C0047 - Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme

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Plan: C0047 - Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Qualification national code: 22469VIC
Nominal hours: 40
Career: TAFE
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: City campus
Owning school: Social Care and Health (535T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
Partnered offering / Corporate client: Not applicable
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Purpose of the Program

The vocational outcome of 22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme is to ensure entrants who are new to this type of direct support work have an appropriate introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and an introductory understanding of working with an NDIS participant.

This course is targeted at new entrants into the disability sector and provides a pathway to further qualifications – it is not intended as a replacement for full certificate-level qualifications. Individuals who successfully complete this course and wish to continue working in the disability sector are strongly encouraged to further develop their skills and knowledge through the attainment of a full qualification(s).

Focus areas throughout the course will be on how to:

  • Support an NDIS participant to achieve stated goals identified in their day to day support plans
  • Take appropriate action within a human rights framework to ensure NDIS participant personal safety
  • Work safely when supporting an NDIS participant
  • Complete and process required documentation
  • Liaise effectively with others

This course is designed for:

  • People working in the disability sector as a carer or support worker
  • Counsellors, nurses and health care professionals
  • Youth and community services workers wishing to work in disability services
  • Teachers and education support workers
  • NGOs, businesses or HR professionals looking to understand how the NDIS will impact the workforce
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Articulation and pathways

After achieving this introductory course, you may:

  • continue on a VET pathway via relevant training products from the CHC Community Services Training Package or the HLT Health Training Package
  • seek employment as a DSW supporting an NDIS participant in the disability sector.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs which may include:

  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
  • CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
  • CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
  • CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
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Entrance requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements, however, as a general guide to entry, you will be best equipped to succeed in the course if you have, as a minimum, language and literacy skills equivalent to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 3.

If you have lower level language and literacy skills, you may be able to engage with additional support to successfully participate in the course.


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External accreditation and industry links

22469VIC Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme was developed at the request of the Victorian Minister for Training and Skills to provide direct support workers with the skills and knowledge needed to work effectively with National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this course.

However, the following national legislation applies specifically to working in the disability sector:

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
  • Australian Privacy Act 1988.

And in Victoria, relevant legislation includes:

  • Disability Act 2006
  • Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014
  • Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
  • Information Privacy Act 2000
  • Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

Depending on a Disability Support Worker's (DSW’s) role, the following national legislation may also apply:

  • Age Discrimination Act 2004
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975
  • Sexual Discrimination Act 1984.

This program has strong industry links with the development guided by representatives from the following government departments and organisations:

  • Able Australia
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Health and Community Services Union (HACSU)
  • Office of the Disability Services Commissioner
  • National Disability Service (NDS)
  • Scope
  • Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV).

In addition, this program is supported by ongoing engagement with industry regarding skills and training needs through the Community Services and Health Services Industry Advisory Group (IAG).

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course-related materials, such as DVDs, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service, you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face-to-face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long-term medical condition or other forms of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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