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Disability support officer

What is it like being a disability support officer?

Disability officers work with people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities, supporting them in their day-to-day activities and ensuring they have maximum control over their own lives. The nature of support disability officers provide can range from physical support to assistance with community inclusion.

Disability officers often travel to meet with clients either in independent living facilities, at work in supported employment, or in their family home. They may be required to work outside of business hours, depending on their client’s needs.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment, August 2015.

Is it right for me?

As a disability officer, you will have a supportive nature and a willingness to help others. You’ll also possess the following attributes:

  • Ability to work under pressure and in demanding situations independently
  • Problem solving skills
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Ability to relate to a diverse range of people
  • Strong communication skills

Which degree?

Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.

Professional accreditation

USQ is currently seeking accreditation with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) for the Bachelor of Human Services (Health and Social Wellbeing). If you successfully complete a minimum of 400 hours of professional placement you will be eligible for ACWA accreditation. If you're studying overseas, you can complete three other approved courses.


Explore your career options!

Are you good at understanding people and situations? Do you enjoy helping others?