Certificate IV in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Leadership)

Not applicable.


11 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

5 core units

6 elective units

Choose a minimum of 4 elective units from the Group A and/or B lists below.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the Group A and/or B lists below or elsewhere within this training package or another endorsed training package or accredited course.

Only 1 unit may be chosen from the Group A elective list.

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.


Core Units

add topic PUAMAN002B

Administer workgroup resources

add topic PUAOPE015A

Conduct briefings/debriefings

add topic AHCBIO501A

Manage active operational emergency disease or plant pest sites

add topic PSPGOV417A

Identify and treat risks

add topic TLIG3002A

Lead a work team or group


Elective Units

Group A

add topic PUAOHS003B

Implement and monitor the organisations OH&S policies, procedures and programs

add topic AHCOHS401A

Maintain occupational health and safety (OHS) processes


Elective Units

Group B

add topic PUACOM006B

Plan and conduct a public awareness campaign

add topic PUAEMR014A

Deliver recovery services

add topic PUAOPE007B

Command agency personnel within a multi agency emergency response

add topic PUAOPE012A

Control a level 1 incident

add topic PUAOPE016A

Manage a multi-team sector

add topic PUAOPE021A

Manage information function at an incident

add topic PUAOPE022A

Manage logistics for a Level 2 incident

add topic PUAOPE023A

Manage operations for a Level 2 incident

add topic PUAOPE025A

Manage planning for a Level 2 incident

add topic AHCBIO401A

Supervise activities on infected premises

add topic AHCPMG601A

Develop a plant pest survey strategy

add topic AHCPMG602A

Develop a plant pest destruction strategy

add topic BSBWOR403A

Manage stress in the workplace


    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 a leadership role in biosecurity response; either in a field or operations centre role.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving the PUA42912 Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Leadership), candidates may undertake a range of qualifications relevant to their role, such as:

    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 PUA42912 Certificate IV in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response 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.

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 Skills

Employability Skills Statements


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

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 organisation

conduct inspections to provide for relevant information for preincident 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 computerbased 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