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Why becoming a disability support worker is a great career choice

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Are you looking for a role that is varied, rewarding, and immensely fulfilling? If you’re over the 9-5, enjoy working with people and want to make a real difference in someone’s life, then look no further.


A role in the Disability Sector could be just the job for you!



Currently, more than 4.4 million Australians live with a disability, and if the past few years haven’t already made it clear, essential workers are invaluable within our communities. Disability Support Workers are considered essential workers and are truly worth their weight in gold, as they provide critical services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. If you are considering a new career path and have not considered the disability sector previously, here are 4 reasons why you should consider disability as your next career choice:


  1. You are looking for real fulfilment in a role As a Support Worker you will provide personal, physical and emotional support to people with a disability on a regular basis. Helping and encouraging people to achieve greater independence and be active members of the community, as a support worker you play a crucial role in supporting people to gain skills and confidence. Feel rewarded as you help those around you to achieve their goals and aspirations.

  2. You’re ready for a new challenge Does your current job leave you feeling uninspired? Ready to take on a new challenge that makes you feel motivated? There’s nothing more exciting than opening yourself up to new opportunities. Disability support work could be an ideal choice for you. You can have a profound impact on someone’s life. You’re providing support and care to someone who needs it most, helping them to achieve their independence and to be more confident in their own abilities. Plus, the role can be incredibly diverse. You will always be uncovering new things, not only about your clients but about yourself. On any given day you could be facilitating a group outing, attending a football game or even baking chocolate brownies. You could be creating programs to help your clients develop their own skills and abilities, or simply providing emotional support and companionship. You’ll be meeting new people and having new experiences all the time. Every day there is a chance to make a difference.

  3. You're sick of the 9 to 5 and want more workplace flexibility Does the grind of 9 to 5, peak-hour traffic and being stuck behind a desk, fill you with dread? Maybe you’re starting a family or moving to a new area. Perhaps your priorities have changed. Having a flexible work schedule can relieve a lot of pressure and help you better balance your priorities. Finding a job that matches your lifestyle can bring a new level of all-around well-being. If you’re looking for more flexibility and choice in how, where and when you work, a career in disability services can provide just that. This means you could punt your typical 9-5 desk job for the freedom to choose your days and hours.

  4. A stable career with lots of opportunities is appealing Whilst you might like the idea of leaving your 9-5 desk job, you still have bills to pay! Life isn't getting any cheaper. That's why job security is so important. At QHC we understand the value of every single person in our team. Your contribution is so important to us and to the clients you work with. We do everything we can to ensure job stability as well as many and varied opportunities for growth and development. In fact, the entire industry is in a large growth phase: According to data from Job Outlook, demand for aged and disabled carers is growing very strongly with more than 179,000 job openings expected over the next five years. This is largely driven by Australia’s ageing population and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


Starting out as a support worker, there are many opportunities for career progression, and many different paths you could take, from a Team Leader, Support Coordinator or even Behaviour Support Practitioner. If you have a Certificate III or IV qualification it not only increases your chances of being hired but it means you would be more likely to always be essential within your industry.


So are you interested in a disability services career? Now might be the best time to start that rewarding career you’ve always wanted. Here at Quality Health Care, we have a variety of roles available, in lots of locations around Sydney catered for all different skill sets. We want you here so go check out what opportunities we have on offer!

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