First Aid

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Do you need to comply?

Yes, under the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic.), Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (Vic.), Worksafe Compliance Code – First Aid in the Workplace and the duty of care obligation that a school has to its students.

Conditions of compliance

Your school is responsible for providing first aid facilities and sufficient staff trained to an appropriate level of competency in first aid.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

As part of the duty of care owed to students, teachers are required to administer first aid when necessary within the limits of their skill, expertise and training.

It should be noted that a teacher’s duty is greater than that of the ordinary citizen in that a teacher is obliged to assist an injured student, while the ordinary citizen may choose to do nothing.

In the case of serious injury or illness, neither the principal nor the teacher is required to diagnose or treat the condition apart from carrying out the appropriate first aid procedures. Diagnosis and treatment are the responsibility of the ambulance officer or medical practitioner in attendance.

First Aid Training

For Government schools the minimum acceptable level of First Aid training for school staff is Provide First Aid – HLTAID003. An annual refresher of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) HLTAID001 is also applicable to staff who are First Aid trained. Independent Schools may wish to use this as a guide.

The range of activities undertaken by schools means that the number of staff to be trained in First Aid is a requirement set by the school, taking into account associated risks and duty of care obligations.  In identifying the number of staff to be trained, principals will need to take into account factors such as the nature of the activities and their location, potential hazards and risks, and previous accidents and injuries.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

You may be in breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic.) and your duty of care obligations.

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Kieren Noonan
School Services Advisor
Ph: 9825 7275


PDFWorkSafe: First Aid in the Workplace

Word DocumentVic DET: First Aid Risk Assessment

PDFVic DET: First Aid and Infection Prevention and Control Procedure

Links and Resources

External linkVic DET: OHS Management – First Aid

External linkVic DET: School Policy and Advisory Guide – First Aid

External linkVic DET: School Policy and Advisory Guide – First Aid Rooms (Sick Bay)

External linkVic DET: School Policy and Advisory Guide – First Aid Needs

External linkDHS: Blue Book – Guidelines for the Control of Infectious Diseases

External linkWorkSafe: First Aid in the Workplace