PUA12 Public Safety Training Package Transition


The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has commissioned the transition of all PUA12 Public Safety Training Package components to the Standards for Training Packages 2012 by August 2018 (TBC). The Public Safety Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has oversight of this project which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards in consultation with industry stakeholders.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

Greg Spence
Greg Spence
Industry Manager
Email greg.spence@australianindustrystandards.org.au


Current PUA12 Public Safety Training Package Transitions

Project Stage Anticipated Completion Date
  • PUA Biosecurity Response
  • 13 July 2020
  • PUA Emergency Communications
  • 13 July 2020
  • PUA Emergency Management
  • 13 July 2020
  • PUA Fire
  • 13 July 2020
  • PUA Public Safety
  • 13 July 2020
  • PUA Search and Rescue
  • 13 July 2020
  • 13 July 2020

    Project Update

    17 July 2019


    The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved the Case for Endorsement for the Public Safety Training Package implementation.

    Case for Endorsement

    The approved PUA Public Safety Training Package Release 1.0 is now available on training.gov.au.

    The following materials were approved:


    • PUA20119 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
    • PUA20219 Certificate II in Public Safety (SES)
    • PUA20619 Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)
    • PUA20719 Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)
    • PUA30319 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)
    • PUA30419 Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Rescue)
    • PUA30519 Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Operations)
    • PUA30619 Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)
    • PUA30719 Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)
    • PUA30819 Certificate III in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations)
    • PUA30919 Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Emergency Response Operations)
    • PUA31419 Certificate III in Public Safety (Community Safety)
    • PUA40119 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations)
    • PUA40219 Certificate IV in Public Safety (SES Leadership)
    • PUA40319 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Firefighting Supervision)
    • PUA40419 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Biosecurity Emergency Response Leadership)
    • PUA41019 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership)
    • PUA41119 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Community Safety)
    • PUA42619 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management)
    • PUA50119 Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)
    • PUA50219 Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Emergency Response Management)
    • PUA50419 Diploma of Public Safety (SES Operations Management)
    • PUA50519 Diploma of Public Safety (Firefighting Management)
    • PUA50919 Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue – Coordination)
    • PUA51019 Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety)
    • PUA60119 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)
    • PUA60219 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue Management)
    • PUA60519 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Firefighting Management)
    • PUA60719 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety)
    • PUA60919 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Fire Investigation)
    • PUA80119 Graduate Diploma of Crisis Leadership

    New/Revised Units of Competency

    • PUAAMS001 Work in an aviation environment
    • PUAAMS002 Search as a member of an air search team
    • PUAAMS003 Conduct stores dropping operations
    • PUAAMS006 Coordinate search and rescue resources
    • PUAAMS007 Coordinate search and rescue operations
    • PUAAMS008 Manage search and rescue operations
    • PUABIO001 Conduct planning in a biosecurity emergency response
    • 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
    • PUACOM007 Liaise with other organisations
    • PUACOM008 Develop and organise public safety awareness programs
    • PUACOM009 Manage media requirements at major incident
    • PUACOM010 Promote the organisation’s mission and services
    • PUACOM011 Develop community awareness networks
    • PUACOM012 Liaise with media at a local level
    • PUACOM013 Administer a local public safety group
    • PUACOM014 Contribute to community safety
    • PUACOM015 Conduct community safety activities
    • PUAECL001 Evaluate societal threats, uncertainty and surprise
    • PUAECL002 Lead and manage programs that develop resilience
    • PUAECL003 Deliver value in crisis
    • PUAECL004 Lead in a crisis
    • PUAECL005 Support communities for crisis
    • PUAECL006 Recognise personal effectiveness in a crisis
    • PUAECL007 Define crisis context
    • PUAECO001 Operate telephony systems
    • PUAECO002 Process emergency incident calls and enquiries
    • PUAECO003 Operate and control radio networks
    • PUAECO004 Operate computer aided dispatch system
    • PUAECO005 Dispatch resources from within an emergency communications centre
    • PUAECO006 Read and interpret maps
    • PUAECO007 Respond to and maintain monitored automatic notification system
    • PUAECO008 Receive and action notification of uncontrolled hazardous materials situations
    • PUAECO009 Coordinate emergency communications centre operations
    • PUAECO010 Maintain standards of emergency service delivery
    • PUAECO011 Support logistics in the field
    • PUAEME001 Provide emergency care
    • PUAEME002 Manage injuries at emergency incident
    • PUAEME003 Administer oxygen in an emergency
    • PUAEME004 Provide emergency care for suspected spinal injury
    • PUAEME005 Provide pain management
    • PUAEMR001 Establish context for emergency risk assessment
    • PUAEMR002 Assess emergency risk
    • PUAEMR003 Develop treatment options for emergency risk
    • PUAEMR004 Manage risk treatment implementation
    • PUAEMR005 Treat operational risk
    • PUAEMR006 Assess operational risk
    • PUAEMR007 Develop emergency management plans
    • PUAEMR008 Contribute to an emergency risk management process
    • PUAEMR009 Facilitate emergency risk assessment
    • PUAEMR010 Plan and implement a treatment measure
    • PUAEMR011 Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises
    • PUAEMR012 Determine treatment options
    • PUAEMR013 Design emergency management exercises
    • PUAEMR014 Deliver recovery services
    • PUAEMR015 Establish and manage a recovery centre
    • PUAEMR016 Facilitate community involvement in recovery
    • PUAEMR017 Manage recovery functions and services
    • PUAEMR018 Work in an emergency management context
    • PUAEMR021 Facilitate emergency planning processes
    • PUAEQU001 Prepare, maintain and test response equipment
    • PUAFER001 Identify, prevent and report potential facility 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 response team
    • PUAFER010 Lead a facility emergency response team
    • PUAFER011 Manage facility emergency response teams
    • PUAFIR201 Assist with prescribed burning
    • PUAFIR202 Use Class A foam in wildfire operations and non-structural applications
    • PUAFIR203 Respond to urban fire
    • PUAFIR204 Respond to wildfire
    • PUAFIR205 Respond to aviation incident (specialist)
    • PUAFIR206 Check installed fire safety systems
    • PUAFIR207 Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
    • PUAFIR208 Participate in community safety activities
    • PUAFIR209 Work safely around aircraft
    • PUAFIR210 Prevent injury
    • PUAFIR211 Undertake hover-exit operations from helicopter
    • PUAFIR212 Rappel from helicopter
    • PUAFIR219 Undertake helicopter winch operations
    • PUAFIR220 Respond to isolated structure fire
    • PUAFIR301 Undertake community safety activities
    • PUAFIR302 Suppress urban fire
    • PUAFIR303 Suppress wildfire
    • PUAFIR304 Respond to marine emergencies
    • PUAFIR305 Respond to aviation incidents (general)
    • PUAFIR306 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident
    • PUAFIR307 Operate aerial appliance
    • PUAFIR308 Employ personal protection at a hazardous materials incident
    • PUAFIR309 Operate pumps
    • PUAFIR310 Operate specialist appliance
    • PUAFIR311 Dispatch rappel personnel and equipment from a helicopter
    • PUAFIR312 Operate aerial ignition equipment in an aircraft
    • PUAFIR313 Operate aviation support equipment
    • PUAFIR314 Utilise installed fire safety systems
    • PUAFIR315 Navigate from an aircraft
    • PUAFIR323 Take local weather observations
    • PUAFIR324 Render hazardous materials incidents safe
    • PUAFIR325 Operate heavy plant in fire control operations
    • PUAFIR326 Push trees with machines in forest fire control operations
    • PUAFIR401 Obtain incident intelligence
    • PUAFIR402 Conduct simple prescribed burns
    • PUAFIR403 Assess building plans
    • PUAFIR404 Inspect dangerous goods facilities
    • PUAFIR405 Collect, analyse and provide regulatory information
    • PUAFIR406 Develop simple prescribed burn plans
    • PUAFIR407 Interpret and analyse fire weather information
    • PUAFIR408 Plan aircraft operations
    • PUAFIR409 Develop air attack strategies
    • PUAFIR410 Provide safety advice at a rural/land management incident
    • PUAFIR411 Provide safety advice at an urban incident
    • PUAFIR417 Supervise machinery use in wildfire operations
    • PUAFIR418 Supervise specialist response to aviation accidents and incidents
    • PUAFIR501 Conduct fire investigation and analysis activities
    • PUAFIR502 Develop incident control strategies
    • PUAFIR503 Coordinate human resource management activities
    • PUAFIR504 Assist with formulation and implementation of plans and policies
    • PUAFIR505 Administer cost centre’s financial resources
    • PUAFIR506 Conduct complex prescribed burns
    • PUAFIR507 Inspect building fire safety systems
    • PUAFIR508 Develop and analyse the behaviour and suppression options for a wildfire
    • PUAFIR509 Implement prevention strategies
    • PUAFIR510 Inspect for legislative compliance
    • PUAFIR515 Develop complex prescribed burn plans
    • PUAFIR516 Assess and evaluate a facility’s fire and incident safety management systems
    • PUAFIR517 Conduct an inspection of a performance based design building
    • PUAFIR518 Conduct and record a bushfire attack level (BAL) assessment
    • PUAFIR519 Supervise incendiary operations during aerial ignition
    • PUAFIR601 Develop and administer organisational policies, procedures and practices
    • PUAFIR602 Manage the implementation of community safety strategies
    • PUAFIR603 Determine origin and cause of wildfire
    • PUAFIR604 Determine origin and cause of structure fire
    • PUAFIR605 Determine origin and cause of mobile property fire
    • PUAFIR606 Apply principles of combustion and fire dynamics to fire scene investigation
    • PUAFIR607 Apply electrical/electronic knowledge to fire investigations
    • PUAFIR608 Investigate fatal fires
    • PUAFIR609 Collect, record and coordinate the analysis of physical evidence
    • PUAFIR610 Manage imaging and electronic data
    • PUAFIR611 Process and analyse fire scene data and laboratory results
    • PUAFIR612 Undertake post incident analysis
    • PUALAW001 Protect and preserve incident scene
    • PUALAW002 Conduct initial investigation at incident scene
    • PUALAW003 Give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting
    • PUALAW004 Represent the organisation in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting
    • PUAMAN001 Manage the organisation’s public safety responsibilities
    • PUAMAN002 Administer allocation of resources
    • PUAMAN003 Manage human resources
    • PUAMAN004 Manage procurement
    • PUAMAN005 Manage projects
    • PUAMAN006 Manage and facilitate change
    • PUAMAN007 Manage financial resources
    • PUAMAN008 Manage physical resources
    • PUAOIL202 Use basic equipment operations for oil spill response
    • PUAOIL303 Apply health, safety and risk controls when working on oiled shorelines
    • PUAOIL304 Use advanced equipment operations for oil spill response
    • PUAOIL404 Apply decision making strategies in an oil spill response
    • PUAOIL405 Apply oiled shoreline assessment strategies in an oil spill response
    • PUAOIL406 Lead a team in oiled shoreline clean up
    • PUAOPE001 Manage the investigation function at an incident
    • PUAOPE002 Manage the finance function at an incident
    • PUAOPE003 Manage the public information function at an incident
    • PUAOPE004 Manage the intelligence function at an incident
    • PUAOPE006 Control multi-agency emergency situations
    • PUAOPE007 Command organisational personnel within a multi-agency emergency response
    • PUAOPE009 Navigate in an aquatic environment
    • PUAOPE010 Operate an automated external defibrillator in an emergency
    • PUAOPE011 Inspect property and facilities
    • PUAOPE012 Control a level 1 incident
    • PUAOPE013 Operate communications systems and equipment
    • PUAOPE014 Navigate to an incident
    • PUAOPE015 Conduct briefings and debriefings
    • PUAOPE016 Manage a multi-team sector
    • PUAOPE017 Coordinate resources for a multi-agency incident
    • PUAOPE018 Control a level 2 incident
    • PUAOPE019 Control a level 3 incident
    • PUAOPE020 Lead a crew
    • PUAOPE022 Manage logistics for a complex incident
    • PUAOPE023 Manage operations for a level 2 incident
    • PUAOPE024 Manage operations for a level 3 incident
    • PUAOPE025 Manage planning for a complex incident
    • PUAOPE026 Provide strategic safety advice at an incident
    • PUAOPE027 Undertake beach safety management activities
    • PUAPRO001 Promote a learning environment in the workplace
    • PUAPRS205 Manage marketing requirements
    • PUASAR001 Perform land based swiftwater and floodwater rescue and recovery
    • PUASAR002 Undertake swiftwater and floodwater rescue and recovery
    • PUASAR003 Develop plans for deployment of a USAR team
    • PUASAR004 Implement and monitor USAR operation plans
    • PUASAR005 Review USAR team plans implemented at an incident
    • PUASAR011 Search as a member of an aquatic search team
    • PUASAR012 Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills
    • PUASAR013 Participate in an aquatic rescue operation
    • PUASAR014 Operate and maintain a small powercraft and motor for rescue operations
    • PUASAR015 Crew small powercraft in a rescue operation
    • PUASAR016 Operate and maintain a personal water craft for rescue operations
    • PUASAR017 Undertake advanced surf rescue
    • PUASAR018 Select and maintain canines to be part of a canine search team for USAR incidents
    • PUASAR019 Train canines to work in a USAR environment
    • PUASAR020 Develop a canine search team for USAR incidents
    • PUASAR021 Search as part of a canine search team at USAR incidents
    • PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation
    • PUASAR023 Participate in a first response urban search and rescue Category 1
    • PUASAR024 Undertake road crash rescue
    • PUASAR025 Undertake confined space rescue
    • PUASAR026 Undertake industrial and domestic rescue
    • PUASAR027 Undertake land search rescue
    • PUASAR028 Undertake rescue from a partial structural collapse
    • PUASAR029 Undertake a complex transport rescue
    • PUASAR030 Undertake trench rescue
    • PUASAR031 Undertake an urban search and rescue Category 2 rescue technician
    • PUASAR032 Undertake vertical rescue
    • PUASES008 Undertake storm and water damage operations
    • PUASES009 Undertake inland floodboat operations
    • PUASES010 Plan, activate and maintain a communications network
    • PUASES011 Manage emergency operations
    • PUASES012 Work as a team member in an emergency operations centre
    • PUASES013 Undertake storm and water damage operations performed at heights
    • PUASES014 Apply flood and fast moving water safety techniques
    • PUASES015 Operate over-snow vehicle
    • PUASES016 Apply snowcraft skills when performing search operations
    • 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
    • PUATEA006 Lead a functional unit at an incident
    • PUAVEH001 Drive vehicles under operational conditions
    • PUAWHS001 Follow defined work, health and safety policies and procedures
    • PUAWHS002 Maintain safety at an incident scene
    • PUAWHS003 Implement and monitor organisational work, health and safety policies, procedures and programs
    • PUAWHS004 Establish and maintain the work, health and safety system

    Skill Sets

    • PUASS00052 Air Search Observer
    • PUASS00053 Alpine Search and Survival Operations
    • PUASS00054 Basic Rescue
    • PUASS00055 Basic Tree Operations
    • PUASS00056 Beach Operations Management
    • PUASS00057 Beach Safety and Risk Management
    • PUASS00058 Beach Team Management
    • PUASS00059 Biosecurity Field Surveillance
    • PUASS00060 Biosecurity Infected Premises Operations
    • PUASS00061 Biosecurity Infected Premises Supervisor
    • PUASS00062 Biosecurity Movement Control
    • PUASS00063 Biosecurity Responder
    • PUASS00064 Biosecurity Response Leader
    • PUASS00065 Biosecurity Response Manager
    • PUASS00066 Community Engagement
    • PUASS00067 Complex Prescribed Burn Officer
    • PUASS00068 Complex Prescribed Burn Planner
    • PUASS00069 Flood Response Operations
    • PUASS00070 Floodboat Response Operations
    • PUASS00071 Incident Response Crew/Team Leader
    • PUASS00072 Land Search Team
    • PUASS00073 Local Prescribed Burn Assistant
    • PUASS00074 Local Prescribed Burn Planner
    • PUASS00075 Local Prescribed Burn Supervisor
    • PUASS00076 Oil Spill Responder
    • PUASS00077 Oil Spill Response Team Leader
    • PUASS00078 Operational Leadership
    • PUASS00079 Operations Centre
    • PUASS00080 Prescribed Burn Crew Leader
    • PUASS00081 Prescribed Burn Crew Member
    • PUASS00082 Prescribed Burn Sector Commander
    • PUASS00083 Road Accident Rescue
    • PUASS00084 SES First aid and safety
    • PUASS00085 SES Induction
    • PUASS00086 Simple Prescribed Burn Officer
    • PUASS00087 Simple Prescribed Burn Planner
    • PUASS00088 Storm and Water Damage Response
    • PUASS00089 Storm and Water Damage Response at Height
    • PUASS00090 Structural Collapse
    • PUASS00091 Tree Operations
    • PUASS00092 Vertical Rescue

    2 May 2019


    The draft Training Package materials for this project have been submitted to the AISC.

    Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

    14 March 2019


    The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance and can be accessed via the links below. Links to materials have been removed.

    Case for Endorsement Companion Volume Implementation Guide Qualifications Skill Sets Units of Competency

    Final drafts are scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in April 2019.

    Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

    10 January 2019

    Drafting finalised

    The TAC has completed development work on the draft materials, which will now go through an independent edit and quality assurance review.

    The project is expected to be submitted to the AISC for approval in April 2019 and final drafts will be made available then.

    16 July 2018

    Draft Material Available

    The Public Safety Training Package has been transitioned to the Standards for Training Packages 2012. This project also developed new Qualifications, Skill Sets and Units of Competency for use across public safety sectors. The Public Safety IRC are now seeking feedback on the draft materials and proposed. Please review the draft material and submit your feedback by close of business Friday, 24 August 2018 

    All submitted feedback will be collated and discussed at the next relevant TAC meeting.

    Providing your feedback

    Visit the sub-project pages above to view the drafts and submit feedback. The spreadsheet below indicates to which project materials have been allocated.

    Allocation Spreadsheet

    The drafts are provided in zip files of PDFs and feedback is to be submitted via an online survey.

    To download materials:

    1. Click on the ‘Download draft materials’ button. A zip file will start downloading in your browser.
    2. Navigate to your download folder and unzip the file. The unzipped package has folders containing Qualifications, Skill Sets and Units of Competency.

    To provide feedback:

    1. Click on the ‘Submit feedback’ button. This will take you to an Excel Online survey.
    2. Please provide feedback for each product you are reviewing. To submit feedback on more than one product in that allocation, refresh your browser. To provide feedback on material in a different allocation, please use the feedback link on that page.

    If you are having difficulty downloading the material and using the feedback survey, please contact lucy.blake@australianindustrystandards.org.au. If you have any questions about the project, please contact the Industry Manager.

    Cases for Change

    On the Thursday, 27 July 2017, the AISC considered two Public Safety Cases for Change, and have commissioned Australian Industry Standards to undertake the following training package development work:

    • PUA12 – Public Safety (Biosecurity) proposed the development of one new unit of competency, and eight new Skill Sets to respond to requirements for biosecurity response operations.
    Download Case for Change


    • PUA12 – Public Safety (Transition) to transition to the 2012 standards including revision of fire, emergency and incident components responding to current industry requirements, public safety policy and doctrines, and national legislative requirements.
    Download Case for Change


    The Case for Change covered the development of:

    • 57 existing PUA Units of Competency related to;
      • Fire safety and emergency response including prescribed burning operations
      • Incident management
      • Emergency communications centre operations
      • Workplace emergency response
      • Work, health and safety
      • Emergency risk management
      • Public safety leadership
      • Building fire safety
    • Development of 21 new Units of Competency
    • Development of 25 new Skill Sets
    • Development of 1 new qualification

    Industry Subject Matter Experts Needed

    The Public Safety IRC is currently forming Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) for the various Public Safety Training Package projects.

    Your industry expertise and insight would be welcome to help shape the skill development and future workforce of your industry.

    To register your interest in becoming a TAC member, or for more information, please contact the Industry Manager, by close of business Thursday 22nd September, 2017.

    For more information about the Public Safety projects click here.

    Transitioning To The Standards For Training Packages 2012

    All Training Package products are required to be developed to an agreed quality standard and are highly responsive to industry’s existing and future skills needs. The organising framework of standards that supports the development of industry Training Packages consists of:

    The Public Safety Training Package is required to comply with the Standards for Training Packages 2012. The Standards apply to the design and development of Training Packages for endorsement consideration by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.


    The following tables demonstrate the changes that apply to qualifications and units of competency under the Standards for Training Packages 2012.

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    The Public Safety IRC will seek feedback on all products validated by industry stakeholders in the coming months. Drafts of Public Safety Training Package products will be available from individual TAC pages.


    Requests for project information are to be sent to:

    Greg Spence
    Greg Spence
    Industry Manager
    Email greg.spence@australianindustrystandards.org.au


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