Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Operations)

Not applicable.


12 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

7 core units

5 elective units

Choose a minimum of 3 elective units from the list below.

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

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must be from an equivalent qualification level or higher.

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

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

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


Core Units

add topic PUACOM003B

Manage information

add topic PUACOM007B

Liaise with other organisations

add topic PUAMAN002B

Administer work group resources

add topic PUAOHS001C

Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures

add topic PUAOPE014A

Navigate to an incident

add topic PUAOPE015A

Conduct briefings and debriefings

add topic PUATEA002B

Work autonomously


Elective Units

add topic PUACOM002B

Provide services to clients

add topic PUACOM005B

Foster a positive organisational image in the community

add topic PUACOM006B

Plan and conduct a public awareness program

add topic PUACOM008B

Develop and organise public safety awareness programs

add topic PUACOM012B

Liaise with media at a local level

add topic PUACOM013B

Administer a local public safety group


Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises


Design emergency management exercises

add topic PUALAW001B

Protect and preserve incident scene

add topic PUALAW002B

Conduct initial investigation at incident scene

add topic PUALAW003B

Give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting

add topic PUAOPE012A

Control a Level 1 incident

add topic PUASES010A

Plan, activate and maintain a communications network

add topic PUAOPE013A Operate communications systems and equipment

add topic PUAVEH001B

Drive vehicles under operational conditions

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

For the purposes of gaining a qualification the following three units count as one unit*:

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Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS301B *

Contribute to assessment


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Assess competence

add topic TAEASS403B *

Participate in assessment validation


    Pathways into the qualification and pathways from the qualification

    Within the SES sector, pathways into and from qualifications are based on organisational requirements and capabilities, as well as the requirement to meet unit of competency pre-requisites.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA30512 Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Operations) 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.

Public Safety 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


communicate effectively

disseminate gathered information to appropriate personnel within the specified timeframe

identify information needs and sources


make contributions to participative arrangements in the workplace within organisational procedures and scope of responsibilities and competencies

present information, which may include routine and complex reports and submissions, briefing notes, ministerials, proposals, project plans, articles and promotional material

recommend improving the information system and submit this to designated persons/groups

use information in a format suitable for analysis, interpretation and dissemination


collect information that is timely and relevant to the needs of individuals/teams

determine and identify the information needs of individuals/teams and the sources

develop networks and relationships and liaise effectively

develop relationships

establish formal and informal networks

mentor and coach

participate in regular meetings and forums to support mutual cooperation

Problem solving

allocate resources to facilitate required outcomes

interpret cartographic information, navigation techniques, local and environmental conditions to determine and plan a safe and timely route

recognise hazards in the work area, rectify them where possible and report to designated personnel according to workplace procedures

review activity against the policies, practices and training of the organisation to identify any discrepancies

review information held by the organisation to determine suitability and accessibility

solve problems to support analysis

Initiative and enterprise

modify route to address prevailing conditions and, if required, initiate alternate strategies

obtain information which is not available or accessible within the organisation

raise occupational health and safety issues with designated personnel in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant occupational health and safety legislation

Planning and organising

analyse information to identify relevant trends and developments in terms of the needs for which it was acquired

monitor and evaluate resource usage against targets and organisational standards

plan and prepare a briefing/debriefing in accordance with organisation’s policy and procedures

store equipment stock and supplies in accordance with organisation’s policy and procedures


maintain personal safety and safety of others

monitor individual performance against defined performance requirements and take appropriate action to maintain performance if required

provide feedback on own performance as required

report the results of information gathering, analysis and synthesis within specified timeframes and to the standard defined by the organisation

store equipment stock and supplies in accordance with organisation’s policy and procedures


learn about organisation’s policies

learn about organisation’s procedures for activity debriefing

learn about practices and training processes in relation to activity

maintain records of resource allocation and usage in accordance with relevant legislation and organisational guidelines


analyse, which may include application of statistical methods, mathematical calculations

use collection techniques such as databases

use computers, communication channels, records management, market trends, registries and file records, basic statistical information

use information storage requirements and methods

use management information systems to store and retrieve data for decision making

use technology available in the work area/organisation to manage information