Survey and report on Aboriginal cultural sites

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCASW501, 'Survey and report on Aboriginal cultural sites'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

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

1. Identify, communicate and consult with key stakeholders

1.1 Work with cultural authorities to identify appropriate persons within Communities who hold cultural knowledge relevant to determining the cultural significance of Aboriginal places and heritage

1.2 Develop and implement communication and consultation systems that place Aboriginal cultural protocols and values at the forefront and accommodate stakeholder concerns and interests

1.3 Confirm traditional ownership of Aboriginal sites, cultural material, and objects

1.4 Ensure approval and permissions are obtained from relevant Traditional Owners and Cultural managers for work to be carried out and for access to the Aboriginal site for the specific persons who will conduct work

1.5 Complete any necessary submissions for conducting Aboriginal cultural sites surveys

1.6 Develop working relationships with key stakeholders that assist in the management of culturally significant places

1.7 Scope and document client needs for deliverables required in a formal sites survey report

1.8 Manage planning and assessment processes, ensuring they are in accordance with the Burra Charter process and other existing industry guidelines and legislation

2. Manage collection of initial site data

2.1 Source and verify site plans and maps including topographical maps

2.2 Identify and acquire required resources

2.3 Prepare a base plan of the site

2.4 Undertake site orientation and define and verify location, geographic and operational boundaries

2.5 Identify and record current land use and environmental problems and threats

2.6 Identify and record covenants that could affect the site or report

2.7 Ascertain climate and weather conditions from historical data

3. Compile a site inventory

3.1 Categorise and record site context, location and site information data

3.2 Categorise and record features data

3.3 Identify and record cultural material, objects, properties and relevant physical characteristics on site inventory according to archaeological or scientific protocols

3.4 Undertake relevant field research in accordance with safe work policies and procedures

3.5 Implement appropriate techniques and tools and relevant archaeological practices and procedures

3.6 Locate structural elements and confirm existing services and facilities

3.7 Record the presence, location and/or extent of other relevant site constraints

3.8 Develop limits of acceptable change in the forms of deterioration and damage to the places of cultural significance to legislative and enterprise requirements

4. Review, assess and record the site data

4.1 Engage relevant expertise and consultant services when required

4.2 Conduct an assessment of cultural significance

4.3 Document a statement of cultural significance

5. Determine the impact of threats to the site

5.1 Identify threats to culturally significant places, both external and internal to the area under consideration

5.2 Undertake a risk assessment of all threats to determine potential impact on sites and associated cultural landscape

5.3 Develop and implement risk management strategies and protection/conservation measures to control risks

5.4 Develop and document a risk management report that incorporates an impact analysis

5.5 Document policy changes required to address the threats

6. Document a site survey report

6.1 Document site information into a site assessment report or site survey report

6.2 Incorporate all relevant data from the site assessment into assessment report in line with client needs and the requirements of relevant legislation and regulations

6.3 Provide and record specific recommendations for remedial action of site conservation and mitigation of site problems

6.4 Formulate and document recommendations for appropriate risk controls of site hazards

6.5 Store and maintain survey and assessment data as part of professional practice

6.6 Inform and advise client-stakeholder of the content and implications of the report and present a copy