Assessor Resource

Maintain stock culture, holding and other farm structures

Assessment tool

Version 1.0
Issue Date: February 2019

The unit does not apply to activities where, under government regulations, a licensed tradesperson is required to undertake the work.

All enterprise or workplace procedures and activities are carried out according to relevant government regulations, licensing and other compliance requirements, including occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines and ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles.

Equipment operation, maintenance, repairs and calibrations are undertaken in a safe manner that conforms to manufacturer instructions. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected, checked, used and maintained.

This unit of competency involves routinely maintaining aquaculture, seafood holding or ornamental structures or systems.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

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Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Evidence Required

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The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit

Assessment must confirm the ability to:

communicate with supervisor on maintenance and repair activities

identify the need for and carry out basic maintenance and repair work on stock culture, holding and farm structures and fittings and fixtures in an aquaculture, holding or ornamental enterprise.

Assessment must confirm knowledge of:

basic repair and maintenance techniques or work procedures relevant to stock culture, holding and farm structures.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment is to be conducted at the workplace or in a simulated work environment. It should cover the basic maintenance and repairs typically required in an aquaculture, holding or ornamental facility in the region.

Resources may include:

stock culture or holding structures, farm structures and areas of property in need of maintenance

tools and repair materials

work procedures for repairs and maintenance.

Method of assessment

The following assessment methods are suggested:


practical exercises

written and oral short-answer testing.

Guidance information for assessment

This unit may be assessed holistically with other units within a qualification.

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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Required skills

assessing and reporting on extent and urgency of required repairs and maintenance

communicating ideas on possible improvements

communicating with supervisor on maintenance and repair activities

using a range of workshop, hand and power tools.

Literacy skills used for:

interpreting warning signs and/or labels on tools or products

recording information on maintenance and repair activities in required reports.

Numeracy skills used for:

measuring quantities.

Required knowledge

enterprise OHS guidelines and procedures

techniques to repair or maintain structures

tools required for maintenance and repair.

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Relevant government regulations, licensing and other compliance requirements may include:

biodiversity and genetically modified organisms

biosecurity, translocation and quarantine

business or workplace operations, policies and practices

environmental hazard identification, risk assessment and control

food safety/Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), hygiene and temperature control along chain of custody, and Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) Export Control (Fish) orders

health and welfare of aquatic animals

Indigenous land rights and cultural activities, including fishing by traditional methods

maritime operations, safety at sea and pollution control

OHS hazard identification, risk assessment and control.

OHS guidelines may include:

appropriate workplace provision of first aid kits and fire extinguishers

codes of practice, regulations and/or guidance notes which may apply in a jurisdiction or industry sector

enterprise-specific OHS procedures, policies or standards

hazard and risk assessment of workplace, maintenance activities and control measures

induction or training of staff, contractors and visitors in relevant OHS procedures and/or requirements to allow them to carry out their duties in a safe manner

OHS training register

safe lifting, carrying and handling techniques, including manual handling, and the handling and storage of hazardous substances

safe systems and procedures for outdoor work, including protection from solar radiation, fall protection, confined space entry and the protection of people in the workplace

systems and procedures for the safe maintenance of property, machinery and equipment, including hydraulics and exposed moving parts

the appropriate use, maintenance and storage of PPE.

ESD principles may include:

applying animal welfare ethics and procedures

control of effluents, chemical residues, contaminants, wastes and pollution

control of weeds, pests, predators and diseases, stock health maintenance

improving energy efficiency

increasing use of renewable, recyclable and recoverable resources

minimising noise, dust, light or odour emissions

preventing live cultured or held organisms from escaping into environment

reducing emissions of greenhouse gases

reducing energy use

reducing use of non-renewable resources

undertaking environmental hazard identification, risk assessment and control

undertaking facility quarantine, biosecurity and translocation of livestock and genetic material

using and recycling water, and maintaining water quality.

PPE may include:

buoyancy vest or personal floatation device (PFD)

hard hat or protective head covering

hearing protection (e.g. ear plugs and ear muffs)

non-slip and waterproof boots (gumboots) or other safety footwear

personal locator beacon or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)

protective eyewear, glasses and face mask

protective outdoor clothing for tropical conditions

respirator or face mask

safety harness

sun protection (e.g. sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses)

uniforms or overalls

waterproof clothing (e.g. wet weather gear and waders).

Stock culture or holding structures or systems may include:

blowers, aerators, paddlewheels and aspirators

greenhouses, hothouses and igloos

pest, predator and disease control structures

water supply and disposal or effluent systems, including pumps, pipes, canals, channels, settlement ponds and storage dams

cages, pontoons, enclosures and pens, including associated moorings, anchors, floats and markers

dams, ponds and pools

display tanks, aquaria and aquascapes

grow out facilities, hatcheries and nurseries

harvesting swimways, canals or channels

live holding tanks, bins, cages and pens

longlines, posts, racks and rails, rafts, fences, socks, trays, sticks, baskets, modules, barrels, bags and panels

open, flow-through, closed and semi-closed systems

purging or depurating systems

tanks, raceways and recirculating systems.

Farm structures may include:


equipment storage

fences and gates

greenhouses, hothouses and igloos




security systems

shelters and shade cloths

soil conservation works

surrounding grounds and gardens

tanks, pumps and blower stands

tracks, roads and pathways

waste holding and disposal structures

water supply and effluent systems, pipes and channels.

Minor repairs may include:

clean or wash

disinfect or sterilise

dry out or moisten

fill or fix holes

paint, oil or grease

untangle, repair or replace

weed or remove vegetation and debris.

Fixtures and fittings may include:

alarms, security, lighting and temperature control

feeders and hoppers

pumps and water treatment equipment

ropes, moorings and buoys

screens and predator control equipment

water quality monitors

water supply and effluent system.

Tools and materials may include:

cleaning rags


fibreglass tools

glue, primer and sandpaper

oil and/or grease gun

plugs or repair patches

safety equipment (e.g. goggles, mask or breathing equipment)

screwdrivers, spanners or socket set, stilson, hacksaw and heat guns

silicone or similar sealant

spade, shovel, pick and crowbar

thread and plumber's tape.

Copy and paste from the following performance criteria to create an observation checklist for each task. When you have finished writing your assessment tool every one of these must have been addressed, preferably several times in a variety of contexts. To ensure this occurs download the assessment matrix for the unit; enter each assessment task as a column header and place check marks against each performance criteria that task addresses.

Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Stock culture, holding and farm structures are checked for soundness and signs of damage by the elements, pests, corrosion and general wear and tear and minor repairs are undertaken according to the supervisor's instructions. 
Damage to fixtures and fittings is identified and repaired according to the supervisor's instructions. 
Tools and materials chosen and used are appropriate to the task being undertaken. 
Clean up of work area, including repairs and storage of equipment, is supervised and condition report prepared. 
Relevant maintenance and repair data, observations or information are recorded legibly and accurately, and any out of range or unusual records checked. 
Compliance and other required reports are prepared and conveyed to senior personnel advising of the effectiveness of maintenance and repair, and recommendations made for improvements. 
Feedback given and sought on effectiveness of the monitoring activities. 


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