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First Aid IRC Four Year Workplan

The First Aid Industry Reference Committee (IRC), of which AECP is a member, submitted the First Aid IRC Four Year Workplan to the Commonwealth on Firday 30th September, 2016. This workplan can be downloaded from the SkillsIQ website page specific to the First Aid IRC.

We will advise once AISC has determined when the submitted workplans will be reviewed.

AGM + Special Event: “Discover the future of your industry”

Our 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 25th November, 12:30pm registration for 1pm meeting. The AGM will be immediately followed by a special event covering challenges and opportunities for the future of our industry. Keynote speaker is Peter LeCornu, former CEO of St John Ambulance Australia and currently Chair of the newly-formed Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for First Aid.

The venue is the Holiday Inn Sydney Airport, cnr Bourke Rd & O’Riordan St, Macsot NSW 2020. The fee includes attendance at AGM and conference, all refreshments provided and dinner afterwards. The ‘early-bird’ rate, which is available until 30th September, is only $282.70 per person for members and $328.90 per person for non-members. (Normal rate: $323.90 for members; $383.90 non-members.) Contact for further details and bookings.

AECP: Member Of First Aid Industry Reference Committee

Membership currently consists of 10 organisations:

First Aid Council Members
· Australian Emergency Care Providers
· Australian Red Cross
· Royal Life Saving Society Australia
· St John Ambulance Australia
· Surf Life Saving Australia

Other Members
· Australian Council for Private Education and Training
· Australian Resuscitation Council
· Council of Ambulance Authorities
· Department of Defence
· Health Services Union

Chair is Peter LeCornu from St John Ambulance Australia

Deputy Chair is Phillipa Wilson from Australian Council for Private Education and Training



The inaugural First Aid Industry Reference Committee (IRC) meeting was held via teleconference at 11am on the 6th April 2016.

Explanations were provided on the new system for training package development including the roles of the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) and Skills Service Organisations (SSOs). The draft MoU for IRCs were reviewed and discussed.

Also discussed was development of the one-year and four-year workplans. No critical training package work is to be listed in the first year workplan as the first aid units were only recently endorsed. SkillsIQ proposed that the next IRC meeting be held end of June/early July (date TBC), as the four-year workplan is due to be submitted by the end of July. Possible inclusions for the four-year plan are Defibrillator training, and the strengthening of HLTAID004 to ensure content meets national requirements for the childhood education sector.

USI Exemption 2016

An AECP initiative for representatives of the first aid industry to meet with the new Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker has resulted in extension of the USI exemption for short courses.

It had been the case that from 1 January 2016, courses of one day or less would no longer be exempt from the requirement for students to have a USI before a RTO could issue a statement of attainment. Minister Hartsuyker has now amended the Student Identifiers (Exemptions) Instrument 2014 such that the exemption continues to apply throughout 2016.

In the first half of 2016, AECP will be promoting the needs of the first aid industry during the Department of Education’s wide-ranging review of recent VET Reforms; working to achieve sustainable legislative reform by 2017.


Draft 2015 Guidelines Now Available

Draft ANZCOR 2015 Guidelines are available for review on the ARC website at:

The revised Guidelines are based on the Consensus on Science and Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) from the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

In the BLS guidelines, there is a change to the recommended rate of compressions from ‘approximately 100’ to a range of ‘100 to 120 compressions per minute’. ANZCOR recommendations on depth of compressions and other factors remain unchanged.

The deadline for comment on the proposed guidelines is Monday 7 December 2015.


Update – Health Services Amendment (Paramedics) Act 2015

As an update to the previous item, we can report that the NSW Parliament has now passed this Act, which will protect the title of Paramedic in NSW.

AECP has been invited to a consultation meeting to discuss the regulations that will operate under the new Act.

The Act will commence following development of the regulations which will provide the details of the qualifications, training or experience needed for a person to call themselves a ‘paramedic’.

New ‘Paramedic’ Legislation in NSW

AECP has been invited to assist in the formulation of new legislation in NSW protecting the title ‘paramedic’. At present anyone can call themselves a paramedic regardless of qualification or experience. The new legislation aims to provide a protection to those holding paramedic qualifications and to those employing them and to prevent misrepresentation within the industry.

The legislation currently being drafted will enable the future establishment of a Paramedic Registration Board so that paramedics can be deregistered for negligence and will also impose a legal obligation on paramedics to undertake CPD.

People working in industries other than ambulance will be eligible to hold the title.

Further details will appear in the next newsletter.