Certificate III in Air Dispatch

Not applicable.


17 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

7 core units

10 elective units

Choose a minimum of 8 elective units from the Group A (Specialisation) and Group B (General) elective lists below, of which 6 must be taken from Group A.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the elective lists below, or elsewhere within this training package, or another endorsed training package, or accredited course.

Where a pre-requisite unit is attached to an elective unit it is identified by this symbol .

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the elective units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of elective units required for the qualification.

The elective units should be selected from the units that most closely align to an individuals occupational outcomes. Electives selected must not duplicate outcomes of other units.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.


Core Units

add topic DEFAD001A

Rig and hook up loads during rotary wing external lift operations

add topic DEFAD002A

Assist in establishing and clearing a cargo drop zone

add topic DEFCM104C

Operate in a threat environment

add topic DEFCM303B

Rig and dispatch air-drop loads

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic BSBOHS201A

Participate in OHS processes

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team


Group A Elective Units (Specialisation)

add topic DEFEO101D

Work safely with explosive ordnance

add topic DEFEO201C

Respond to fire

add topic DEFTP001B

Operate a vehicle in an environment of threat

add topic DEFTP002B Operate a vehicle at night
add topic DEFTP003B Operate a vehicle over difficult terrain
add topic DEFTP004B Operate a vehicle using night fighting equipment (NFE)
add topic TLIF2010A Apply fatigue management strategies
add topic TLIF3013A Coordinate breakdowns and emergencies

add topic DEFTP002B

Operate a vehicle at night

add topic DEFTP003B Operate a vehicle over difficult terrain
add topic TLIH3002A Plan and navigate routes

add topic DEFTP003B

Operate a vehicle over difficult terrain

add topic TLIF3013A Coordinate breakdowns and emergencies

add topic AVID2003B

Prepare freight for flight

add topic AVIA3001B

Package dangerous goods for air transport

add topic HLTFA311A

Apply first aid

add topic MSAENV272B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic PUAWER008B

Confine small workplace emergencies

add topic TLIA3015A

Complete receival/despatch documentation

add topic TLIB1028A

Maintain and use hand tools

add topic TLID1001A

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

add topic TLID2003A

Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances

add topic TLID2004A

Load and unload goods/cargo

add topic TLID2047A

Prepare cargo for transfer with slings

add topic TLID2016A

Load and unload explosives and dangerous goods

add topic TLIE3002A

Estimate/calculate mass, area and quantify dimensions

add topic TLIE3004A

Prepare workplace documents

add topic TLIE2007A

Use communication systems


Group B Elective Units (General)

add topic BSBCMM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic BSBINM201A

Process and maintain workplace information

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBWOR202A

Organise and complete daily work activities

add topic ICAU1133B

Send and retrieve information using web browsers and email

add topic PSPGOV204B

Access and use resources

add topic PSPGOV207B

Use technology in the workplace

add topic SISOOPS201A

Minimise environmental impact

add topic TLIE1005A

Carry out basic workplace calculations


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF32412 Certificate III in Air Dispatch

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF32412 Certificate III in Air Dispatch have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Defence qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement


compile, use and distribute air-drop and air movement documentation

consult people on policies and decisions that affect them

interpret air logistic publications and comply with their requirements

receive, interpret and carry out orders and instructions

use field signals to communicate with other team members


complete aircraft loading as part of a crew

guide and facilitate teams

move in patrol formations

treat each other with respect and dignity

work as a team member under supervision

Problem solving

apply detection avoidance techniques

deal with enemy offensive measures and tactics

judge distances

respond to an enemy threat or enemy actions

use range cards to document distances to discernible features

Initiative and enterprise

display initiative

identify and access available support

recognise individual differences in the workplace, value these differences and adjust own behaviour to account for these differences

Planning and organising

assist in the employment of early warning and area protection devices

manage resources

prepare load

prepare stores and equipment for container and platform air-drop

rig container and platform for air-drop loads


apply individual camouflage and concealment measures to minimise detection

apply individual movement techniques

ensure personal conduct complies with an awareness of workplace equity and diversity

implement duties and responsibilities of an individual member of a tactical team

maintain individual health and hygiene in the field


learn about and apply relevant drills

learn about standard procedures

understand relevant safety, legislative and statutory requirements


employ weapons

operate aircraft loading equipment

use field equipment

use hand and power tools

use weighing devices (scales) and calculators