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CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Disability)

Free TAFE Aged Care and DisabilityCommunity Services

Next intake July 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
Werribee Princes Campus
DurationFull-time: 8 Months

Course description

Do you have an empathetic nature, good people skills and are looking for flexible work? A healthcare career could be for you. 

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) prepares you for working with elderly and/or people living with disabilities in a community or residential setting. You will learn to communicate and work in health or community services, provide individualised support, recognise healthy body systems, work with diverse people, support independence and wellbeing, follow safe work practices and work legally and ethically. 

Individual support has two specialisations, disability and ageing, in one. Students will gain both streams by studying this dual specialisation.


Work placement/industry experience

120 hours of work placement is required in this course, organised by The Gordon. Students will complete placement over 3 weeks, 5 days per week. Hours will be from 7.00am - 3.00pm. Placement is not paid work and students will not receive payment for undertaking practical placement. A current police check is required. The uniform is navy blue scrub top, including black/navy pants/scrub pants and flat non-slip fully enclosed shoes. As per worker vaccination requirements, all applicants for this course must be triple vaccinated (boosted) against COVID-19 prior to undertaking placement which is a requirement for completion of this course. Students are also required to have an up to date Flu vaccination as well. Students are required to provide evidence of full vaccination status, including booster dose, as part of their placement documentation which is provided to placement facilities. Students that cannot provide valid evidence will not be able to complete placement and therefore unable to complete this course.

Possible career outcomes

  • Personal care worker/assistant
  • Direct care worker
  • Disability support worker
  • Home care worker

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayTue, Thurs, Fri 9 am - 4 pm
Full-time: 8 Months  Apply  
2024 July
Werribee Princes Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class Day9 am-4 pm 3 days/week
Full-time: 8 Months  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3 and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Work placement requirements

  • Students must provide a valid Working with Children Check and Police Check. If there is a Disclosure this must be discussed with the Facility and depending on the issue, the student may not be able to commence placement.
  • Proof of Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination
  • All Disability Services require an NDIS clearance.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control HLTINF006 35
Communicate and work in health or community services CHCCOM005 30
Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support CHCCCS038 120
Follow safe work practices for direct client care HLTWHS002 25
Provide individualised support CHCCCS031 100
Recognise healthy body systems CHCCCS041 80
Support independence and wellbeing CHCCCS040 80
Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001 55
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach CHCDIS011 40
Deliver care services using a palliative approach CHCPAL003 70
Provide support to people living with dementia CHCAGE011 80
Recognise and report risk of falls CHCAGE007 30
Support community participation and social inclusion CHCDIS012 60
Work effectively in aged care CHCAGE013 65
Work effectively in disability support CHCDIS020 65


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • ​​Questioning
  • Observations and practical demonstrations 
  • Product (reports, projects, role plays etc) 
  • Workplace evidence

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.88 per hour 945 AUD $832.00 AUD $8,550.00
Standard Tuition AUD $4.39 per hour 945 AUD $4,149.00 AUD $8,550.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $11.13 per hour 945 AUD $10,518.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Education Levy AUD $141.75
Administration Fee AUD $250.00 Once
Resources AUD $345.00


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Date published: 29/05/2024 2:02:04 PM