A career as a support worker

A career as a disability support worker can be challenging. It’s also an extremely rewarding career path where you’ll make a real difference and add value to people’s lives.

What’s more, since the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), thousands of new support worker jobs have been created, with ongoing opportunities for the future.

Why should I consider a career as a support worker?

As a disability support worker, you’ll make a positive difference in other people’s lives. If you like variety, you can expect each day as a support worker to be different and offer an abundance of learning experiences.

It may not always be easy but the joy of supporting others will keep you interested and motivated. 

Being a support worker also offers great work-life balance, where you can work hours to suit your schedule. There are plenty of job opportunities, with an 70,000 new NDIS support worker jobs expected in the next three years alone.

What will the job consist of?

The amount of assistance you’ll provide will vary depending on the abilities and the health of the person you’re working with.

A disability support worker provides daily personal, physical, and emotional support.

Daily tasks in a support worker role could consist of: developing programs to support clients to develop the skills they need to live independently; organising and going on social outings; completing household tasks; being a companion and offering support during daily activities; helping people with disability maintain contact with family and friends; and helping develop and maintain independence and safety in personal care, health care and hygiene.

 What qualifications and experience do I need?

Anyone with the passion and drive to help others can become a disability support worker, even if you do not have any previous experience or qualifications. Completing a Certificate III and IV in Disability Work can improve your employment opportunities and may also lead to management and team leader roles with organisations such as Nextt.

At Nextt, we are looking for support workers to join our team. We aim to create a culture of proven excellence, with a focus on creating high-value and personalised support systems designed to help our clients get more out of life. We employ support workers who are compassionate, reliable, and flexible, with a willingness to go above and beyond. Our training programs have been designed to guide our employees through all the vital learning and development to become an exceptional support worker.

For further information on becoming a support worker download our free guide, or contact us on 1300 576 097 and receive advice from one of our friendly team members.