PUA Community Safety Review


This project will review community safety qualifications to ensure they address changing public safety skills and knowledge requirements, specifically in relation to working with the community.

Australia’s National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR) advocates for the community to be active participants in community safety and building their own resilience.

The Public Safety IRC proposed this project to update four qualifications, four Skills Sets and 55 Units of Competency, associated with Community Safety to address changing industry skills requirements to meet community expectations during an operation response.

  • Certificate III in Public Safety (Community Safety)
  • Certificate IV in Public Safety (Community Safety)
  • Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety)
  • Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety).
View IRC Skills Forecast

The Public Safety IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.

The IRC will undertake broad consultations with public safety stakeholders throughout the project’s duration. Additional consultation and engagement will be undertaken on the IRCs behalf with State Training Authorities and other key industry stakeholders, including seeking public feedback and input into development of material.

Regular updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.

If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

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Katherine White
Industry Manager
Email katherine.white@australianindustrystandards.org.au 

Project Deliverables

Four community safety qualifications

  • PUA31419 Certificate III in Public Safety (Community Safety)
  • PUA41119 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Community Safety)
  • PUA51019 Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety)
  • PUA60719 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety)

Fifty five Units of Competency

  • PUACOM001 Communicate in the workplace
  • PUACOM002 Provide services to clients
  • PUACOM003 Manage information
  • PUACOM004 Manage organisational communication strategies
  • PUACOM005 Foster a positive organisational image in the community
  • PUACOM006 Plan and conduct a public awareness program
  • PUACOM011 Develop community awareness networks
  • PUACOM012 Liaise with media at a local level
  • PUACOM014 Contribute to community safety
  • PUACOM015 Conduct community safety activities
  • PUAEME001 Provide emergency care
  • PUAEME002 Manage injuries at emergency incident
  • PUAEMR005 Treat operational risk
  • PUAEMR006 Assess operational risk
  • PUAEMR007 Develop emergency management plans
  • PUAEMR010 Plan and implement a treatment measure
  • PUAFIR206 Check installed fire safety systems
  • PUAFIR208 Participate in community safety activities
  • PUAFIR301 Undertake community safety activities
  • PUAFIR314 Utilise installed fire safety systems
  • PUAFIR403 Assess building plans
  • PUAFIR404 Inspect dangerous goods facilities
  • PUAFIR405 Collect, analyse and provide regulatory information
  • PUAFIR501 Conduct fire investigation and analysis activities
  • PUAFIR504 Assist with formulation and implementation of plans and policies
  • PUAFIR517 Conduct an inspection of a performance based design building
  • PUAFIR507 Inspect building fire safety systems
  • PUAFIR509 Implement prevention strategies
  • PUAFIR510 Inspect for legislative compliance
  • PUAFIR602 Manage the implementation of community safety strategies
  • PUALAW001 Protect and preserve incident scene
  • PUALAW003 Give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting
  • PUAMAN002 Administer allocation of resources
  • PUAMAN006 Manage and facilitate change
  • PUAWHS001 Follow defined work, health and safety policies and procedures
  • PUAWHS002 Maintain safety at an incident scene
  • PUAWHS003 Implement and monitor the organisation’s work, health and safety policies, procedures and programs
  • PUAOPE011 Inspect property and facilities
  • PUAPRS205 Manage marketing requirements
  • PUATEA001 Work in a team
  • PUATEA002 Work autonomously
  • PUATEA003 Lead, manage and develop teams
  • PUATEA004 Work effectively in a public safety organisation
  • PUATEA005 Manage own professional performance
  • PUAFER001 Identify, prevent and report potential workplace emergency situations
  • PUAFER002 Ensure facility emergency prevention procedures, systems and processes are implemented
  • PUAFER003 Manage and monitor facility emergency procedures, equipment and other resources
  • PUAFER004 Respond to facility emergencies
  • PUAFER005 Operate as part of an emergency control organisation
  • PUAFER006 Lead an emergency control organisation
  • PUAFER007 Manage an emergency control organisation
  • PUAFER008 Confine small emergencies in a facility
  • PUAFER009 Participate as a member of a facility emergency initial response team
  • PUAFER010 Lead a facility emergency initial response team
  • PUAFER011 Manage facility emergency initial response teams

Four Skill Sets

  • PUASS00058 Beach Team Management
  • PUASS00066 Community Engagement
  • PUASS00084 SES First Aid and Safety
  • PUASS00085 SES Induction


8 May 2020

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee has agreed to postpone the Public Safety Training Package – Community Safety review, in response to a request from the Public Safety Industry Reference Committee (IRC).

The IRC requested the project be postponed as key stakeholders were unavailable to participate in the project due to ongoing work in relation to the bushfires. The entire Public Safety industry was mobilised to combat the disaster. The outstanding cooperation between all agencies; fire, police, defence, SES, and all civilian authorities, including ambulance paramedics, supporting operations was a testament to the comprehensive training and skilling that has been undertaken over the years. Due to the extent of involvement across the industry, reassigning the review and development of Training Package materials for this project to other industry experts and representatives outside of the TAC has not been possible. The magnitude of the recent bushfire disasters across Australia is likely to result in a review of future training and skilling needs, drawing heavily on lessons learnt from previous disasters of this type.

The project was scheduled to review and update four qualifications, four Skills Sets and 55 Units of Competency relating to community safety. The IRC intends to re-establish the project though a new Case for Change to the AISC in 2020-21, following consultation with industry stakeholders.

28 October 2019


Work on this project has commenced and the Public Safety Industry Reference Committee is forming a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

Your industry expertise and insight are welcome to help revise and update four qualifications, fifty-five Units of Competency and four Skill Sets aimed at addressing the need for changing industry skills requirements to meet community expectations during an emergency operational response.

To register your interest in becoming a TAC member, please provide your details via the form below, by close of business Wednesday, 13 November 2019. Registrations have now closed. 

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