PUA National Recovery Training Program
The National Recovery Training Program has reviewed ways to build the formal capability of support workers involved in recovery activities following natural disasters. Complex, concurrent and compounding disaster events like those over the 2019-20 summer have highlighted the need for resource-sharing across agencies involved in recovery operations. The project identified common skills requirements for key disaster recovery roles and the need to develop Training Package products to support disaster recovery capability training.
Underpinning the Project were the findings and recommendations of the 2020 Royal Commission into National Disaster Arrangements and subsequent work, which stressed the importance of a national approach to recovery competencies and training pathways to support interoperability and sharing of human and physical resources across the country.
Stakeholders from key organisations involved in recovery, including Australian, state and territory and local governments, government agencies, and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), were involved throughout the Project.
The Department of Education Skills and Employment (DESE) has approved the Project’s recommendation to develop the following training products for inclusion in the Public Safety (PUA) Training Package:
- Two new qualifications, one at Diploma and one at Advanced Diploma
- Seven new Skill Sets, including two Skill Sets addressing the fundamentals of recovery which can be used across all areas of recovery work
- Seven new Units of Competency, including a unit that supports the application of psychological first aid in a community recovery context
The project will include two tranches; the initial work will include the development one Skill Set and three Units of Competency to support a recovery team member. The second will include the development of qualifications, Skill Sets and Units of Competency to address recovery leadership and management.
The Public Safety Industry Reference Committee (IRC) have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders.
A Technical Advisory Committee has been formed to provide subject matter expertise in this project.
The Case for Endorsement and draft materials are due to be submitted by 25 March 2022 for tranche one and 15 July 2022 for tranche two.
Work on this project has commenced and the Public Safety Industry Reference Committee has formed a Technical Advisory Committee to provide subject matter expertise.
11 JANUARY 2022
On behalf of the Public Safety Industry Reference Committee, the project Technical Advisory Committee has drafted Training Package materials for the National Recovery Training Program project and would like your feedback. The materials are aimed at building the capability of support workers involved in recovery activities following natural disasters.
The initial draft materials include one Skill Set and three Units of Competency addressing the skills required to support a recovery team member.
The training package products include standards to operate effectively in the context of recovery and communicating effectively across the recovery environment.
Additionally, the materials address skills required for a team member in providing relief and recovery services and information, as well as applying psychological first aid.
The next tranche of work will include the development of new Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications, six Skill Sets and four Units of Competency to address recovery leadership and management. These draft materials will also be made available for stakeholder feedback.
To view the drafts, click below:
Please submit your feedback by 31 January 2022.
Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.
Industry Skills Manager - Aviation, Corrections, Defence and Public Safety