PUA Emergency Management

Project scope

The traditional roles of emergency service responders are evolving rapidly, particularly as their work extends into fire and emergency prevention, preparedness, incident response and recovery. This demands new and different skills and capabilities in emergency management.


The Public Safety IRC proposed this project to update two qualifications and 26 Units of Competency associated with emergency management to reflect new work practices such as community engagement activities the emergency management sector utilises to build community resilience.


The project will address changing regulatory and industry skills requirements to meet jurisdictional and community expectations during an operational response.

  • Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management)
  • Advanced Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management).




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.



Two Emergency Management  qualifications

  • PUA50119 Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management)
  • PUA60119 Advanced Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management)

 Twenty Six Units of Competency

  • PUACOM007 Liaise with other organisations
  • PUACOM008 Develop and organise public safety awareness programs
  • PUACOM009 Manage media requirements at major incident
  • PUAEMR008 Contribute to an emergency risk management process
  • PUAEMR009 Facilitate emergency risk assessment
  • PUAEMR012 Determine treatment options
  • 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
  • PUAEMR030 Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises
  • PUAEMR031 Design emergency management exercises
  • PUALAW004 Represent the organisation in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting
  • PUAMAN001 Manage the organisation’s public safety responsibilities
  • PUAMAN003 Manage human resources
  • PUAMAN005 Manage projects
  • PUAMAN007 Manage financial resources
  • PUAMAN008 Manage physical resources
  • PUAOHS004 Establish and maintain the occupational health and safety system
  • PUAOPE016 Manage a multi-team sector
  • PUAOPE017 Coordinate resources for a multi-agency incident
  • PUAOPE019 Control a Level 3 incident
  • PUAOPE024 Manage operations for a Level 3 incident
  • PUAPRO001 Promote a learning environment in the workplace



The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 31 December 2020.


How to get involved

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed to provide expertise for this work. 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.


Stakeholder feedback on draft training materials will be sought as part of the development phase of work.

Technical advisory committee


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 two qualifications, twenty six Units of Competency and four Skill Sets aimed at addressing the need for greater integration of emergency services within the community prior to, during and after emergency response situations.


TAC nominations closed on Wednesday, 13 November 2019. 


For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.



1 JULY 2020



The Technical Advisory Committee has finalised draft materials for this project and would like your feedback.


Feedback on draft materials closed on Tuesday, 28 July 2020 for consideration by the TAC.


Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.


Summary of development


Draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications are developed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and industry stakeholders.


Initial drafting of Training Package material (Units of Competency, Skill Sets and/or qualifications) is being undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee established by the IRC. Comprising people with diverse expertise and experience in Emergency Management, it has ensured that the draft Units are informed by the needs of industry.

Quality Assurance


22 OCTOBER 2020



The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance.


The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in December 2020.




13 AUGUST 2020



The Emergency Management Technical Advisory Committee has considered all stakeholder feedback.


Feedback on draft materials closed on Wednesday, 26 August 2020 for consideration by the TAC.


Summary of Feedback


The Emergency Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) received limited feedback on the review and updating of the two qualifications and twenty six Units of Competency.


Feedback was received in relation to the statements used, the order of PCs, assessment tasks, prerequisites and terminology.


All feedback was carefully considered by the TAC and the work has now been concluded.





16 DECEMBER 2020


At its meeting on 2 December 2020 the AISC approved the Public Safety Training Package (Release 3.0) for referral to the Skills Ministers for endorsement.


For more information on this project, please contact the Industry Skills Specialist.




17 NOVEMBER 2020

Case for Endorsement submitted to AISC


The draft materials for the Public Safety Training Package (Release 3.0) have been submitted to the AISC.


If approved, this Case for Endorsement will result in:

  • Eight new Units of Competency in fire and emergency aviation and 10 updated units
  • Two updated Emergency Management qualifications and 26 Units of Competency
  • 20 qualifications, three Units of Competency and two Skill Sets in the Public Safety Training Package were also updated


View Case for Endorsement


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



Jennifer Webster

Industry Skills Specialist - Public Safety



Email: Jennifer.Webster@aistnds.org.au

Phone: 0458 500 642