• BSBSUS301A - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.This unit requires the ability to access industry information, applicable legislative and occupational health and safety (OHS) guidelines.While no licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply holistically to this unit at the time of publication, relevant national, state and territory legislation, regulations and codes of practice impact upon this unit.


This unit applies to those with responsibility for a specific area of work or who lead a work group or team. It addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices, including the development of processes and tools, such as:

identifying areas for improvement

developing plans to make improvements

implementing and monitoring improvements in environmental performance.

A person who demonstrates competence in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to implement and monitor integrated environmental and resource efficiency management policies and procedures within an organisation. Evidence must be strictly relevant to the particular workplace role.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage

1.1. Identify environmental regulations applying to the enterprise

1.2. Analyse procedures for assessing compliance with environmental/sustainability regulations

1.3. Collect information on environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures, and provide to the work group where appropriate

1.4. Collect, analyse and organise information from a range of sources to provide information/advice and tools/resources for improvement opportunities

1.5. Measure and document current resource usage of members of the work group

1.6. Analyse and document current purchasing strategies

1.7. Analyse current work processes to access information and data to assist in identifying areas for improvement

2. Set targets for improvements

2.1. Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and specialists

2.2. Access external sources of information and data as required

2.3. Evaluate alternative solutions to workplace environmental issues

2.4. Set efficiency targets

3. Implement performance improvement strategies

3.1. Source and use appropriate techniques and tools to assist in achieving efficiency targets

3.2. Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility, including ideas and possible solutions to communicate to the work group and management

3.3. Implement and integrate environmental and resource efficiency improvement plans for own work group with other operational activities

3.4. Supervise and support team members to identify possible areas for improved practices and resource efficiency in work area

3.5. Seek suggestions and ideas about environmental and resource efficiency management from stakeholders and act upon where appropriate

3.6. Implement costing strategies to fully value environmental assets

4. Monitor performance

4.1. Use and/or develop evaluation and monitoring, tools and technology

4.2. Document and communicate outcomes to report on efficiency targets to key personnel and stakeholders

4.3. Evaluate strategies and improvement plans

4.4. Set new efficiency targets, and investigate and apply new tools and strategies

4.5. Promote successful strategies and reward participants where possible

Required Skills

Required skills

analytical skills to analyse problems, to devise solutions and to reflect on approaches taken

change management skills

communication skills to answer questions, clarify and acknowledge suggestions relating to work requirements and efficiency

communication/consultation skills to support information flow from stakeholders to the work group

innovation skills to identify improvements, to apply knowledge about resource use to organisational activities and to develop tools

literacy skills to comprehend documentation, to interpret environmental and energy efficiency requirements, to create tools to measure and monitor improvements and to report outcomes

numeracy skills to analyse data on organisational resource consumption and waste product volumes

planning and organising skills to implement environmental and energy efficiency management polices and procedures relevant to own work area

problem-solving skills to devise approaches to improved environmental sustainability and to develop alternative approaches as required

technology skills to operate and shut down equipment; where relevant, to use software systems for recording and filing documentation to measure current usage; and to use word processing and other basic software for interpreting charts, flowcharts, graphs and other visual data and information

supervisory skills to work effectively with a team

Required knowledge

best practice approaches relevant to own area of responsibility and industry

compliance requirements within work area for all relevant environmental/sustainability legislation, regulations and codes of practice including resource hazards/risks associated with work area, job specifications and procedures

environmental and energy efficiency issues, systems and procedures specific to industry practice

external benchmarks and support for particular benchmarks to be used within organisation, including approaches to improving resource use for work area and expected outcomes

OHS issues and requirements

organisational structure and reporting channels and procedures

quality assurance systems relevant to own work area

strategies to maximise opportunities and to minimise impact relevant to own work area

supply chain procedures

terms and conditions of employment including policies and procedures, such as daily tasks, work area responsibilities, employee, supervisor and employer rights, equal opportunity

Evidence Required

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the following is essential:

knowledge of relevant compliance requirements within work area

developing plans to make improvements

planning and organising work group activities in relation to measuring current use and devising strategies to improve usage

monitoring resource use and improvements for environmental performance relative to work area and supervision

ensuring appropriate action is taken within work area in relation to environmental/sustainability compliance and potential hazards

implementing new approaches to work area in an effort to resolve and improve environmental and resource efficiency issues and reporting as required.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

access to an actual workplace or simulated environment

access to a range of environment/sustainability legislation, standards, guidelines and procedural requirements relevant to specific work area, daily responsibilities and supervision

access to a range of information, workplace documentation and resources such as compliance obligations, organisation plans, work supervision and responsibilities

access to reports from other parties involved in the process of identifying and implementing improvements

evidence is relevant to the particular workplace role, including work area, staff, stakeholders, equipment, systems and documentation.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used t assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate

response to case studies

review of reports of activities of work group in relation to measuring resource use and developing improvement strategies

review of work plans outlining approaches to improved practices with documented benchmarks

analysis of the way in which advice is sought and suggestions are made about improvements

observation over time and in a range of situations in relation to review of overall work area and staff, to assess and measure resource use, hazards and compliance

review of checklists to identify and assess resource usage at the beginning and end of the unit; reports on meetings around procedures and improvement processes and monitoring within the workplace; lists of environmental hazards/risks or inefficiencies or opportunities for improvements identified in the workplace

analysis of implementation of programs such as a green office program, supply chain program for purchasing sustainable products, or an environmental management framework

oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of environmental and energy efficiency issues, systems and procedures specific to industry practice.

Guidance information for assessment

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

BSBATSIC411C Communicate with the community

BSBINN301A Promote innovation in a team environment

BSBLED401A Develop teams and individuals

BSBMGT402A Implement operational plan

BSBMGT403A Implement continuous improvement

BSBRSK401A Identify risk and apply risk management processes.

Range Statement

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, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Compliance may include:

meeting relevant laws, by-laws and regulations or best practice or codes of practice to support compliance in environmental performance and sustainability at each level as required (such as Environmental Protection or Biodiversity Conservation Act):






Sources may include:

organisation specifications

regulatory sources

relevant stakeholders

resource use.

Purchasing strategies may include:

influencing suppliers to take up environmental sustainability approaches

researching and participating in programs such as a supply chain program to purchase sustainable products.

Stakeholders, key personnel and specialists may include:

individuals and groups both inside and outside the organisation who have direct or indirect interest in the organisation's conduct, actions, products and services, including:


employees at all levels of the organisation



local community

other organisations


key personnel within the organisation, and specialists outside the organisation who may have particular technical expertise.

Techniques and tools may include:

examination of invoices from suppliers

examination of relevant information and data

measurements made under different conditions

others as appropriate to the specific industry context.

Environmental and resource efficiency improvement plans may include:

addressing environmental and resource sustainability initiatives such as environmental management systems, action plans, green office programs, surveys and audits

applying the waste management hierarchy in the workplace

determining organisation's most appropriate waste treatment including waste to landfill, recycling, re-use, recoverable resources and wastewater treatment

initiating and/or maintaining appropriate organisational procedures for operational energy consumption, including stationary energy and non-stationary (transport)

preventing and minimising risks, and maximising opportunities such as:

improving resource/energy efficiency

reducing emissions of greenhouse gases

reducing use of non-renewable resources

referencing standards, guidelines and approaches such as:

ecological footprinting

Energy Efficiency Opportunities Bill 2005

Global Reporting Initiative

green office program - a cultural change program

green purchasing

Greenhouse Challenge Plus (Australian government initiative)

ISO 14001:1996 Environmental management systems life cycle analyses

product stewardship

supply chain management

sustainability covenants/compacts

triple bottom line reporting.

Suggestions may include ideas that help to:

prevent and minimise risks and maximise opportunities such as:

usage of solar or renewable energies where appropriate

reducing emissions of greenhouse gases

reducing use of non-renewable resources

making more efficient use of resources, energy and water

maximising opportunities to re-use, recycle and reclaim materials

identifying strategies to offset or mitigate environmental impacts:

purchasing carbon credits

energy conservation

reducing chemical use

reducing material consumption

expressing purchasing power through the selection of suppliers with improved environmental performance e.g. purchasing renewable energy

eliminating the use of hazardous and toxic materials.


Unit sector

Competency Field

Industry Capability - Sustainability

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.