Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)

Launch your career in the booming disability and aged care sectors

Applications are currently open for the 2020 intake of Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability). Please register your interest below.

If you have any questions, please:

    • email Manu Atwal (Lead Teacher) or call her on 03 9925 7932, or
    • email Steve Bruechert (Program Manager) or call him on 03 9925 4063

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The 12-month Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability) (CHC33015) provides an entry-level qualification for people interested in working in aged care or supporting people with a disability.

The program is designed to prepare students for a broad range of careers and pathways within the social services including aged care, family support and disability support. It can also be a stepping stone to a career in fields such as occupational therapy or speech pathology.

The curriculum will be delivered over four, 10-week terms with a two to three day a week commitment by students. Topics include how to support and empower older people and those with a disability, and safe work practices.

This year’s course includes face-to-face training, increased work placement hours (in both aged care and disability) and online study, including virtual reality technology.

A range of people have been involved in creating and co-designing this exciting new curriculum, including nursing home residents, people with disabilities, carers and industry employers, with the aim of raising the quality of care in the sector.

Semester one begins in February 2020. Download the timetable here.

Who is eligible for a FSSI program? 

Anyone who is interested in working in the social service sector. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those aged under 30, and people with a disability or from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are older people wanting a career change. Applicants must be eligible for government-subsidised training. Use the eligibility checker to get an indication of your eligibility for government-subsidised training. This will be confirmed when you enroll.

I have a higher qualification, am I still eligible for an FSSI program?

Yes, if you are eligible for subsidised training, (see above) as this is a priority program. Unlike Free TAFE alone, anyone can study a Certificate III with FSSI, no matter what level of education they have already achieved. The FSSI scholarship will cover your tuition /fees and Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

100 percent free

Through FSSI’s partnership with VCOSS and RMIT partnership, and the support of the Victorian Government, we were initially able to offer scholarships that ensure this course is free from all fees, including student service and amenity charges. These are now termed wrap around supports that also includes first aid qualifications and a police check, which are workplace requirements.

How does the FSSI program differ from free TAFE?

Free TAFE refers to the Victorian Government’s commitment to cover course fees for priority courses, including the Certificate III in Individual Support. However, the FSSI’s program also covers student amenity fees and other associated costs, ensuring the course is 100 per cent free.

FSSI’s course is unique in offering:

Exciting curriculum

  • A brand new curriculum co-designed by Experts by Experience, industry and students
  • A blended learning approach that includes a range of resources for online self-paced learning, classroom training and work placement and work integrated learning.
  • A program structured to enable learners to manage other commitments
  • Teaching staff that includes people with a disability
  • Additional practical work placement time (in both aged care and disability)
  • Specialisations in both disability and ageing sectors
  • Personalised education and training that is subject to ongoing evaluation to enable continuous improvement of course content and delivery

We provide the following to ensure the best learning experience: 

  • Language and literacy support, if required
  • Support to prepare and secure work (most of our graduates have been employed by their placement organisation)
  • A polo shirt for placements
  • An iPad for use while enrolled to ensure access to our online Learning management system and access to our online digital content
  • Waived university student services fees Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF)
  • Police check (a work requirement)
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid course (a work requirement)
  • Student hardship support, if required
  • Peer support from social work students


Semester one begins in February 2020. Download the timetable here.


Will studying at FSSI impact on my ability to claim Free TAFE elsewhere?
Yes. People can only claim Free TAFE once and a FSSI course counts towards this, so you should be clear this is the course you want to be in. Click here for details on Free TAFE.

How likely am I to get a job after completing this course?
Trained disability support workers are in great demand with a predicted skills shortage over the next few years, ensuring you are well placed to continue a long and rewarding career.

Where can I get more information?
You can either:

  • Apply below to be invited to an information session
  • Email Manu Atwal or call her on 03 9925 7932, or
  • Email Steve Bruechert or call him on 03 9925 4063.

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‘The journey has enriched, challenged and opened new doors for my career.’
– FSSI graduate

‘The students from FSSI are really values driven and understand the importance of person-centred support.’
– Joan Cooney, Annecto (Joan has employed several FSSI graduates)