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Social Trainer (Direct Care Worker)

Disability Services provides homes for adults with intellectual disabilities. Some of these people also have a physical disability. Disability Services provides continuous support to residents adults through direct care staff, known as Social Trainers.

Please note: Disability Services is currently NOT advertising for Social Trainer positions. However, when Disability Services resumes advertising for Social Trainer staff, the following will apply:

Who can apply?

You can apply for a Social Trainer, Level 1 position if you:

  • have an Australian driver's licence
  • have evidence of English at the Australian Year 10 level or the ability to pass our assessment of written and spoken English at this level
  • are willing to undergo comprehensive criminal history screening and pre-employment medical
  • are able to work full-time for at least the first four weeks of your employment, to undertake paid, full-time, on-the-job training (this includes part-time and casual employees)
  • are able to study towards the Certificate III in Disability, during business hours, if you do not already hold this qualification.

Please note: You do not need formal qualifications or previous experience in disability work to apply for a Social Trainer, Level 1 position. Instead, you will be required to study to gain the Certificate III in Disability.

However, if in the course of your application for a Social Trainer, Level 1 position, you can demonstrate relevant experience, and relevant qualifications held and units/subjects gained, you may be considered for similar vacancies at a higher classification level (Social Trainer, Level 2).

If you are being considered for similar vacancies at a higher classification level, you will be provided with job information and selection criteria prior to any assessment.

Please note: Disability Services reserves the right to alter any of the above requirements and/or processes without notice. Any changes will be fully outlined and incorporated into all subsequent advertising materials.

Job duties

As a Social Trainer, Level 1 you will:

  • support both female and male adults with their daily activities, such as – personal care (eg dressing, showering, eating), running a home (eg cooking, vacuuming, laundry), going out (eg food or clothes shopping, going to the doctor)
  • assist to teach residents daily life skills by following documented training programs
  • integrate residents into the community by organising holidays and leisure activities (eg going to a concert, meeting friends, trying a new activity)
  • give out medication following written instructions
  • work with a wide range of families and people in the community
  • be in contact with other organisations that provide similar services
  • have regular access to job-related, personal development workshops and training events.

In addition to the above, as a Social Trainer, Level 2 and 3 you will:

  • write up lifestyle plans and routines for adults with disability
  • identify and analyse training needs of the adults with disability you support
  • develop training programs to address those needs.

We are looking for people who have:

  • an interest in helping others to become more independent
  • awareness of the importance of respect towards others
  • a caring and sensitive personality
  • varied life experience and a non-judgmental approach.