Conduct comprehensive inspection of park facilities


This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to conduct a compliance audit of park or recreational facilities to identify non-conformities with Australian Standards, legislative and work health and safety requirements, as well as manufacturers' standards.

It applies to individuals who analyse information and exercise judgement to complete a range of advanced skilled activities and demonstrate deep knowledge in a specific technical area. They have accountability for the work of others and analyse, design and communicate solutions to a range of complex problems. All work is carried out to comply with workplace procedures.

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

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Prepare for comprehensive inspection of park facilities

1.1 Determine the specific facilities and equipment to be inspected as well as the purpose of the inspection as outlined in the operational request

1.2 Identify the tools and equipment for testing and inspection and confirm availability with appropriate personnel

1.3 Carry out pre-operational and safety checks on tools and equipment

1.4 Prepare appropriate checklists and reporting formats to suit the activity

1.5 Identify the types of facilities from checklist descriptions

2. Undertake comprehensive inspection of park facilities

2.1 Identify and record instances of non-conformity with Australian Standards, work health and safety guidelines and manufacturers’ standards

2.2 Undertake inspections for structural integrity in an efficient and safe manner, according to enterprise policy.

2.3 Identify and detail safety risks and hazards and situations.

2.4 Ensure that checklist entries are concise and accurate.

2.5 Undertaken inspections according to OHS requirements.

3. Assess age and predict effective lifespan of existing park facilities

3.1 Identify the manufacturer of playground equipment and structures through reference to original plans and specifications

3.2 Determine and record the age and future lifespan of park facilities

3.3 Estimate and record the cost of repair or replacement of park facilities

4. Submit report and recommendations

4.1 Address situations requiring urgent action

4.2 Prepare concise and accurate reports and submit to management

4.3 Review existing management systems, particularly regarding frequency of inspection, and make improvements in consultation with management

4.4 Make recommendations for future action that are consistent with industry standards and best practice

4.5 Submit collected data and information for inclusion on the asset management system

Evidence of Performance

The candidate must be assessed on their ability to integrate and apply the performance requirements of this unit in a workplace setting.

The candidate must provide evidence that they can:

prepare for a comprehensive inspection of park facilities

carry out a comprehensive inspection of park facilities

interpret design symbols and terminology

interpret standards, specifications and legal requirements

determine age and calculate effective lifespan of existing park facilities

estimate costs of repair or replacement

Evidence of Knowledge

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of:

principles and practices of park facility inspection

different modes of non-conformity that may be identified in relation to specific park facilities and equipment

hazard identification, assessment and control

information management systems such as AS4456

hazards associated with conducting a comprehensive inspection of park facilities and equipment, and the controls necessary to remove or minimise associated risks

park facilities and equipment including installation methods, intended use, intended users and safety parameters

practical understanding of inspection and auditing procedures and techniques, and legal and enterprise reporting requirements for recommendations on maintenance, repair and replacement of park facilities

practical understanding of the terminology used to describe different components of park facilities and equipment

relevant national industry standards such as AS486.1, AS4422, AS1924.1 and AS1924.2)

work health and safety legislative requirements and Codes of Practice

Assessment Conditions

Assessors must satisfy current standards for RTOs.

Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range Statement


Parks and gardens (PGD)