Would you like to work in the disability sector in Australia?
Australia’s health care and social assistance sector is set to employ an additional 250,000 people over the next five years. Participants in EPIC’s Carers Project will have the opportunity to build knowledge and skills in an Australian context, to get you job-ready for employment in the disability sector.
Successful completion of a disability familiarisation and training course will equip you with the skills for working in the Australian disability sector. Your prior knowledge paired with additional study in Australia will ensure you are job-ready for employment.
About the course
The course is an 8-week familiarisation and training course led by EPIC. Through the course, you will receive training on Australian workplace legislation and basic carer legislation. Some cultural training for Australian workplaces will also be provided. In addition, you will receive accompanied workplace visits over a day or two to various workplaces where people with disabilities are employed.
By doing this course, you will obtain:
- An accredited first aid certificate inclusive of CPR
- A police check or ‘blue card’ process, which will allow you to work with people in the care sector
- A certificate of attendance
The training will be delivered in an Australian context with Australian legislation. This will equip you with the knowledge to work within the Australian disability sector.
The Certificate of Attendance you will receive upon completion will be beneficial when applying for jobs in the disability sector in Australia. This will increase your employability and help you get a job.
After successfully completing this training you would most likely be offered the opportunity to work at an EPIC site for a period of 26 weeks, with a minimum of 20 hours a week.
At the completion of this 26-week period you would have enough experience to apply for other roles in the disability sector in Australia for the remainder of the period you have in the country, depending on your specific visa conditions.
The cost to complete the familiarisation and training course is 1,299 EUR.
The first intake will commence in February 2019.
How to register your interest
If you are interested in applying, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions
Who is eligible?
To be eligible to apply you will need to obtain an Australian Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 417 or 462) for more information visit: www.border.gov.au
Education or previous experience in social services is advantageous. You will be asked to supply your resume and copies of your qualifications.
All training and assessment will be conducted in English so you will need to be proficient in written and verbal English. A Language, Literacy and Numeracy review will be conducted to determine eligibility to join the training programme. Training resources and assessments occur using our online Learning Management System so computer skills are required.
Applicants will be supplied with a Student Handbook which outlines enrolment information to assist you with making a decision to join EPIC’s Carers Project.
Where will I study?
This course will be delivered in Brisbane – the sunny and sophisticated capital city of Queensland. Brisbane enjoys a sub-tropical climate and relaxed, outdoor lifestyle. The city is located close to the Gold Coast and the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
Accommodation / living costs
You will be responsible for finding your own accommodation while studying in Brisbane. These links may be helpful to find a place to stay:
We can recommend one of our partner agencies who can help you with accommodation, travel arrangements and organising your visa.
EPIC is a leading not-for-profit organisation which has been operating for 30 years, assisting people with disability to prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment. EPIC provides a personalised service to help people with disability achieve their employment goals as well as delivering education and training to help people with disability develop new skills.
EPIC has more than 40 offices along the eastern seaboard of Australia and has 3 offices in Europe based in Slovakia, UK and Czech Republic.