Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

How to become a first aid officer

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Further information

Nominated First Aid Officers have current Provide First Aid Certificates and have skills in basic first aid as well as more complex life saving techniques such as expired air resuscitation (EAR) and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). First Aid Officers are required to be familiar with the specific hazards and conditions of their workplace, ensuring provision of adequate first aid resources and maintaining first aid equipment in a satisfactory and usable condition.

Becoming a first aid officer

To become a First Aid Officer, you need to produce a letter from your head of school/section that appoints you as such.

You then need to forward this letter to Safety and Health, along with a copy of a current accredited Provide First Aid Certificate (or higher).

Upon receipt of the letter and certificate, you will be added as a first aid officer to the UWA First Aid Officer list.


The $11.22 a week first aid officer allowance is deducted from the same project grant as the usual salary for the individual; that is, from a school's funds not UWA Safety and Health funds.

Safety and Health will send the relevant documents to Human Resources so they can begin paying the allowance.

This process can take up to five weeks before appearing in your pay, but please note that you will be backpaid to the date you were appointed as a first aid officer.