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Aged care community services workers can be in residential, home or community-based environments. At TAFE NSW, you will develop a person-centred approach to support older people. Choose a lower-level certificate if you are starting your career, and aim towards diploma courses for professional development.

Community care workers care for clients in their homes or other community-based environments. At TAFE NSW you will develop a person-centred approach to support people. Choose a lower-level certificate if you are starting your career in this rewarding and growth area, and aim towards diploma courses for professional development.

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Disability workers care for clients in their homes or other community-based environments. At TAFE NSW you will develop a person-centred approach to support people with disabilities. Choose a lower-level certificate if you are starting your career in this area, and aim towards diploma courses for professional development.

Start or progress your mental health and counselling career with TAFE NSW. All our courses are linked to employer needs. You will develop or refine person-centred counselling. Choose a lower-level certificate if you are starting your career in this area, and aim towards diploma courses for professional development.

At TAFE NSW you will develop a person-centred approach to support younger people. Choose a lower-level certificate if you are starting your career in this rewarding area, and aim towards diploma courses for professional development.

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Nina Crumpton

Using life experience as career inspiration

"You can play a part in really changing another person’s world."

Nina Crumpton - Diploma of Community Services, Diploma of Counselling

At age 38, Nina Crumpton found out she had multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable condition of the central nervous system. Despite the diagnosis, she enrolled at TAFE NSW and completed a community services and a counselling course.

Nina encourages others in the disabled community to use their experience as a platform to gaining employment in the NDIS sector.

“It’s actually an advantage to have a disability if you’re working in this field, because you have a greater empathy and understanding,” says Nina, whose qualifications earned her an opportunity to work as an NDIS support co-ordinator with the MS Society.

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Whether you’re interested in becoming a disability care worker, an aged care worker, or you are interested in other roles with family and community services, TAFE NSW has the qualification you need for the job you want – including the Diploma of Community Services and the Bachelor of Community Services.

Australian care workers can earn, on average, between $50,000 and $60,000 per year, with many senior care workers earning in excess of $85,000 per year.

Disability support workers, and disability care workers, provide a range of services to people living with disabilities. Depending on the specific disability, workers may assist people with daily tasks, or perform daily tasks for them, including assisting with personal hygiene, providing mobility support, and helping with shopping tasks, food preparation, and housework.

Disability support workers, and disability care workers, need to be patient, flexible and understanding, supportive and caring, responsible, a good communicator, committed to the rights of people with disabilities, a good team worker, as well as possessing a level of fitness to handle the physical demands of the job.

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What job opportunities could an community service course lead to?

If you're looking to further your career in Community Services or launch your career in Aged care, Youth Work or the field of mental health, a TAFE NSW course is a fantastic way to join this ever-expanding sector.

We offer youth work courses from certificates through to diplomas, as well mental health courses and diplomas in aged and community care. A Community Services course can lead to meaningful careers and job opportunities, such as:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
  • Youth Case Worker
  • Community Services Worker
  • Disability Support Officer
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker


Whether you're just starting out in your career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of Community Services courses at a number of levels to suit you.