Through the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme), people with disability have more choice and control over the support and services they access to reach their goals. Conversely, this funding has also opened up more diverse NDIS jobs in Melbourne for support workers and disability carers.
As an NDIS Support Worker, you’ll deliver vital services to support your clients in and out of their home. This can cover all areas of life, from socialising to getting to appointments and more.
What qualifications do you need for Support Work?
Each Australian state differs in what minimum requirements are as an NDIS Support Worker. Specifically for NDIS jobs in Melbourne, most applicants need to have:
- Current NDIS Worker Screening Check
- Current Working With Children Check (optional)
To open up more career opportunities, consider broadening your skills with further training. For example, we highly consider applicants with one or more of these certifications:
- Current First Aid Training – HLTAID003
- Infection Control Training – Covid 19
- NDIS Worker Orientation Module
- Certificate III in Aged Care/Individual Support
- Certificate IV Disability or Community Service
Furthermore, advanced training for high care services, such as hoist operation and PEG feeding are highly regarded and in-demand. An experienced NDIS provider like Flexi Support can support staff through an advanced training pathway.
What is the NDIS Worker Screening?
Prior to employment, all new Support Workers need to complete the NDIS Workers Check. The NDIS Check is a way to ensure everyone who works with NDIS participants do not present an unacceptable risk.
You can apply for your NDIS Check online at Service Victoria. Having this check done prior to applying for an NDIS job shows you’re organised and well-prepared for your role as a Support Worker.
We also highly recommend that applicants complete the NDIS Worker Orientation Module. Additionally, provide a copy of your Certificate Of Completion when applying for a Support Worker role.
Do I need ongoing training?
The NDIS does not have specific requirements for ongoing training. But as in any other industry, professional development is highly encouraged to advance your opportunities.
For instance, recommended skills to update regularly are:
- First aid
- Infection control
- Manual handling
- Working with people with challenging behaviours
- Managing challenging behaviours
This list might seem daunting to navigate by yourself. But one of the advantages of working with an experienced NDIS provider like Flexi Support is the ability to access staff training and job-relevant support for further qualifications.