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Disability Services Instructor

VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites Police Check First Aid Working With Children check

Disability services instructors assess training needs, conduct training programmes and organise employment or recreation and leisure activities for people with intellectual, physical, sensory, social or emotional disabilities.

Disability services instructors may be required to work outside normal business hours.

This depends on the nature of the training involved and could include a wide variety of tasks, such as organising a paper round or recreation and leisure activities.


    Disability services instructors may perform the following tasks:

  • determine the needs of people with disability, including those needs which may be met through training or work experience
  • plan, develop and implement education and training programmes and check on how well they have worked
  • talk to parents, residential care workers, community groups, employers and other interested people


  • understanding and acceptance of people with disability
  • good communication, organisational and leadership skills
  • enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • patient and flexible

Interest Area

Helping/Community Service Influencing/Personal Contact Clerical/Administrative Medical


They may specialise in one of the following service areas:

Disability Employment Service - finds jobs in the open labour market for people with disability, injury or health conditions. They also provide the necessary training and support to assist people to learn and retain the job, for as long as required. They work with local employers, Registered Training Organisations, government departments, community and health services, and other organisations as part of their service delivery. This is also known as Supported Employment.

Life Education - teaches independent living skills to people with disability, as well as providing literacy and numeracy skills, communication and vocational training, community orientation training, and techniques of coping with daily living activities.

Recreation and Leisure - establishes recreation and support networks and provides recreation and community orientation training.


VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites Police Check First Aid Working With Children check

To become a disability services instructor you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in disability. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree with a focus on disability, rehabilitation, behavioural science or human services. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12 with English.

A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas.

Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.

Additional Information

    Students may be required to obtain a National Police Certificate, a Provide First Aid Certificate, immunisations and a Working with Children Check (NSW) or a Working with Vulnerable People Check (ACT). Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.


Disability services instructors are employed by providers of non-residential care for people with disability.

Disability Employment Services are now a demand-driven service, with no limitation on the number of eligible people able to access the service. This can increase the demand for disability services instructors.

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