Online learning for schools

The department has developed 'Protecting Children' e-learning modules to assist staff in both government and non-government schools to understand their mandatory reporting and other legal obligations. The modules align with information on PROTECT, which outlines how to identify and respond to child abuse.

Government school staff


In line with the policy Protecting Children — Reporting and Other Legal Obligations, staff who are:

  • School-based staff:
    • mandatory reporters must complete the module once per calendar year
    • not mandatory reporters are strongly encouraged to complete the module once per calendar year.
  • Department-based staff:
    • mandatory reporters must undertake the training once per calendar year
    • who have roles that engage with students or provide advice to schools about mandatory reporting or child safety are strongly encouraged to undertake the training once per calendar year.

Accessing 'Protecting Children' e-learn module

The Protecting children: Reporting and other legal obligations (PROTECT), module is available on LearnED, which is accessed through EduPay.

Government school staff who are mandatory reporters are automatically enrolled into this course.

Alternatively, all staff can login to EduPay and search for 'Protecting Children' and self-enrol.

Staff can generate their certificate of completion in EduPay by selecting: 'My Learning > History > Select Course > Print'. This certificate will remain part of your learning record on EduPay.

Non-government school staff


Mandated reporters in non-government schools are strongly encouraged to complete mandatory reporting training once per calendar year. Other staff are also encouraged to undertake the module annually.

Accessing 'Protecting Children' e-learn module

Non-government school staff can access the Protecting children: Mandatory reporting training through Information Sharing and Multi Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Online Learning System.

Staff who already have an account can use those details to login. If you don't have an account, you will need to create one. You cannot use previous login details.

After completing the course, you will receive a copy of your certificate by email.

You can also access your certificate by clicking on Course Completion Certificate from your dashboard.  Certificates are available within 24 hours of completing the module.

Non-government schools should keep local records to track staff completion of the eLearning module. A copy of the certificate of completion should be submitted to the relevant school co-ordinator and retained by the staff member.

Instructions for creating an online training account are available for non-government school staff and early childhood professionals.

Training module guidance

Training cycle and certification

  • Previous certificates of completion are valid for 12 months from the date of completion.
  • You only need to do the training once per calendar year.
  • Your school or education service may direct you to complete the module at a certain time.
  • All staff are encouraged to complete the new training module as soon as possible.

Training duration

  • The updated e-learning modules take approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete.

Tips to progress through the content

  • You must click every link on every slide (except external links) to progress through the module.
  • After clicking through a slide, you may need to return to the beginning of a slide to progress to the next.

Reset password

  • Government School staff – your password is your education email address and password.
  • Non-government School staff – please click on the 'forgotten password' link in the Information Sharing and MARAM Online Learning System.

Validation of certificates issued by ELMO (decommissioned system)

  • Your ELMO certificate remains valid for 12 months from the date of completion.
  • The ELMO learning management system was decommissioned in July 2021.
  • Unfortunately certificates from this system were not able to be transferred to LearnEd on eduPay or the Information Sharing and MARAM Online Learning System.
  • You may have received an email from 'elmotalent' to advise that you have passed the Protecting Children - Mandatory Reporting and other Obligations, however it won't appear in your eduPay account.