Businesses supported with COVID-safe training

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

The City has partnered with local training organisation DeakinCo. to deliver Occupational COVID-19 workplace training free to eligible local businesses as part of the City’s Business Support program

Based on World Health Organisation guidelines and developed in partnership with industry experts and health professionals, the online program includes authoritative information on infectious-disease management for workplaces.

Aimed at assisting businesses to manage their return to work strategies safely and efficiently, the training is free for up to 20 employees with additional places available at a reduced rate.

Further information about the Occupational COVID-19 workplace training and the free places available through the Geelong Business Support program is available online at

The City is further supporting Geelong businesses with free expert help from Occupational Health and Safety providers through its Geelong Business Support program. This assistance includes workplace risk assessments, OHS compliance assistance and employer obligations.

Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher:

We want to support every Greater Geelong business with the tools they need to meet their obligations to keep their staff, their customers and the community safe.

The inclusion of this training is a terrific addition to the suite of services already available through our Geelong Business Support package which has already proven popular with our local business community.

This training will help give community members confidence and peace of mind that the local businesses they interact with are operating in a COVID-safe manner.

Maree Herath, Harvest HR Director:

We undertook the program as a part of our COVID-Safe Plan. All business owners have an obligation to provide a safe workplace. This program is a big step in ensuring we meet these obligations.

Dr Sandeep Reddy, Deakin Medical School, Associate Professor (program co-author and former Public Health Advisor (infectious disease surveillance) with the World Health Organisation):

It's essential for all staff to be correctly trained in COVID-19 workplace best practice. We cannot assume that everybody has the same level of infection-control knowledge.

Innes Willox, Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Officer:

This course offers a credible channel for businesses to create a safer environment for their workers and customers and to adopt the best health practices that will be critical to rebooting our economy.

Kerry Rau, owner Bubba Pizza Waurn Ponds:

Once I did the training myself, I was hooked. I asked the staff if they would do it, and there was no hesitation, Some of the training covered things I had implemented in store, but the beauty of the training was that it re-refreshed their understanding of COVID-19, as well as teaching things they didn’t know. They were pleased to see I printed their certificates and put them up in store.

About the Occupational COVID-19 Workplace Training Scheme

The Occupational COVID-19 Workplace Training Scheme is being delivered in partnership from DeakinCo., part of Deakin University, and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).

Based on WHO guidelines, it has been designed specifically to help Australian workplaces ensure their staff are trained in safe working practices to limit the spread of infectious diseases such as the coronavirus.

The one course gives organisations a credible way to demonstrate their commitment to the safety and wellbeing of their staff, customers and the wider community.

By completing this training, businesses of all sizes can help rebuild trust and support safety with those important to their success by providing a recognised, third-party certification of this commitment.

About DeakinCo.

The future of work is exciting and challenging. Technology and culture are rapidly transforming not just the way we work, but also the jobs we do now and will do throughout our careers.

Part of Deakin University, DeakinCo. has a 30-year history of working with industry and government organisations to develop workplace capability solutions that help businesses pivot from current to future state. DeakinCo.’s workplace products are designed to drive workplace performance, future employability and business growth, and include workplace learning, professional practice credentials and workplace qualifications that are aligned with Australian qualification frameworks and industry standards.

DeakinCo. solutions present new possibilities, not only for organisations and individuals, but for the whole world of business.

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