Free and low-fee infection control training available for Australian businesses

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The Australian Government is working with state and territory governments to provide nationally recognised infection control training.

Operating a business during the COVID-19 pandemic comes with many challenges. To help create a safe environment for staff, customers and the community, the Australian Government is working with state and territory governments to provide free or low-fee nationally recognised infection control training through an $80 million Infection Control Training Fund.

More than 80,000 subsidised training places have been allocated across Australia to support this critical program for customer‑facing businesses in sectors such as retail, tourism, hospitality, cleaning, security, transport and logistics, and aged and disability care.

By completing this training, which is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, customers can feel confident that businesses are taking the necessary steps to keep them safe.

A survey conducted by the New South Wales’ Department of Education found:

  • 85.4 per cent of participants were satisfied with the infection control training
  • 97.1 per cent of students felt the training helped their workplace deal with COVID-19  
  • 69 per cent of participants said they gained extra skills by completing the training

Participants learn a range of infection control skills, including:

  • Hand hygiene practices
  • Effective surface cleaning
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Disposal of contaminated waste
  • Hazard identification, control and reporting
  • Appropriate protocols and responses in the event of an incident
  • Knowledge regarding the basis of infection and transmission

The Infection Control Training Fund ends on 30 June 2021.

For more information on the training visit training.gov.au or skills departments in your state or territory.

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Correct at time of publication.