Establish and operate an explosive ordnance field storage site

This unit covers the competency required to establish and operate an explosive ordnance field storage site. It does not cover the planning of the site.


This competency applies to the individual who is required to establish and operate an explosive ordnance field storage site to support an operational or training deployment.

The unit requires the individual to establish the site maintaining all explosive safety and work health and safety (WHS) requirements, to operate the site in support of the organisation and to maintain all relevant documentation.


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Establish an explosive ordnance field storage site

1.1 Applicable legislative, WH&S and organisationalrequirements relevant to the storage of explosive ordnance in a field environment, are verified and complied with throughout work activity

1.2 Explosive ordnance field storage site layout is confirmed and established in accordance with the plan and organisational requirements

1.3 Safety requirements are identified and applied in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements

1.4 Security requirements are identified and applied in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements

2. Operate an explosive ordnance field storage site

2.1 Explosive ordnance is issued and received in accordance with demand and organisational requirements

2.2 Consumption rates are monitored and reported in accordance with organisational requirements

2.3 Forecasts are identified and reported in accordance with organisational requirements

2.4 Net explosive quantities and compatibility are identified, calculated, analysed and applied throughout the operation

2.5 Lifing policies are confirmed and applied

3. Maintain documentation

3.1 Explosive ordnance reclassification messages are actioned in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements

3.2 Explosive ordnance records are maintained in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills

analyse and evaluate information

apply emergency procedures

apply safety procedures

apply security procedures

calculate and apply net explosive quantity

identify and apply compatibility

prepare and present reports

review literature

use appropriate information technology and software

Required Knowledge

analysis process

application of explosive ordinance lifing policy, instructions and procedures

application of licensing requirements for field storage

application of quantity distances for field storage

codes of practice


explosive ordnance field storage principles

explosive ordnance reclassification message procedures

licensing requirements

lifing requirements

net explosive quantity

organisational guidelines and standards

regulatory requirements

relevant legislation

Restricted -in-Use, Local and General Red Card and Black List procedures

security procedures

workplace safety in regard to storage of explosive ordnance

written communication to a level required in the preparation of reports

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

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

Assessment must confirm the ability to:

establish an explosive ordnance field storage site

operate that site

maintain the relevant records

Consistency in performance

Competency should be demonstrated over time in a variety of field environments or in simulated environments.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Context of assessment

Competency should be assessed in an actual or simulated activity.

Specific resources for assessment

Access is required to:

explosive ordnance

field storage areas

Method of assessment

This unit may be assessed with the following unit:

DEFEO101D Work safely with explosive ordnance.

In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.

Assessment is completed using appropriately qualified assessors who select the most appropriate method of assessment.

Assessment may occur in an operational environment or in an industry-approved simulated work environment. Forms of assessment that are typically used include:

direct observation

interviewing the candidate

journals and workplace documentation

third party reports from supervisors

written or oral questions

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 in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Legislative requirements may include:

Australian Standards

Duty of care


Explosive and dangerous goods codes

Legislation from all levels of government that affect organisational operations

Relevant industry codes of practice

WHS requirements may include:

Commonwealth, state/territory legislation and regulations, organisational safety policies and procedures

Firefighting organisation and equipment

First aid equipment

Hazard and risk control and elimination

Manual handling including lifting and carrying

Systems covering hazardous materials and substances

Use of personal protective equipment and clothing

Organisational requirements may include:

Environmental management

Equipment use, maintenance and storage

Ethical standards

Legal, organisational and site guidelines, policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility

Operational requirements



Quality assurance

Quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

Recording and reporting

Explosive ordnance includes:

All munitions containing explosives, nuclear fission or fusion materials and biological and chemical agents such as bombs and warheads; guided and ballistic missiles; artillery, mortar, rocket and small arms ammunition; all mines, torpedoes and depth charges; demolition charges; pyrotechnics; clusters and dispensers; cartridge and propellant actuated devices; electro explosive devices; clandestine and other improvised explosive devices; and all similar or related items or components explosive in nature

Safety requirements may include:

Appropriate fire protection

Appropriate lightening and other weather protection

Field storage principles

Licensing requirements

Quantity distances

Segregation rules

Security requirements may include:

Barbed wire enclosures

Check points





Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.