Certificate IV in Defence Safety Coordination

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 15 units

All 8 core units plus 5 units from the specialisation elective units plus 2 general elective units

Specialist elective units should be selected from the fields that most closely align to an individual's occupational outcomes.

The general elective units may be taken from the general elective units listed below, or may include 2 unit taken from within this Training Package or any other endorsed Training Package at the same qualification level or at a higher level.


Core Units

add topic DEFOH001B

Conduct an occupational health and safety audit

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment

add topic BSBCMN211A

Participate in workplace safety procedures

add topic BSBCMN311A

Maintain workplace safety

add topic BSBCMN411A

Monitor a safe workplace

add topic PSPGOV406B

Gather and analyse information

add topic PSPOHS401B

Implement workplace safety procedures and programs


Specialisation Elective Units

add topic BSBMGT505A

Ensure a safe workplace

add topic BSBOHS508A

Participate in the investigation of incidents

add topic BSBOHS604A

Apply ergonomic principles to control OHS risk

add topic BSBOHS605A

Apply occupational hygiene principles to control OHS risk

add topic BSBOHS606A

Develop and implement crisis management processes

add topic PSPOHS601A

Establish, maintain and evaluate the organisation's occupational health and safety system

add topic PSPPOLD501A

Develop organisation policy

add topic PSPREG601A

Manage regulatory compliance

add topic PSPREG602A

Evaluate regulatory compliance

add topic DEFOH002B

Conduct occupational health and safety inspections

add topic DEFOH003B

Identify and monitor radiation hazards

add topic DEFOH004B

Develop noise management plans

add topic DEFOH005B

Apply radio frequency radiation safety procedures

add topic DEFOH006B

Develop radio frequency radiation safety plans

add topic DEFOH007B

Apply ionising radiation safety procedures

add topic DEFOH008B

Develop ionising radiation safety plans

add topic EFOH009B

Work safely with lasers

add topic DEFOH010B

Apply laser safety procedures

add topic DEFOH011B

Develop laser safety plans

add topic DEFOH012B

Identify confined space

add topic DEFOH013B

Enter confined space

add topic DEFOH014B

Test confined space environment

add topic DEFOH015B

Control entry to confined spaces

add topic DEFOH016B

Monitor and report on hazardous substances safety

add topic DEFCM003B

Analyse causes and identify countermeasures for injuries in physical activities

add topic PUAEMR009B

Facilitate emergency risk assessment

add topic PUAEMR012B

Determine treatment options

add topic PUAEMR013B

Facilitate treatment strategy development and implementation

add topic PUAPOL006B

Facilitate effective communication in the workplace


General Elective Units

add topic BSBFLM404A

Lead work teams

add topic BSBFLM406A

Implement workplace information system

add topic BSBFLM409A

Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBFLM503B

Manage effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBFLM510A

Facilitate and capitalise on change and innovation

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic TAADEL401B

Plan and organise group-based delivery

add topic TAADEL402B

Facilitate group-based learning


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF40912 Certificate IV in Defence Safety Coordination

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF40912 Certificate IV in Defence Safety Coordination 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.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement

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.


communicate treatment plans

compile reports on equity and diversity issues

critically evaluate an operational situation by listening, observing and clarifying information with supervisor

determine, document and communicate levels of risk

develop techniques for giving and receiving feedback in a constructive manner

document any risk that is determined as unacceptable and note for treatment

ensure reading skills are to the level required to interpret and analyse job instructions, workplace documentation and inspection reports

ensure written communication is to the level required to complete workplace documentation and OH&S audit reports

evaluate treatment options under consideration for effectiveness

identify and communicate equity and diversity strategies to team members

make notes of observations

prepare and update audit reports

provide feedback on equity and diversity strategies to managers

use verbal and non-verbal communication techniques including body language, language style, active listening, negotiation techniques and interpersonal communication

voice personal view to the review process


apply techniques to support others

develop team work principles and strategies

encourage team members

foster and promote equity and diversity practices

participate in the team

provide assistance to maximise individual contribution to the attainment of the team objectives

supervise and monitor equity and diversity processes within the workplace

understand team dynamics, aims and objectives

understand techniques for supporting others

understand the composition, roles and responsibilities of team members

work effectively with teams/groups

work within a team environment

Problem solving

apply analytical and probing skills

apply known solutions to a variety of predictable problems

deal with minor incidents

determine and manage constraints and risks relevant to the task

identify hazards, assess risks and control risks

represent mathematical ideas in appropriate format

resolve grievances and complaints without bias

solve problems

take action to correct inappropriate behaviour

use problem solving skills for a defined range of problems

Initiative and enterprise

act independently

be incisive in a fluid and demanding environment

lead by example

understand occupational health and safety principles and risk/risk management strategies

Planning and organising

analyse risks and prioritise levels of risk for treatment

determine and manage the constraints and risks relevant to the task

evaluate treatment options under consideration for effectiveness

identify and assess risk in preparation for the treatment of risk

identify and prepare appropriate audit tools

identify, plan and implement treatment options to reduce risk

identify sources of information on equity and diversity in accordance with legislative requirements, and organisational policies and practices

plan and prepare for an occupational health and safety audit

select appropriate auditing methods and techniques

understand and apply throughout the operation, occupational health and safety legislation and codes of practice and standards and recognised safety precautions, including those contained in Australian Defence Force procedures


act independently

be incisive in a fluid and demanding environment

conduct post activity analysis and make subsequent recommendations

lead by example


develop an understanding of research and analysis techniques


understand and use appropriate occupational health and safety and risk management tools and systems, information technology and software