Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue - Management)

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12 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

6 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 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 elective 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

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Manage search and rescue operations


Treat operational risk

PUAEMR027 Assess operational risk

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Manage human resources

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Control multi-agency emergency situations

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Manage intelligence information processes

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Lead, manage and develop teams


Elective Units

Group A

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Navigate to an incident

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Plan and navigate an offshore passage within the limits of responsibility of a Master 5

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Prepare and present geographic information systems data


Elective Units

Group B

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Manage media requirements at major incident

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Liaise with media at a local level


Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises


Design emergency management exercises

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Represent the organisation in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting

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Manage the organisations public safety responsibilities

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Manage and facilitate change

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Implement and monitor the organisations occupational health and safety policies and programs

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Command agency personnel within a multi-agency emergency response

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Conduct briefings and debriefings

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Manage a multi-team sector

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Contribute to policy formulation and revision

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Show leadership in the workplace


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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 PUA60612 Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue - Management) 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


ensure the content of a report is accurate and written in a concise and logical manner in accordance with organisational requirements

have knowledge of the communications systems available within the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC)

identify communications systems as appropriate to the situation and strategy

manage control systems ensuring human, physical, fiscal and communication systems are identified, allocated and deployed in accordance with the control structure

manage records to ensure quality and attention to detail in accordance with policies and procedures

prepare briefings, which may include providing information to team members; members of the public; external search and rescue authorities; manager operations; Australian Maritime Safety Authority public relations personnel; media

provide briefings to the appropriate people in accordance with operational procedures

use effective communication and consultation with a range of individuals by a range of means including fax; write reports


allocate tasks to team members commensurate with their roles in the team and level of competence

brief team members on their roles and responsibilities and of the way the team will operate

ensure that goals are unambiguous and take into account the capabilities of people and teams

inform team members of the scenario and strategy, determined from outcome of review of all information and resource requirements

receive feedback from team members and relay this to others in accordance with operational policies and procedures

understand occupational health and safety requirements

understand team members' capabilities

use knowledge of coaching and team building concepts

use problem solving skills for a defined range of problems

Problem solving

analyse staffing levels which clearly demonstrate returns to the organisation

establish problem solving/issue resolution procedures within legislative requirements and organisation's guidelines

evaluate and review strategy as determined by the input of all information and review of available resources

monitor resources to determine changing requirements in accordance with operational procedures

use problem solving skills for a defined range of problems

Initiative and enterprise

create a workplace environment which facilitates training, education and development

develop contingency plans for staffing which meet key provisions of the human resources plan

provide guidance to and seek support from authorities and agencies in accordance with requirement

recognise and encourage initiative and innovation

Planning and organising

compare calculated level of risk to the established risk evaluation criteria and as determined to be acceptable or unacceptable in consultation with the supervisor

compare existing competencies of staff with the needs of the work group

determine and review human resource needs within the anticipated operational needs and allocated budget

develop search and rescue strategy based on all information available

ensure that the total performance development system identifies and proposes strategies to rectify performance shortfalls and recognise success

establish control in accordance with designated responsibility/authority

identify required resources in accordance with the strategy based on all available information

identify search and rescue parameters based on information available


apply knowledge of current principles and practices to conduct an activity which exercises elements of public safety management

apply knowledge and understanding of occupational health and safety requirements

demonstrate consistency between instructions and action in self and others

develop search and rescue strategies based on information available

display personal and professional integrity in working relationships

follow instructions/directives and reporting information

voice personal view to the review process


contribute effectively with coaching and mentoring to the training, education and development of personnel in an environment of change

learn about the communications systems available within the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC)

learn about the technical maintenance state of search and rescue resources

learn about training and education principles; training need analysis; training, education and development plans as included as part of individual/team performance plans

participate in individual/team training, education and development opportunities


designate appropriate modes and channels of communication, radio communications, data transfer, telecommunications

operate databases

use a range of information technology devices including computers, radio frequency devices, electronic data exchange systems etc.

use communication systems, which may involve designation of appropriate modes and channels of communication

use specialist search and rescue information systems, which may include communications systems; COSPAS-SARSAT and similar satellite systems; the Australian Ship Reporting System (AUSREP); the Great Barrier Reef Reporting (REEFREP) and similar systems