- LGAREGS305A - Undertake animal or reptile control duties
Undertake animal or reptile control duties
This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in councils of varying size and locations. Knowledge of the legislation and regulations within which councils must operate is essential. The role of councils, as the third tier of government, in managing the application of a broad range of by-laws and regulations must be appropriately reflected.
Elements and Performance Criteria
1 Capture animals or reptiles
1.1 Response to request for assistance is timely and efficient use of resources is observed.
1.2 Traffic control precautions are used and access to incident site is controlled to ensure safety of public.
1.3 Safe and humane methods of handling animals or reptiles are observed.
1.4 Where appropriate, animals or reptiles are disposed of in accordance with legislative and council requirements and relevant statutes.
2 Assess transport or care needs
2.1 Transport or intermediate care is provided according to protocols or legislation.
2.2 Containment and loading are secure and safe.
2.3 Temporary holding facilities are arranged or negotiated with landowners where necessary.
3 Impound animals or reptiles
3.1 Impounding decision is consistent with legislative and council requirements.
3.2 Ownership of animals is determined using council records or stock brands.
3.3 Advisory/penalty notices are issued according to council regulations.
4 Monitor or care for animals or reptiles
4.1 Feeding and handling of animals during care is undertaken in accordance with pound procedures and legislative and council requirements.
4.2 Safe work practices, procedures and environmental conditions are observed during handling, monitoring and care duties.
5 Release animals or reptiles to owners/carers or return to environment
5.1 Decision to release or restore animal to environment is in accordance with relevant legislation and procedures.
5.2 Auction of unclaimed stock is performed according to council procedures.
5.3 Recovery of costs and revenue is assessed and enforced according to relevant legislation and procedures.
6 Report on animals or reptiles that are captured, impounded or disposed of
6.1 Reports containing accurate information drawn from council registers are forwarded to relevant officers or authorities.
This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit
video, voice recorders and radio communication
preparing and issuing instructions and/or explanations to the public
reporting to council
animal and reptile behaviour
applicable impounding techniques
animal and reptile handling and disabling techniques
animal and reptile dietary and impounding needs
routine medicinal, chemical and dipping application
animal health treatment
humane disposal techniques
safe and effective use of firearms
local area geography
urban and rural navigation
traffic control licensing requirements and direction
Overview of assessment requirements
A person who demonstrates competency in this unit will be able to perform the outcomes described in the Elements to the required performance level detailed in the Performance Criteria. The knowledge and skill requirements described in the Range Statement must also be demonstrated. For example, knowledge of the legislative framework and safe work practices that underpin the performance of the unit are also required to be demonstrated.
Critical aspects of evidence to be considered
Impounding techniques used are appropriate to animal or reptile species and the condition of the animal or reptile.
Assessments of animal or reptile health and condition, and the appropriate disposal of animals or reptiles, are in accordance with council policies and procedures.
Traffic control is in accordance with relevant licensing requirements.
Use of firearms is in accordance with relevant licensing requirements.
Notices are served in accordance with council regulations.
Safe work practices and concern for public safety are displayed by care and control staff.
Context of assessment
On the job or in a simulated work environment.
Written or oral testing.
Method of assessment
The following assessment methods are suggested:
observation of the learner performing a range of workplace tasks over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies
written and/or oral questioning to assess knowledge and understanding
completion of workplace documentation
third-party reports from experienced practitioners
completion of self-paced learning materials including personal reflection and feedback from trainer, coach or supervisor
Evidence required for demonstration of consistent performance
Competency in duties may be displayed with domestic animals, livestock, wildlife or reptiles.
Access to a workplace or simulated environment that encompasses impounding processes, techniques and equipment.
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.
Animals or reptiles may include:
Capture or control may include:
poles and ropes
loading and yarding
health, condition and behaviour of animal or reptile from observation or reports
supervision of, or communication to, other staff or agency personnel
disposal of deceased animals or reptiles
Transport may include:
dedicated or contracted transport
appropriate for care and human safety.
Ownership issues may include:
verification of claims to ownership by such things as tags or microchips
recovery of costs relating to transport, sustenance and penalties
This unit contains employability skills.