Disability care courses

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Introduction to Disability care

Disability care is not always easy, but its impact is incredibly profound. A successful disability worker has great patience, determination, and empathy—do you have what it takes to make a difference? Begin a rewarding career by studying a disability course, online through Open Universities Australia.

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Debbie studied community development with Murdoch University, through Open Universities Australia

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Online disability care subjects and short courses

La Trobe University


Understanding and Support for Autism

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

Next enrolment closes 21 Jul

University of South Australia

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 16 Sep 2024

Curtin University

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 25 Nov 2024

University of Tasmania

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

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Online disability care degrees

Griffith University


Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies

Bring a whole-of-life approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

University of Tasmania

Learn how to support people's health and wellbeing

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Southern Cross University


Bachelor of Community Welfare

Help and support people and families in need

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Flinders University

Become an even better advocate for people with disability

100% online

Approx. 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent

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Discover 38 ways to study disability care with leading Australian universities.

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How do I enrol?

Unlike when you study through a traditional university, you can enrol you in most of the undergraduate subjects available through our website instantly. Enrol in the subjects you’re interested in, and as soon as your study materials arrive, you can start learning online.

As you start completing your subjects, you’ll eventually need to apply to your uni to formally enter your degree. Enrolling in subjects is a great way of becoming eligible and applying successfully. Check out the Registering in this degree section on the degree page you're interested in for more information.

Postgraduate subjects are different. Most of them are restricted, meaning you’ll have to apply for entry and be accepted before you can start studying online. You’ll find information about the application process on the postgraduate degree page that you’re interested in.

Enrolling is easy. You can enrol online or over the phone with a student advisor.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.

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Why should I study online through Open Universities Australia?

There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.

  • You can enrol without entry requirements 
    We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree, we’ll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.
  • You have total control over how you study
    Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you didn’t even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.
  • You’ll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student
    Once you enrol through us, you’ll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you’ll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.
  • We’ll help you navigate the university world
    Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.

Areas you'll explore in a disability course

  • Special needs care: Manage and improve the behaviour of those with complex or challenging needs.
  • Special needs education: Support learning and development, design tailored learning plans to cater to individual needs.
  • Disability and the law: Develop policies and procedures to ensure that disability care is effective and ethical.
  • Social inclusion: Work on strategies for integrating people with disabilities into the community.

Career paths to take

With increased funding for Australians with disabilities under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the demand for disability care professionals is growing. Careers that graduates often pursue include:

  • Disability support work - For example, personal care, domestic support or transportation.
  • Job facilitation - Prepare people with disabilities for the workforce.
  • Specialist support - For example, physiotherapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy (requires specialist study).
  • Disability organisation work - Play a role within a disability-based organisation.
  • Disability policy work - Examine and amend the law to ensure a better future for people with disabilities.

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If you’re drawn to a career that sees you making a difference in people’s lives every day, disability services could be your perfect fit, even if support work isn’t your goal. 

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