NDIS Support Workers: Common questions
What is a NDIS Support Worker?
An NDIS Support Worker is a person hired to help you deal with your disability specifically. Quite self explanatory – an NDIS support worker is someone who supports someone else with a disability. They often are able to travel to your home and help you with daily activities.
Typically NDIS Support workers are required to have a Certificate III or IV in Disability or Aged Care, First Aid certificates, Working With Children’s Check, a Police Check and Driver’s License. However many operate without training or qualifications and are hired on a contract basis with an ABN.
How do I choose a good support worker?
There is no clear answer to this question as support workers work very closely with the NDIS participant – things like personality, personal interests, language, culture etc. can affect the relationship and the NDIS participant’s view of what is considered “good”. However common things to look for when choosing a support worker would be
- strong interpersonal and communications skills
- respectful, helpful and understanding of the NDIS participant’s needs and disability