Job and career opportunities

The NDIS is creating jobs. It is predicted that the workforce will need to double as the scheme becomes fully operational. Working in the disability services sector is an exciting and rewarding career path for many people, whether you are looking for a long-term career or flexible part-time and casual options.

Now is the time to join the rapidly growing disability sector, because a career supporting people with disability is a chance to be part of something better.

Types of jobs and careers

Jobs in the disability sector include a range of roles such as support workers, specialist practitioners (like physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, psychologists), case managers and office-based roles like finance and administration, customer service and community engagement.

Career pathways and training

  • The carecareers website provides information about job opportunities in the disability, aged care and community sector. It includes a career quiz to find out how and where your skills might best fit within the sector, and an employer directory listing the variety of organisations employing staff in the disability and community care sector by local area and a job board.
  • A range of institutions offer training in the Certificate III in Individual Support. This certificate is eligible for the Queensland Government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee initiative, which provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification.
  • TAFE Queensland provides training for a range of qualifications including the Certificate IV in Disability and the Diploma of Disability.
  • Queensland’s universities offer related undergraduate and graduate courses in disability, allied health, business, administration.  For further information, check out their websites or visit QTAC.

Not all jobs require people to have a qualification to start work—job entry level requirements vary. Some disability organisations offer training on the job, particularly to people starting out in the disability sector. Before committing to a training pathway, contact employers to identify specific work opportunities and determine which qualification might be the most valuable.

Real life stories

Careers in disability

The NDIS in Queensland: Creating job opportunities in the disability sector