Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Information about jobs and careers

With the introduction of the NDIS, more than 90,000 Queenslanders are expected to be provided with the reasonable and necessary disability supports they need for day to day living.

To meet this demand, it is predicted that the current disability services workforce will need to double before the scheme is fully rolled out in 2019. It is estimated that there will be additional 15,900 to 19,400 workers required in the field.

Jobs growth is expected to include a range of roles such as support workers, specialist practitioners (like physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, psychologists), case managers, managers and office-based roles like finance and administration, customer service and community engagement.

Working in the disability services sector is an exciting and rewarding career path for many people. Further information about training and career opportunities is available through the following pathways:

  • The carecareers website provides information about job opportunities in the disability, aged care and community sector. It includes a career quiz to find out how and where your skills might best fit within the sector, and an employer directory listing the variety of organisations employing staff in the disability and community care sector by local area and a job board.
  • Explore career opportunities in the department and available jobs in Queensland Government.
  • A range of institutions offer training in the Certificate III in Individual Support. This certificate is eligible for the Queensland Government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee initiative, which provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification. 
  • TAFE Queensland provides training for a range of qualifications including the Certificate IV in Disability and the Diploma of Disability.
  • Queensland’s universities offer related undergraduate and graduate courses in disability, allied health, business, administration.  For further information, check out their websites or visit QTAC.

Not all jobs require people to have a qualification to start work - job entry level requirements vary. Some disability organisations offer training on the job, particularly to people starting out in the disability sector. Before committing to a training pathway, contact employers to identify specific work opportunities and determine which qualification might be the most valuable.

WorkAbility Qld

A Queensland NDIS Workforce Strategy—WorkAbility Qld—has been developed by the disability and community services sector to enable Queensland's disability sector workforce to be ready for the NDIS. WorkAbility Qld aims to ensure Queensland has the right people, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time to meet the demand of Queensland's NDIS participants between now and 2019.

WorkAbility Qld will provide real benefits for people, including access to support and training. In addition, dedicated WorkAbility Qld Coordinators will be on the ground in each of the NDIS rollout locations to identify and provide information about:

  • local employment opportunities
  • local training opportunities
  • local employers
  • available support

Coordinators will be supported by an extensive network of state and local organisations and Queensland Government.

The WorkAbility Strategy was created by a consortium of peak bodies, with support from the Queensland Government:

  • Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA)
  • Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS)
  • National Disability Services (NDS)

For more information visit the WorkAbility Qld website