4 reasons to work in the disability sector

Ever wanted to make a positive change in people’s lives? Work in the disability sector gives you this opportunity and so much more.

With currently about 4.4 million Australians living with a disability, working in disability support is more than a job. You’ll be helping those Australians gain independence.

People with disabilities face challenges impacting accessibility to meet their physical, social and mental needs. Also, there is stigma and misinformation surrounding such needs. As a result, when people with disability are unsupported, their opportunities are often limited. Finding work, housing or a social connection becomes rather difficult.

That is why disability support within the community is crucial. 

Support coordinator with disabled participant

If you’re considering a challenging yet highly rewarding career, here are 4 reasons disability community support might be the right field for you.

Top 4 reasons you should work in disability support
  • You’re searching for a new challenge
  • You’re seeking job security in a growing industry
  • You want more than an everyday desk job
  • You believe in meaningful work and helping peop
  1. You’re searching for a new challenge

When you wake up, are you excited for the workday ahead? Do you feel inspired? Or maybe you’re going with the flow? Or maybe there is no flow. Perhaps it may be time to really wake up and start thinking about the challenge of a career change. While at first it may seem daunting, there’s nothing more exciting than experiencing new opportunities. And in this field of work, you’re sure to be inspired by assisting people reach their personal goals. When you work to support those with a disability, you have a profound impact on someone’s life. If that doesn’t want to make you get out of bed in the morning, do read on.

  1. You’re seeking job security in a growing industry

We all want job security, especially during tougher times. Working to support people with disabilities is a stable career, as the industry offers reliability of work. “At the moment, the estimated shortage is about 120,000 workers across Australia”, says Mr Moody, National Disability Services chief executive. With a huge demand for providing disability support, there’s plenty of great work that can be done.

And the demand is only growing. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) believes that within the next five years, $22 billion dollars in funding will be provided to an estimated 500,000 Australians with a permanent and significant disability. In turn, aged care and disability support work are ‘very strong’ growth prospects, according to Job Outlook. This means even more job opportunities in the sector will arise.

Therapist work in disabled sector helps patient with coordination lifting dumbbell weights
  1. You want more than an everyday desk job

There is a range of services our therapists provide at Ability Partners – no two days are the same. With varied participant needs, you must be flexible and willing to help. To ensure your participant is cared for, you must provide supportive recommendations. This comes with experience in the role – don’t worry, our team are here to help you along the way. You’ll learn a wide range of hands-on responsibilities working with people.
A career that will keep you busy, on any given day you could assist with a range of activities. This includes Functional Assessments or developing unique plans to assist participant’s Supported Independent Living.

male disabled participant smiling while working with disability support worker
  1. You believe in meaningful work and helping people

As a therapist at Ability Partners, you have the chance to help people. For example, our recommendations on Assistive Technology options help modify participant’s homes. This allows them to live more independently. From redesigning kitchens to adding handrails in all the right places, we work with our disabled participants to meet their daily living goals. 

Working in the disability sector means you’re providing care and support to those in need. As a result, the disabled people you will help become more independent and confident with their own abilities. Also, there’s no better feeling than knowing the profound impact you’re making on someone else’s life. Every day is an opportunity to do some good and make a difference.

Ready to make a difference?

Work in the disability sector is incredibly rewarding. You get to help disabled people achieve their goals. If you read this article and thought YES to any of the 4 points above, this means you’re eager to make a real difference.

With opportunity for growth in a supportive and fun culture, check out our current open roles.

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