Public Safety Industry Reference Committee

IRC Deputy Chair Lynda Douglas talks about the importance of skills development in public safety

The Public Safety Industry Reference Committee has been assigned responsibility for the Public Safety, Defence and Police Training Packages.

The PUA Public Safety Training Package provides the only nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in: Aquatic Rescue, Aquatic Search and Rescue, Emergency Communications Centre Operations, Community Safety, Biosecurity Response Operations, Leadership, Emergency, Management, Search and Rescue – Management, Firefighting Operations, Supervision and Management, Firefighting and Emergency Operations and Fire Investigation.

The DEF Defence Training Package provides the only nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in: the manufacture, storage, distribution, maintenance and use of explosives, mechanic, health officer, combat system operations, sensor operations, electronic forensics, simulator maintenance, range control for land, sea and air, management, work health and safety and pastoral care chaplaincy.

The POL Police Training Package provides the only nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for occupations involved in: Community Engagement, Aboriginal Community Policing, Police Liaison, Protective Services, Police Intelligence, Forensic Investigation, Forensic Firearm Examination, Forensic Fingerprint Investigation, Search and Rescue, Witness Protection, Surveillance, Undercover Operations, Close Personal Protection, Police Investigation, Police Negotiation, Crime Scene Investigation, Police Prosecution and Supervision and Management.

Chair: Mark Burgess, Police Federation of Australia

Deputy Chair: Lynda Douglas, Department of Defence

Committee members:

Brendan Angwin, United Firefighters Union (UFU)
Carola Washbourne, Emergency Management
Ian Gabites, Volunteer Firefighting
Jason Males, Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Jean Dyzel, Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA)
John Scully, Defence Force Welfare Association
Neville Kitchin, Community and Public Sector Union
Paul Wallworth, Australian Council of State & Territory Emergency Services (ACSES)
Sandra Lunardi, Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC)
Stephen Leahy, Aquatic and Marine Search and Rescue