This unit describes the skills required to manage Defence training areas and ranges. Defence training areas and ranges are areas prescribed for the conduct of Defence activities and exercises. Their management is a process requiring a range of functions including the management of the activities being conducted on these training areas and ranges, the security of facilities and personnel, the investigation of incidents and accidents, and the maintenance and upgrading of the facilities.
This unit was developed for Defence personnel who work in range management and range control but may be relevant to others who work in this field.
The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.
Those undertaking this unit would work independently or as part of a team, under direct and indirect supervision, while performing complex tasks in a moderate range of familiar contexts. They would use discretion and judgement and take responsibility for the quality of their outputs.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to unit at the time of publication.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions section.
1. Manage training area and range activities
1.1 Identify the responsibilities associated with the management of training area and range activities.
1.2 Identify and implement plans and instructions for the efficient operation of the training area/range.
1.3 Identify resources and report shortfalls.
1.4 Identify stakeholders and forward relevant information to them.
1.5 Control and coordinate training area and range activities to ensure safe and sustainable operations.
2. Manage training area and range security
2.1 Identify security processes, procedures and plans.
2.2 Promulgate, monitor and adjust access, egress and circulate changes.
2.3 Identify and report unauthorised access and security breaches.
3. Facilitate investigations
3.1 Identify and report incidents and accidents.
3.2 Conduct investigations.
3.3 Implement recommendations for changes to policy and procedures resulting from investigations.
4. Monitor and maintain training area and range facilities
4.1 Monitor training area and range facilities.
4.2 Identify and report maintenance requirements.
4.3 Identify and report facility improvements and upgrades.
Evidence of Performance
Evidence required to demonstrate competence must satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria. If not otherwise specified the candidate must demonstrate evidence of performance of the following on at least one occasion.
accessing interpreting and applying Range Standing Orders and other instructions and policy
liaising and negotiating
developing, implementing and modifying plans
directing and controlling all aspects of range management
exercising Defence regulations relevant to Defence practice areas
exercising tact and judgement in a command and control environment
interpreting and applying technical information
reading and understanding technical specifications, maps, diagrams, traces
representing mathematical ideas in appropriate format
solving problems and making decisions
managing training area and range security
monitoring and maintaining training areas and ranges
Evidence of Knowledge
Evidence required to demonstrate competence must satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria. If not otherwise specified the depth of knowledge demonstrated must be appropriate to the job context of the candidate.
communications equipment and systems
composition of teams and roles and responsibilities of team members
Defence practice areas (DPA) â€“ areas of land, sea or air declared for the purpose of conducting Defence operations or practices under Defence Force Regulations (DFR) Part XI, by the Minister for Defence and notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette
local alert and warning systems
locally available resources, their capabilities and access to them
nature of local hazards and plans, including effects on the provision of communications
principles of risk assessment and risk management
range danger area traces
Range Standing Orders, instructions, clearance certificates and standard operating procedures (SOP) relevant policies, publications, legislation and regulations
team work principles and strategies
Competency should be assessed in an actual workplace or in a simulated environment, with access to equipment and infrastructure appropriate to the outcome. Competency should be demonstrated over time to ensure the candidate is assessed across a variety of situations.
Assessors must satisfy the NVR/AQTF mandatory competency requirements for assessors.
The foundation skills demands of this unit have been mapped for alignment with the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). The following tables outline the performance levels indicated for successful attainment of the unit.
ACSF levels indicative of performance:
Further information on ACSF and the foundation skills underpinning this unit can be found in the Foundation Skills Guide on the GSA website.