Aged Care vs Disability Care: Which Course is Right for You?

Published On: 10 July 2023Categories: News, Training
The Aged and Disability Care industry is a vital component of Australia’s healthcare system as it provides essential services to the country's ageing population and individuals with disabilities.
An empathetic support worker assisting woman using a walker in a tranquil garden setting.

In the coming years, the sector is expected to grow due to increased life expectancy and a higher demand for specialised services.

In the same way, the demand for skilled care professionals will also be on the rise, offering numerous career opportunities for those interested in making a difference in the lives of others.

Even though choosing the right career path is not always easy, our Certificate III in Individual Support Ageing and Disability courses are a good place to start.

While both fields involve caring for people in need, they have distinct differences and similarities. Each field has unique career outcomes and salary expectations.

In this article, we'll explore these aspects of aged care and disability courses helping you determine which course is right for you.

Aged Care Support Worker vs Disability Support Worker Roles

Embarking on a journey in aged care or disability courses opens up diverse career opportunities with different outcomes and salary expectations.

Let's take a closer look at the roles of aged care support workers and disability support workers.

Role of an Aged Care Support Worker

Aged care support workers provide assistance and support to elderly people, helping them maintain their independence and quality of life.

Their day-to-day duties may include:

  • Personal care (e.g., bathing, dressing, grooming)
  • Meal preparation and assistance with feeding
  • Medication management
  • Transportation and assistance with errands

Career outcomes may include:

  • Residential support worker
  • Nursing Assistance
  • In-Home Respite
  • Family Support worker
  • Accommodation support worker
  • Community care worker
  • Home care assistant

The estimated salary for an aged care support worker ranges from $40,000 to $60,000 per year, depending on experience and location.

Role of a Disability Support Worker

Disability support workers provide care and support to people with physical or intellectual disabilities, helping them achieve their goals and participate in their communities.

Their day-to-day duties may include:

  • Personal care (e.g., bathing, dressing, grooming)
  • Assistance with mobility and transfers
  • Support with communication and social interaction
  • Meal preparation and assistance with feeding

Career outcomes may include:

  • Personal care worker
  • Disability support worker
  • Respite care worker
  • Family support worker
  • Community care worker
  • Home care assistant

The estimated salary for a disability support worker ranges from $45,000 to $65,000 per year, depending on experience and location.

What’s the Difference Between Aged Care and Disability Course Units?

Aged care and disability courses share core units.

These cover essential topics such as communication, safety, and ethical practices, which are applicable to both aged care and disability care settings.

However, the elective units allow students to specialise in either aged care or disability care, focusing on areas such as dementia support or supporting people with complex needs.

Core Units Include:

  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Aged Care Course Units

Upon completing your Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) course, you'll be qualified to work in a home, community, and aged care services, equipped with valuable transferable skills, including communication and teamwork, and ready for further studies in the health and community sectors.

Ageing Specialisation Units

  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

Elective Units

  • CHCPAL001 Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
  • Non-accredited Manual handling

Disability Support Worker Course Units

Upon completing your Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) you’ll be able to support people with disability, empower them and promote social inclusion.

You will be well-prepared to work within communities, in homes, and for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Service Providers.

Disability Specialisation Units

  • CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
  • CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

Elective Units

  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
  • Non-accredited Manual handling

Can I Study a Certificate III in Individual Support Ageing and Disability?

Our nationally accredited Certificate III in Individual Support course is the starting point for a career in this sector.

You can specialise in either aged or disability care. Choosing between the two, depends on your career goals, personal interests, and the population you wish to serve.

Aged Care and Disability Course Costs

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and/or Disability) enrolment fees are:

Type Price
Full Course $3,100
Recognition of Prior Learning**
Administration Fee (To be paid upon enrolment) $495
Cost Per Unit (To be paid after preliminary application assessment) $150
Subsidised Training (Certificate 3 Guarantee Program) 
Non-Concessional $120
Concessional $70
Subsidised Training: Job Trainer             
Full Course $0

At Carers Queensland we offer flexible payment plans for our courses and have Funding Options for Students available.

Are You Ready to Pursue a Career in Aged Care or Disability Support?

Through Carers Queensland you can access flexible, online, high-quality training options that fit your busy schedule.

Our courses are perfect for those seeking employment opportunities in home, community, and disability support settings.

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