Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Operations)

Not applicable.


10 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

4 core units

6 elective units

Choose 1 elective unit from the Group A list below.

Choose a minimum of 2 elective units from the Group B list below.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the Group B elective list below, or 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.

Although some units within this qualification have pre-requisite units (in a fire context), those pre-requisites are not required for this qualification.


Core Units

add topic PUACOM001C

Communicate in the workplace

add topic PUAOHS001C

Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic AHCBIO301A

Work effectively in an emergency disease or pest plant response


Elective Units

Group A

add topic PUACOM003B

Manage information

add topic PSPGOV307B

Organise workplace information


Elective Units

Group B

add topic PUAECO006A

Read and interpret maps

add topic PUAEQU001B

Prepare, maintain and test response equipment

add topic PUAFIR209B

Work safely around aircraft

add topic PUAOHS002B

Maintain safety at an incident scene

add topic PUAOPE013A

Operate communications systems and equipment

add topic PUAOPE015A

Conduct briefings and debriefings

add topic PUAOPE020A

Lead a crew

add topic PUASES012A

Work as a team member in an emergency operations centre

add topic PUAVEH001B

Drive vehicles under operational conditions

add topic AHCBIO202A

Follow site quarantine procedures

add topic AHCBIO302A

Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs

add topic AHCBIO303A

Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises

add topic AHCBIO304A

Carry out movement and security procedures

add topic AHCBIO402A

Carry out field surveillance for a specific emergency disease or plant pest

add topic AHCNAR302A

Collect and preserve biological samples

add topic PSPGOV417A

Identify and treat risks


    Pathways into the qualification

    There are no pre requisites for entering this qualification. This qualification is open to any candidate who has worked in or is likely to work in biosecurity response; either in a field or operations centre role.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving the PUA33112 Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Operations), candidates may undertake a range of qualifications relevant to their role, such as:

    PUA42912 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Leadership)

    PUA52412 Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Management).

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 PUA33112 Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response 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


control the conversation to ensure necessary information is obtained from the caller

use active listening skills and questioning techniques to clarify issues

use codes, abbreviations, prowords or specialist terminology in the transmission of information


encourage and acknowledge participation by team members

make contributions to participative arrangements in the workplace (such as occupational health and safety committees team or workgroup meetings) within organisational procedures and scope of responsibilities and competencies

request assistance in the completion of tasks from other team members where appropriate

Problem solving

identify and communicate difficulties/problem areas to the appropriate person

identify and report faulty equipment in accordance with the organisation’s policies and procedures, and employ alternative strategies employed when necessary

make decisions and solve problems to prioritise requests

Initiative and enterprise

make contributions to identifying team goals and objectives

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

understand, acknowledge and accurately represent to others where required, views and opinions of individuals or a group

Planning and organising

prioritise request/s for assistance in accordance with agency protocols and legislation where required

receive, record and relay information

summarise and communicate information using clear and appropriate language, in accordance with the organisation’s policies and procedures

Self management

maintain readiness in periods of low operational activity

manage stress

respond calmly to multiple demands in high operational activity


learn about communication protocols

learn about the meaning of occupational health and safety signs and symbols relevant to area of work

learn about the types of emergencies (with regards to relevant legislation)


effectively use telephony equipment, radios, computer systems and associated software

use equipment designed to receive incoming incident calls/enquiries in accordance with the organisation’s and supplier’s procedures

use equipment relating to incident/information management