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Following the confusion from ACECQA's announcement that HLTAID004 (Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting) course will be superseded by HLTAID012 (Provide first aid in an education and care setting) first aid course, both the Australian Children's Education & Care Authority (ACECQA) and the NSW Department of Education's Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate have since provided written clarifications.

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Notwithstanding ACECQA's website (as of 16 February 2021 still) saying that "HLTAID004 was superseded by HLTAID012 on 15 October 2020" (as shown below), ACECQA has written to ACA NSW saying "please be assured that HLTAID004 remains on our published list of approved first aid qualifications. This means that any individual who holds HLTAID004 and satisfies the requirements of Regulation 136 is not impacted by the release of the new First Aid Training Package products."

The NSW Department of Education has also written to ACA NSW saying "that the validity of an educator’s qualification under the superseded units will remain fully recognised for its full intended duration (until it expires or they are required to take a refresher)."

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ACA NSW now anticipates that all NSW Authorised Officers will be updated with the above information.  

Should any ACA NSW member require any further information/clarification, please contact ACA NSW on 1300 556 330 or