Monday, 18 May 2020

Infection control training fast tracked for the re-opening of Australian businesses

The Morrison Government and all State and Territory governments have agreed to jointly invest in a new $80 million infection control training fund.

The fund will support customer-facing businesses to train workers in how to minimise the risk of spread of COVID-19 and support them to re-open safely.

The fund will enable the rollout of new infection control short courses, the first national training product developed by the new Australian Industry Skills Emergency Response Sub-Committee in response to COVID-19.

Around 80,000 workers across industries including retail, food handling, and transport and logistics will pay no fee or a small fee for training previously only widely available in the health sector. Additional training will also be available to increase infection control skill levels in sectors such as aged and disability care.

The training will be delivered through the state and territory governments and will be available by 1 July 2020.

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