Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership)

Not applicable.


13 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

5 core units

8 elective units

Choose 1 elective unit from the Group A list below.

Choose a minimum of 5 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.

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 PUACOM001C

Communicate in the workplace

add topic PUACOM003B

Manage information

add topic PUACOM005B

Foster a positive organisational image in the community

add topic PUAMAN002B

Administer work group resources

add topic PUAOPE015A

Conduct briefings and debriefings


Elective Units

Group A

add topic PUATEA003B

Lead, manage and develop teams

add topic BSBWOR402A

Promote team effectiveness


Elective Units

Group B

add topic PUAAMS007B

Coordinate search and rescue operations

add topic PUACOM002B

Provide services to clients

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

add topic PUAEMR008B

Contribute to an emergency risk management process


Treat operational risk

PUAEMR027 Assess operational risk


Plan and implement a treatment measure


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 PUAMAN007B

Manage financial resources

add topic PUAMAN008B

Manage physical resources

add topic PUAPRO001B

Promote a learning environment in the workplace

add topic PUASES010A

Plan, activate and maintain a communications network

add topic PUAOPE013A Operate communications systems and equipment

add topic PUASES012A

Work as a team member in an emergency operations centre

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*:

add topic TAEASS401B *

Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS301B *

Contribute to assessment


add topic TAEASS402B *

Assess competence

add topic TAEASS403B *

Participate in assessment validation


    Not applicable.

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 PUA41012 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership) 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


advise and involve the community in public safety activities, presentations at community group gatherings, special interest forums, other organisation forums, community events and festivals

explain and promote the organisation's activities

participate in conferences

represent the organisation's position on particular issues in a way which acknowledges community concerns and promotes community awareness

write reports


allocate resources, which may include considering urgency, cost effectiveness, accessibility, maintenance demands, availability and deployment time

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

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

gather and disseminate information to appropriate personnel within the specified timeframe

Problem solving

allocate resources to facilitate required outcomes

analyse feedback and cooperation with community groups

analyse, which may include problem solving

brief and debrief content and format, which may include problem based approaches

provide advice that takes into account type of risk, locality, and protection of life, property and the environment

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

Initiative and enterprise

identify and act upon briefing and debriefing follow-up actions in a timely manner

prepare plans to obtain information which is not available or accessible within the organisation

report the results of information gathering, analysis and synthesis so they can be input to policy development and organisation's decision making

select an appropriate location for the brief/debrief

Planning and organising

conduct inspections to provide for relevant information for pre-incident planning

evaluate resource usage against targets and organisational standards

gather, analyse, synthesise and report information within specified timeframes and to the standard defined by the organisation

monitor resource usage

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

report the results of information gathering, analysis and synthesis so they can be input to policy development and organisation's decision making

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


analyse needs

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

provide leadership to individuals and teams

voice personal view to the review process


learn about legislative requirements relevant to emergency management

learn about organisation's policies

learn about organisation's procedures for activity debriefing

learn about practices and training processes in relation to activity

learn about reporting procedures of the organisation

learn about techniques for the prioritisation and evaluation of public safety risk management systems

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

support and participate in development activities


ensure that computer-based tools are used to produce resource reports

use basic statistical information

use communication channels

use information technology effectively

use management information systems that may include computers

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

use market trends

use records management systems, registries and file records