Survey and report on Aboriginal cultural sites

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
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 AHCASW501A, '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



1. Identify, communicate and consult with key stakeholders

1.1 The identification by cultural authorities of appropriate persons within communities who hold cultural knowledge relevant to determining the cultural significance of Aboriginal places and heritage is applied

1.2 Communication and consultation methodologies that place Aboriginal cultural protocols and values at the forefront and accommodate stakeholder concerns and interests are developed and implemented

1.3 Traditional ownership of Aboriginal sites, cultural material, and objects is confirmed

1.4 Approval is 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 Working relationships with key stakeholders that assist in the management of culturally significant places are developed

1.6 Client needs for deliverables required in a formal Sites survey report are scoped and documented

1.7 Research on the Burra Charter process and on other existing industry guidelines to ensure proper processes are planned for is undertaken and applied to assessment processes

2. Collect initial site data

2.1 Site plans and maps are sourced and verified including topographical maps

2.2 Required resources are identified and acquired

2.3 A base plan of the site is prepared

2.4 Site orientation is undertaken and location, geographic and operational boundaries are defined and verified

2.5 Current land use and environmental problems and threats are identified and recorded

2.6 Covenants that could affect the site or report are identified and recorded

2.7 Climate and weather conditions are ascertained from historical data

3. Compile a site inventory

3.1 Site context, location and site informationdata is categorised and recorded accurately

3.2 Features data is categorised and recorded accurately

3.3 Cultural material, objects, properties and relevant physical characteristics are identified and recorded on site inventory

3.4 Relevant field research is undertaken

3.5 Appropriate techniques and tools and relevant archaeological practices and procedures are implemented

3.6 Structural elements are located and existing services and facilities confirmed

3.7 The presence, location and/or extent of other relevant site constraints are recorded

3.8 Limits of acceptable change in the forms of deterioration and damage to the places of cultural significance are developed to legislative and enterprise requirements

4. Review, assess and record the site data

4.1 Engagement of relevant expertise and consultant services are obtained when required

4.2 An assessment of cultural significance is conducted

4.3 A statement of cultural significance is documented

5. Determine the impact of threats to the site

5.1 Threats to culturally significant places, both external and internal to the area under consideration, are identified

5.2 A risk assessment of all threats to determine potential impact on sites and associated cultural landscape is undertaken

5.3 Risk management strategies and protection/conservation measures to control risks are developed and implemented

5.4 A risk management report that incorporates an impact analysis is developed and documented

5.5 Policy changes required to address the threats are documented to enterprise requirements

6. Document a site survey report

6.1 Site information is documented into a site assessment report or site survey report

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

6.3 Specific recommendations for remedial action of site conservation and mitigation of site problems are provided and recorded as appropriate

6.4 Recommendations for appropriate risk controls of site hazards are formulated and documented

6.5 Survey and assessment data are stored and maintained as part of professional practice

6.6 Client-stakeholder is informed and advised of the content and implications of the report and a copy is presented