Working in the Disability Sector


Welcome to the National Disability Services (NDS) and carecareers Victorian Workforce Promotion Project webpage. NDS offers an extensive array of workforce resources which can be accessed in the links below.



Disability workers and participant




If you are new to the disability sector or looking for work in which you can really make a difference, then this is where you will find all you need to know.


The disability sector in Australia is growing rapidly thanks to the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which supports around 500,000 people with an annual budget of over $15 billion. There will be thousands of new jobs created in the sector over the next three years in Australia.*


Job opportunities now and in the future include:

  • Support Workers for in-home, community access, employment and residential services
  • Allied Health Practitioners e.g. physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists
  • Allied Health Assistants
  • Support Coordinators
  • Planners and Local Area Coordinators
  • Administration Workers
  • Human Resources Staff
  • Information and Technology Staff
  • Finance Staff
  • Supervisors and Managers
  • Project Officers
  • Early Childhood Intervention Workers

People from all backgrounds are welcome in the disability sector. For many of the disability support roles, no formal qualification is required to start work. Other positions are for graduates with tertiary qualifications or vocational education and training (VET) qualifications.


Some of the benefits of working in diverse roles within the disability sector are:

  • Flexible hours
  • Schedules that work around study commitments
  • Full-time, part-time and casual positions
  • An opportunity to work as an independent contractor


As a starting point, you may want to look at our resources which give a sense of what it is like to work with a person with disability to achieve their own goals. Then you can click on the link to the Website and see the range of jobs in the disability sector that are available right now. If you successfully apply for one of these roles then you are on your way to a sparkling new career in the disability sector.

Hear what opportunities are available for workers in the disability sector in Australia in this podcast (8 minutes).

Workforce Promotion: An overview of opportunities

Learn about Support Coordination roles for people with disability who have NDIS packages in this podcast (8 minutes).

Workforce Promotion: Support Coordination

Find out about how support workers partner with people with disability to achieve their goals in this podcast (7 minutes).

Workforce Promotion: Working to Assist a Person to Achieve Their Goals

Hear about how working in the disability sector can easily be combined with study commitments

(6 minutes).

Workforce Promotion: Job opportunities whilst studying

Watch a video on the rewards of working in the disability sector (2 minutes).

Kevin's Story



Take our Career Quiz to find out what role suits you best.

Visit to see current vacancies in the disability sector.

Good Luck!

Brought to you by National Disability Services (NDS) which represents over 1,000 disability employers


*Sources: NDIA, Australian Government


 For more information see the links below:


Jobseekers * Employers * About Disability * Contact Us