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Diploma of Leadership in Disability Services

The only accredited qualification designed for frontline leaders in the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Diploma of Leadership in Disability Services

Ability First Australia is pleased to introduce a new Diploma of Leadership in Disability Services (11076NAT).

This is the only accredited qualification designed for Frontline and aspiring Frontline leaders in the National Disability Insurance Scheme to equip them with the skills and knowledge to lead a high performing team, deliver effective services to NDIS participants, and contribute to the growth of your organisation.

Co-designed by Ability First Australia and UNE Partnerships, with extensive consultation from the sector, the Diploma aims to support the career development of experienced and emerging leaders in the disability services sector and includes practical assessments and the opportunity to demonstrate skills in the workplace.


Responsibly manage a budget within the competitive pressures of the disability sector.


Understand how decision making should align with business objectives and support improved customer outcomes.


Comply with legislative, regulatory and procedural requirements of the NDIS and manage business risks.


Facilitate clear communication to foster accountability, authenticity, and inclusion.


Advocate, negotiate and collaborate to promote the effective and strategic use of resources and improve customer outcomes.


Lead, inspire and support frontline workers in the disability sector to deliver effective services.

Complete in Two Years

7 – 14 hours per week

Study Online

With webinars and coaching

Practical Assessment

Demonstrate skills in the workplace

Designed for Future Leaders

Some prior experience is recommended


Download the toolkit overview and supporting documents below.

1. Toolkit Overview

The Toolkit Overview is designed to assist training providers to contextualise their course delivery to address the specific in the disability sector.

2. Toolkit Resources

These Toolkit Resources have been developed by UNE Partnerships and Ability First Australia with funding from Department of Social Services (DSS).

3. MPower108 Document Register and Policy and Procedure Register

In addition to the Toolkit Overview and associated documents, a simulated organisation named ‘MPower108’ has been developed to provide an organisational context to learning and assessment.

The Diploma of Leadership in Disability Services is an initiative Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as part of the Jobs and Market Fund.

For more information, or for any Registered Training Organisations wishing to register, contact [email protected]

Download a copy of the Diploma of Leadership in Disability Services (11076NAT) flyer.