Some services are experiencing difficulties in arranging for staff to undertake the necessary first aid, emergency asthma management and anaphylaxis management training in the current environment. Read more about the
requirements for centre-based and family day care services under the National Law.
You are encouraged to network about best practice and to discuss this at team meetings.
The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approves and publishes a list of courses in first-aid, anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma management. Read
ACECQA's approved qualifications list.
Note: Only these approved courses will meet the prescribed requirements under the National Law.
While some courses such as anaphylaxis e-training may be completed online, the Australian Skills Quality Authority confirms that first-aid related units have a practical component that must be assessed in person.
Some aspects of asthma training may be completed online. However, a face-to-face assessment is required for administration of adrenaline autoinjector devices.
It is expected that the Approved Provider will try all available options to meet the requirements, for example, online training.
However, if educators are unable to complete approved courses in emergency asthma management training or first-aid, the Approved Provider may consider an application for a temporary waiver.
Please note the requirements of Regulation 136 cannot be waived permanently.
Approved providers can submit applications online through the NQA ITS.
For more information about applying for a waiver, visit the
The Regulatory Authority will make all attempts to process applications in a timely way given current resource demands.
Approved providers must ensure that they act proactively to identify the need for waivers and apply well in advance.