DEF Defence Sensor Operations

This project is part of the DEF Defence Skills.


This project will consider the current and future capability needs relating to Defence sensor operations, including the use of emerging technologies. The project addresses ongoing Defence capability reviews, wider industry practices, or Defence legislative requirements.

This project addresses the ongoing requirement to review and update DEF Defence Training Package materials previously endorsed in 2015 and ensuring that Defence’s current and future capability needs are met beyond 2019-20. The project will be undertaken as part of ongoing Defence capability reviews across the Australian Defence Force. Where imported elective Units of Competency are identified as either deleted or superseded, the IRC may also elect to revise the affected Defence qualification(s) through the IRC minor upgrade process.

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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.

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.

Greg Spence
Greg Spence
Industry Manager


Project Deliverables

One qualification to be reviewed:

  • DEF33115 Certificate III in Sensor Operations

12 existing Units of Competency to be reviewed:

  • DEFCMM004 Conduct operator level maintenance in a Defence environment
  • DEFCMM005 Transmit and receive messages via voice systems
  • DEFGEN001 Work in a team
  • DEFGEN002 Work independently
  • DEFSEN001 Operate a radar system
  • DEFSEN002 Operate a sonar system
  • DEFSEN003 Operate a torpedo fire control system
  • DEFSEN004 Operate an electronic support suite
  • DEFSEN005 Operate decoy systems
  • DEFSEN006 Optimise and monitor sensor display
  • DEFSEN007 Provide general support to combat systems operations
  • DEFSEN008 Support the compilation of the tactical picture

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