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.

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


Australian Sign Language 1A

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 04 Mar 2024, 11 Jun 2024

University of Tasmania


Foundations of Health and Wellbeing

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024

University of South Australia

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 18 Sep 2023, 16 Sep 2024

University of Tasmania

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024

Online disability care degrees

Griffith University


Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies

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

Engage with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including communication, learning style and behaviour management. Benefit from a multi-disciplinary, whole-of-life focus, leading to quality intervention and management for people with ASD.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

Southern Cross University


Bachelor of Community Welfare

Help and support people and families in need

This community welfare course prepares you to work with clients and colleagues in human services. Placements add context to your studies with real world experience. Explore youth work and case management. Adopt the values and ethics of the profession.

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

University of South Australia


Bachelor of Community Health

Prescribe a caring career.

Consider career choices in mental health, nutrition, disability or aging. Help to take care of vulnerable people. Prescribe wellbeing programs to nourish diverse communities. Shape and support health projects. Gain professional non-clinical skills online.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Flinders University

Specialise in an aspect of disability study

Get ready to lead a team within the disability support sector. Explore disability theory and practice, before specialising in policy, trauma responsiveness or research. Find career opportunities in human services, the government, or the NDIS.

100% online

2 years full time or part time equivalent

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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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