Diploma of Public Safety (Defence Public Affairs)

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Qualification Requirement: 14 units

All 10 core units plus 4 elective units

The elective units may be taken from the elective units listed below, or may include 2 units 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 PUACOM009B

Manage media requirements at a major incident

add topic PUATEA002B

Work autonomously

add topic BSBADV507A

Develop a media plan

add topic BSBFLM501B

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic BSBFLM502A

Provide leadership in the workplace

add topic BSBFLM506A

Manage workplace information systems

add topic BSBMGT601A

Contribute to strategic direction

add topic BSBMGT602A

Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic plans


Develop, implement and promote effective communication techniques

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Provide on-site event management services


Elective Units

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Manage meetings

add topic BSBADM503A

Plan and manage conferences

add topic BSBFLM404A

Lead work teams

add topic BSBMGT503A

Prepare budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBMGT605A

Provide leadership across the organisation

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic CUSADM04A

Manage a major project

add topic CUSADM07A

Establish and maintain work and contractual relationships

add topic TAADEL301C

Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills


BSB units have been imported from the BSB01 Business Services Training Package.

CHC units have been imported from the CHC02 Community Services Training Package.

CUS units have been imported from the CUS01 Music Training Package.

TAA units have been imported from the TAA04 Training and Assessment Training Package.

THT units have been imported from the THT02 Tourism Training Package.

Information about customising PUA00 Public Safety Training Package qualifications is on page 12.


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for PUA51206 Diploma of Public Safety (Defence Public Affairs)

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA51206 Diploma of Public Safety (Defence Public Affairs) 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 facts in a fluent, clear and interesting manner

complete all required documentation

conduct operational debriefs

conduct press conferences and group interviews

ensure instructions and directions are communicated to team members clearly and unambiguously

ensure organisational protocols are followed when liaising with the media

liaise with media and other organisation personnel

maintain communication with the team leader and provide supervisor with feedback and constructive advice

provide attention to detail

recognise, discuss and deal with team members' concerns and queries

refer to supervisor any issues that cannot be rectified or addressed

represent issues to management

retain professionalism under duress

show empathy with victims and operational personnel

understand and implement instructions and directions

understand current media liaison practices

understand legal and organisation requirements relating to confidentiality, libel, accuracy and discrimination

understand the requirements of different media (newspapers, magazines, radio, television) and the requirements of local vs regional vs national media

understand the role of media in disseminating information

undertake public speaking and media presentations

undertake informal performance counselling and provide feedback on performance


act as a team leader

allocate duties, rosters and responsibilities to team members

encourage team members

mentor and coach team members

maintain the safety of others

monitor the performance of others and take appropriate action through coaching and mentoring

set goals, identify tasks and present to team members

undertake team building

Problem solving

analyse and solve problems

deal with incidents where the media has become involved

take action to correct inappropriate behaviour

Initiative and enterprise

manage media to ensure the integrity of information being disseminated

translate media research and analysis into clear advice to stakeholders

Planning and organising

change the media strategy at any time to suit operational demands and level of incident

ensure media personnel and VIPs are provided with occupational health and safety clothing where appropriate

promote the work and achievements of organisation, volunteer and other organisation personnel at incident throughout the incident to assist in maintaining morale and public profile

schedule and plan information briefing sessions and tours to appropriate times in line with operational responsibilities and media requirements

use the media plan to form the media strategy


accept responsibilities

act independently

ensure own demeanour and presentation reflects the professional standards of the organisation and support for victims and others affected by the incident

ensure own level of authority is recognised and adhered to

ensure personal safety and safety of others is maintained

ensure that the individual decision making process is conducted in accordance with standard procedures

monitor individual performance against defined performance requirements and ensure appropriate action is taken to maintain performance

provide feedback on own performance

set performance requirements


deal with diverse groups and strategies for undertaking public speaking

develop an understanding of media requirements


use appropriate information technology and software