Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue - Coordination)

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11 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

6 core units

5 elective units

Choose 1 elective unit from the Group A list of elective units.

Choose a minimum of 2 elective units from the Group B list below.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the Group B list below or elsewhere within this training package or another endorsed training package or accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must be from an equivalent qualification level or higher.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.


Core Units

add topic PUAAMS006B

Coordinate search and rescue resources

add topic PUAAMS007B

Coordinate search and rescue operations

add topic PUACOM001C

Communicate in the workplace

add topic PUACOM003B

Manage information


Assess operational risk

add topic PUAOPE015A

Conduct briefings and debriefings


Elective Units

Group A

add topic PUAOPE014A

Navigate to an incident

add topic TDMMH807B

Plan and navigate an offshore passage within the limits of responsibility of a Master 5

add topic LGAPLEM404A

Prepare and present geographic information systems data


Elective Units

Group B

add topic PUAAMS003B

Conduct stores dropping operations

add topic PUACOM007B

Liaise with other organisations

add topic PUACOM009B

Manage media requirements at major incident

add topic PUACOM012B

Liaise with media at a local level


Manage and evaluate emergency management exercises


Design emergency management exercises

add topic PUALAW003B

Give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting

add topic PUAOPE006B

Control multi-agency emergency situations

add topic PUAPOLGD013A

Develop productive working relationships

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic PUATEA003B

Lead, manage and develop teams

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

For the purposes of gaining a qualification the following three units count as one unit*:

add topic TAEASS401B *

Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS402B *

Assess competence


add topic TAEASS301B *

Contribute to assessment

add topic TAEASS403B *

Participate in assessment validation


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA50912 Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue - Coordination) have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement


apply skills to collect and analyse information, and to effectively communicate and consult with a range of individuals by a range of means

communicate search and rescue procedures and policies to interested and affected persons, groups and organisations in accordance with the needs of those people

document and communicate levels of risk in accordance with organisational policies and procedures


use verbal and non verbal skills


access resources, which may include human resources - personnel within own work area and other areas and personnel from outside statutory bodies/agencies

have knowledge of coaching and team building concepts

have the skills to cooperate as part of a team with minimum supervision

know about each person's role within the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC)

prepare plans to obtain information which is not available or accessible within the organisation

Problem solving

assess the capabilities and limitations of assets and continually review resources

consider support requirements, which may include revising make-up of shifts

estimate potential consequence of a risk and the likelihood of that consequence

identify sources of risk from the perspective of all stakeholders

interpret cartographic information, navigation techniques and local and environmental conditions to determine and plan a safe and timely route

review resource needs based on intelligence

Initiative and enterprise

apply skills that use initiative to achieve goals

determine the availability of required resources using intelligence gathering methods

develop a compromised search area to suit available assets

modify route to address prevailing conditions and, if required, initiate alternate strategies

plan with contingency in accordance with organisational policies and procedures

prepare plans to obtain information which is not available or accessible within the organisation

review resource needs based on intelligence

Planning and organising

apply datum search planning principles including calculating a search area consistent with organisational policies and procedures; determining search pattern and tracking spacing consistent with organisational policies and procedures; and calculating probability of detection factor consistent with organisational policies and procedures

clearly define the aims, objectives, scope and boundaries of the risk assessment in accordance with organisational policies and procedures

prioritise tasks to determine resource requirements in accordance with the rescue plan

use strategies for obtaining the required resources as determined by the necessities of the search and rescue activity in accordance with organisational policies and procedures


collect information that is timely and relevant to the needs of individuals/teams

make notes of observations

understand coronial requirements in relation to search and rescue

understand hypothermia/hyperthermia factors

understand risk management principles


learn about organisational policies and procedures

learn about reference publications/material/documents, which may include IMO Manual; ICAO Manual; NATSAR Manual; MERSAR Manual

learn to collect and analyse information

read and understand the organisation's plans, policies and procedures

understand the personal development plan


calculate to establish intended track/area/position in accordance with planned route

maintain databases by updating details on a regular basis as determined by local policies and procedures

manage information with the technology available in the work area/organisation

record in databases

represent mathematical ideas in appropriate format

use databases for contact names; telephone numbers; addresses (where appropriate); aircraft/vessel details; aircraft/vessel requirements

use navigational equipment that includes computers