See yourself as empathetic, patient and kind?  Our Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) could be the qualification that helps you thrive. Learn core skills to deliver quality support in a safe, simulated environment before undertaking practical placement in an Aged Care setting. Graduates can expect to work with a diverse group of clients, typically elderly people or those living with a disability, by providing support to be more independent to participate in community and/or recreational activities.  Furthermore you will be exposed to working a variety of health care professionals to support and provide care in either residential, community or health care.

As part of this course you will need to undertake a minimum of 120 hours of work placement.  This will be sourced by Swinburne.

Cert III Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) is a pre-requisite for Certificate IV in Disability.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

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The February 2024 intake for this course has been cancelled. The next available intake is July 2024. If you'd like to know more get in touch with us today.

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Skills you’ll learn

  • Understanding client needs
  • Holistic care
  • Teamwork
  • Communication

Your career opportunities

  • Home and community care worker
  • Support services assistant
  • Individual and disability support worker
  • Aged care worker
  • Personal care assistant
  • Accommodation support worker

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Our Certificate III in Individual Support is designed with flexibility in mind to suit your needs.  We use a blended approach of on-line theory and on-campus practicals. Learn theory at your own pace choosing a time that fits your schedule. Once you’ve completed the theory components, attend practical sessions at your convenience. We offer evening, daytime and Saturday sessions to accommodate your availability.

Our industry expert teachers will be by your side throughout your academic journey, offering guidance at every stage. We provide a range of academic resources to assist you including help with assignments, English language, time management and study strategies. Additionally, our services encompass disability support and counselling ensuring that all students have the necessary resources to excel in their academic pursuits. Your success remains our top priority.

Please note that the duties of an Individual Support Worker may be quite physically demanding and should be considered and/or discussed before applying if there are any concerns.

Other requirements

The following additional criteria for entry apply for this course:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of placement.
  • National Police Check, with no disclosable offences, to be obtained at least 10 weeks prior to clinical placement commencement. *If a candidate believes there would be a disclosable issue on their national police check, a confidential conversation will be required prior to enrolment to determine suitability for work within the healthcare environment.
  • Working with Children Check (Volunteer or Employee) for the duration of the program.
  • Influenza immunisation (annual requirement) *
  • COVID-19 immunisation*

*Any additional immunisations may be required in response to any changes in Government policy or the specific requirements of the organisation you attend for your clinical placement. Further information will be provided at the commencement of the course.

Applicants will need to demonstrate literacy and numeracy competencies.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

To be awarded this Qualification, students will complete 15 units (nine core and six electives) and successfully complete a practical placement of 120 hours.

Please note that whilst all attempts are made to make this three week full time placement available at the end of the course work completion, you will be advised during the course what Provider and date has been allocated to you. While significant effort is made to match students geographically to placements, students do need to be prepared to travel to placements in the event that this is required. Students who are already working in the Industry, and would like this considered as a work placement, are required to contact the Placement Coordinator at the commencement of the course.

The course has been structured so that students graduate with the Certificate III in Individual Support, with a specialisation in Ageing and Disability.

Core units
Elective units
120 Hours
Certificate III

Indicative nominal course hours: 945.

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Communicate and work in health or community services
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Work legally and ethically
Core unit, 55.0 credit points
Work with diverse people
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Recognise Healthy Body Systems
Core unit
Follow safe work practices for direct client care
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
Core unit, 35.0 credit points
Support Independence and Wellbeing
Core unit
Provide Individualised Support
Core unit
Facilitate the empowerment of people recieving support
Core unit
Elective units
Work effectively in aged care
Elective unit
Provide support to people living with dementia
Elective unit
Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
Elective unit
Support community participation and social inclusion
Elective unit
Work effectively in disability support
Elective unit
Deliver care services using a pallative approach
Elective unit

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


Yearly fee* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

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  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for VET student loans (VSL)

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, Swinburne must first verify your identity. If you are eligible, we will provide your enrolment information to the government so you can complete the application within their eCAF system.

The VET Student Loan amount for this course is capped. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

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    Study this course for free in 2024

    You could have your tuition fees covered in 2024 thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. 

    Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available to any Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

    There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply!


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