Plan a Carbon Farming Initiative savannah burning, feral animal or rangelands project

This unit covers the process of managing the design planning and costing of a Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) project using a methodology approved under the CFI for avoiding emissions from savannah burning or feral animals or a project for avoiding emissions or sequestering carbon in the rangelands.


The unit applies to those who wish to manage the implementation of or provide advice on implementing a CFI savannah burning, feral animal or rangelands project.

Application of this unit must cover the skills and knowledge to plan for savannah burning and feral animal and rangelands projects as approved CFI methodologies for them become available.

Note that the ‘advice’ referred to in this unit does not relate to financial advice which requires an Australian financial services license. This unit does not address the skills or the generic knowledge requirements in "ASIC Regulatory Guide 146: Training of Financial Product Advisors".



Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Manage the project design process

1.1 Areas of expertise and specialist services required to carry out the project are identified

1.2 A design brief is prepared

1.3 Project design and contract arrangements are agreed

1.4 Site elements and features that impact on project design and establishment are assessed

1.5 The impact of project location on the type of carbon credits generated, where relevant, is ascertained

1.6 The impact of differing crediting and reporting periods on project planning and implementation is assessed

1.7 A design is prepared that describes the detailed features, specifications and approach of the project

1.8 The design is checked for compliance with the relevant approved methodology and CFI requirements and agreed with the stakeholder

2. Carry out preliminary planning activities

2.1 The responsibilities of owning and managing a CFI project are identified

2.2 Project design and contract requirements are confirmed

2.3 The availability and quantity of materials and resources listed in the project specifications are verified

2.4 The availability of personnel with appropriate expertise to assist with or undertake project work is confirmed

3. Prepare a project plan

3.1 Resources, tools, labour and equipment required for project implementation are identified

3.2 Project risks are assessed and controls are established

3.3 A project plan outlining allocation of resources, work tasks and timing is prepared

3.4 Interdependencies, seasonal factors and impacts are identified and incorporated in the staging strategy

4. Cost implementation works

4.1 Current prices for project resources, tools, labour and equipment required for project implementation are obtained

4.2 Unit and total cost for each resource item is calculated

4.3 Total project costs are accurately calculated and documented

4.4 Adjustments are made where required to reconcile costs with project budget

4.5 The costed plan is agreed with the project proponent

4.6 The costed plan is checked with the relevant auditor to ensure that the methods proposed in applying the methodology will meet audit requirements

Required Skills

Required skills

communication skills to:

determine and confirm client requirements using questioning and active listening as required

negotiate financial service transactions with clients

liaise with others, share information, listen and understand

literacy skills to:

read and interpret documentation from a variety of sources

analyse information to ensure currency, accuracy and appropriateness to client needs

complete documentation accurately

research and analytical skills to access, interpret and manage complex information

numeracy and IT skills to:

interpret financial information and calculate client costs

use the internet to research information

use a geographic information system to interpret fire mapping products

use a spreadsheet to calculate annual emissions from fire on a project

drive an automated savannah burning methodology tool

information management skills to capture and record key project information

interpersonal skills to:

establish rapport with clients

liaise with other team members and specialists

establish networks with relevant technical experts

judgement skills to:

apply ethical principles to decision making in the advisory process

form suitable recommendations when advising

self-management skills to comply with ethical, legal and procedural requirements

organising and time-management skills to:

sequence tasks

meet timelines and deliver agreed outcomes

arrange meetings

leadership skills to:

build an effective project team

lead the team in the implementation of the project

anticipate, plan and organise required materials and resources

Required knowledge

Knowledge of:

Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 and regulations, particularly provisions relevant to project planning and implementation, and including relevant eligible activities on the positive list

any regulatory guidance included on the Clean Energy Regulator website for the relevant methodologies

details of relevant approved CFI savanna burning, feral animal and rangelands methodologies including eligibility requirements, project area requirements, net abatement calculation requirements, monitoring, reporting and auditing requirements and further information sources

dealing with multiple land interest holders (e.g. Indigenous groups, pastoralists and the Crown)

carbon rights protocols for exclusive and non exclusive native title holders

consent rights for native title, Crown land and mining leases

funding arrangements for assisting Indigenous communities in establishing or participating in carbon farming projects

sources of culturally relevant materials and verbal information

history, cultural protocols and perspectives of indigenous stakeholders in the area

current relationships between culturally diverse groups in the area

current pricing and options for project resources, tools, equipment and contractors

formats for organising and presenting financial, qualitative and quantitative information

public liability and legal responsibilities

personal and professional liability

duty of care

managing environmental risk

workplace health and safety

carbon accounting in the land sector, including:

Australia's national carbon accounting framework

need for consistency of abatement calculations under the CFI with methods in the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting determination and the National Inventory Report

requirements for measuring emissions from land-based sources relevant to the methodologies

For savannah burning methodologies

detailed understanding about fire behaviour in the landscapes covered by the savanna burning methodology, including how to obtain and understand the fire history of the site, the effects of burning the site at various times of the year, the effects of burning the site’s various vegetation communities, the effects of burning the site at different times of the day

how to plan and implement a large scale program of strategic fire management

Geographic Information System operation, including how to operate the North Australian Fire Information website (www.firenorth.org.au)

and experience in fire prevention, precautions, control and management in rural situations as applied in district Rural Fire services

community building and coordination in the management of implementation of fire burning projects affecting nearby towns, part time farmers, conservationists and local authorities

remote sensing

mapping requirements including vegetation maps, monthly fire maps and seasonal fire maps

vegetation classes, characteristic species and substrates

geographic information systems (GIS)

automated savannah burning methodology tool (once it has been developed in mid 2013)

For feral animal methodologies

aerial survey and data recording

geographic information systems (GIS)

relevant animal welfare standards

feral animal population dynamics and ecology in the project area

relevant licences, permits and legislation regarding feral animal control

population dynamics and ecology for the relevant feral animals in the project area

For rangelands methodologies, geographic information systems (GIS)

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the ability to:

manage the project design process

plan the implementation of a savannah burning, feral animal or rangelands project

prepare a project plan

identify resources for a program of works

cost implementation of the project

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must be undertaken in the context of the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Assessment resources must be developed to determine the candidate’s depth and breadth of knowledge of approved savannah burning, feral animal and rangelands methodologies and the knowledge required to plan their implementation, as well as their ability to provide accurate and up-to-date information to others in a professional manner.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

observing processes and procedures in workplaces

oral or written questioning on required knowledge and skills

evaluating workplace documents and samples of work

simulated projects, scenarios or case studies

obtaining and validating third party references and reports

Guidance information for assessment

Assessment with other units relevant to the job role is recommended.

The unit of competency can be assessed in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Seasonal factors and impacts include:

material handling

rainfall requirements

machinery use

fire hazards

growing conditions

establishment period

Design brief includes:

a brief that outlines project objectives, outcomes, scope, constraints and assumptions, dependencies, design options and preferred option, business case, success indicators, project approach and governance arrangements (including compliance requirements with the standards of the applicable auditor)

Positive list includes:

a register, contained in the CFI regulations, of abatement activities, that are eligible to earn carbon credits under the CFI


Carbon farming.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.