Diploma of Disability

Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Deepening
Course Location
Warragul; Leongatha
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of GippsTAFE. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges.
2014 Application Form (pdf)
Study Modes
On Site; Flexible
Starting Date
  • Ongoing

Leongatha campus
Lisa Kuhne

Phone: (03) 5662 6800
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: lisak@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Warragul Campus
Brooke Donaldson

Phone: (03) 5622 8532
Fax: 1300 094 661

Email: brooked@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Course Overview

Do you want to develop your current disability work skills and enhance your career prospects?

This course will prepare you for more senior roles in disability work, including roles involving the supervision of other staff and volunteers.

As well as core subjects, you can select four subjects of your choice (electives) so you can tailor the course to your own interests and career goals.

By maintaining a focus on developing practical skills, the Community Studies department has a long history of assisting graduates to achieve a successful employment outcome in this rewarding career choice.

Qualifications And Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Disability.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many GippsTAFE courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Employment Prospects

  • Assessor
  • Case Coordinator
  • Case Manager
  • Client Service Assessor
  • Manager
  • Program/Service Coordinator
  • Senior Disability Worker

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the Diploma of Disability a candidate must:

1.    Be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against the following units of competency common to Certificate IV in Disability:
  • CHCCS400C - Work within a legal and ethical framework
  • CHCCS411C - Work effectively in the community sector
  • CHCDIS301C - Work effectively with people with a disability
  • CHCDIS410A - Facilitate community participation and inclusion
  • CHCICS402B - Facilitate individualised plans


2.  Have sufficient relevant work experience in the disability sector to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:
  • The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
  • A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choice of actions required
  • The exercise of discretionary judgment and decision making under general guidance

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


RPL (recognition of prior learning), workshops, workbooks, practical experiences, practical demonstrations, problem solving, documents/folio, reflective journals, oral presentation, presentations to audiences, interviews, case studies, projects, group projects, group discussions, online and research tasks.

Opportunities For Further Study

Can prospective students enrol in individual units?


Course Structure

Unit Code

Unit Name

Core units (11)


Provide advocacy and representation services


Undertake case management for clients with complex needs


Coordinate complex case requirements (Note - pre-requisite CHCCM404A)


Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management


Develop, implement and review services and programs to meet client needs


Work intensively with clients


Coordinate services for people with disabilities


Meet statutory and organisational information requirements


Develop new networks


Coordinate the work environment


Access evidence and apply in practice

HLTWHS401A Maintain WHS processes

5 elective units that may be taken from the following categories:
  • Cultural awareness
  • Disability support
  • Medication and health professional support
  • Working with older people
  • Working with people with mental health issues
  • Working with people with alcohol and other drug issues
  • Counselling and client support
  • Team coordination and management
  • Palliative approach
  • Outreach work
  • Organisation Support electives