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
    • Pertussis (whooping cough)
    • Seasonal vaccinations (influenza) as required
    • COVID-19.

    If you are applying for credit for your First Aid certification your CPR currency must be up to date for the duration of the program. 


    Students will require access to a reliable internet connection enabling access to Mater Education’s virtual learning environment, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player.

Vocational placement

Mater Education has a dedicated Placement Team who will make arrangements for your mandatory placement as part of this program. You will undertake 120 hours of workplace experience placement in specialities including:

  • community care centre
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service provider.

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