School operations

First Aid for Students and Staff

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This policy provides an overview of what schools are required to do to ensure they meet the first aid needs of students and staff at school or on approved school activities.


Schools must plan for the first aid needs of students and staff at school or on approved school activities.

Schools must ensure that First Aid Officers have completed a recognised first aid training course that meets the requirements of HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid (Release 1) and HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (Release 1). Basic First Aid training (HLTAID011) must be completed every 3 years, while a refresher course in CPR (HLTAID009) must be completed annually.

The mandatory First Aid for Students and Staff Guidelines, in the Guidance tab, support principals and/or their delegates to meet their first aid obligations by providing guidance for schools on:

  • creating a school-level first aid policy. A template policy is available on the School Policy Templates Portal (staff login required). Schools can modify the template to suit their local circumstances
  • conducting a first aid risk assessment
  • the minimum number of staff required to have first aid training, based on the number of staff and students at the school. Ensuring first aid facilities (rooms, sick bays and first aid kits) meet minimum requirements
  • recording of first aid treatments and incidents for students and staff.

Relevant legislation

Department policy outlining first aid requirements in schools

Reviewed 25 August 2021

Policy last updated

15 June 2020


  • Schools

Health Promotion, Prevention and Advice

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