ALTI hosted Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, WA Education and Training Minister, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP, and WA Education and Training Minister, the Hon Sue Ellery to mark the start of the training. 

The Government is investing $80 million in the training nationally as part of its commitment to supporting the safe re-opening of customer facing businesses, of which $8.26 million will support subsidised infection control training in Western Australia.

The skill sets comprise one unit of competency - HLTINFCOV001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures – and will take between 12 to 20 hours to complete depending on the nature of the industry and the job role.

The Government expects 80,000 workers to complete the skill set nationally.

Training will be conducted either at ALTI’s training centre in Rivervale or at clients’ sites where participants will learn skills to help keep their colleagues and customers safe. These include:

  • 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.

Stephanie Buckland, Chief Executive Officer of Amana Living, said: “Amana Living has invested heavily in providing world class training to ensure we have the systems, processes and skills in place to protect our staff, residents, clients and the wider community from COVID-19.

“Our infection control team has worked closely with our RTO, the Amana Living Training Institute, to develop a series of infection control and PPE training for staff, students and for other providers in the industry. They are well placed to extend this knowledge and expertise to other industries.

“With the State moving to even greater freedoms under phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap on 18 July, infection control will become an essential part of business as usual. It’s a critical component of getting our economy moving again while ensuring the community is protected.”