DEF Work Diving
This project involves the revision of 17 Units of Competency in the Defence Training Package that are not housed in a qualification. These units were originally part of a Certificate IV in Defence Diving which was deleted in 2017. However, the units are maintained by Defence as they are still used in Accredited Courses by other RTOs outside of Defence such as Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS).
Defence Divers carry out diving operations with surface supplied breathing apparatus to complete a range of activities using pneumatic, hydraulic, and explosive power tools, thermal arc cutting and welding equipment. In addition, divers are trained in clearance operations, search techniques and recovery. They must retain a current diving status by diving for a minimum of 180 minutes during every six-month period, 60 minutes of which is to be at night or with zero visibility.
The review will determine the extent those units are being used, with potential to recommend they be deleted from the national register if no longer in use.
The Public Safety Industry Reference Committee (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 to provide subject matter expertise for the development of Training Package materials.
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 Skills Manager.
The Case for Endorsement and draft materials are due to be submitted by 30 June 2022.
The full list of products included in this project:
Units of Competency
- DEFWDV001Y Dive using self-contained underwater breathing apparatus in open water to 30 metres
- DEFWDV002Y Support SCUBA diving operations from the surface
- DEFWDV003Y Act as a standby diver
- DEFWDV004Y Dive using surface-supplied breathing apparatus in open water to 30 metres
- DEFWDV005Y Dive using closed-circuit breathing apparatus (N2O2) in open water to a maximum depth of 40 metres
- DEFWDV006Y Dive using closed-circuit breathing apparatus (O2) in open water to a maximum depth of 10 metres
- DEFWDV007Y Dive using closed-circuit breathing apparatus (HeO2) in open water to a maximum depth of 60 metres
- DEFWDV008Y Employ hand tools in an underwater environment
- DEFWDV009Y Conduct an underwater search of a ship’s hull
- DEFWDV010Y Employ power tools in an underwater environment
- DEFWDV011Y Perform non-technical structural inspections underwater
- DEFWDV012Y Perform underwater beach and waterway surveys
- DEFWDV013Y Employ air-lift devices underwater
- DEFWDV014Y Perform concreting in an underwater environment
- DEFWDV015Y Employ explosive power tools in an underwater environment
- DEFWDV016Y Perform underwater rigging work
- DEFWDV017Y Employ thermal cutting and welding tools (non-load bearing) in an underwater environment
10 SEPTEMBER 2021
The Public Safety Industry Reference Committee has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project.
Comprising six subject matter experts from the Work Diving Industry and personnel from Defence, the TAC has been tasked with:
- Providing specialist industry subject-matter knowledge to help review and develop 17 Units of Competency in the Defence Training Package
- Validating the technical content of the Training Package products
- Identifying relevant qualitative and quantitative data sources to inform the development of draft materials
- Reviewing feedback from stakeholders through public consultations
- Assisting in identifying and engaging broader industry networks to participate in consultation and/or validation activities during the duration of the project
- Offering advice and guidance to assist in informing the direction of the project throughout its duration
- Making recommendations on the developed Training Package materials to the relevant IRC, which has the final decision-making authority.
The first meeting of the TAC is scheduled for late September.
Technical advisory committee
7 JULY 2021
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED
Work on this project has commenced and the Public Safety Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is forming a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).
Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials in the revision of 17 Units of Competency in the Defence Training Package that were orphaned in 2017. These units were originally part of the Certificate IV in Defence Diving which was deleted in 2017 however, the units are maintained by Defence as they are still used in Accredited Courses by other RTOs outside of Defence such as Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS).
A background in the defence force or scuba diving is being sought for this project.
Registrations closed Wednesday, 21 July 2021.
Industry Skills Manager - Aviation, Corrections, Defence and Public Safety