Prepare timber to meet import/export compliance requirements

This unit describes the outcomes required to ensure timber meets compliance requirements for import/exportGeneral workplace legislative and regulatory requirements apply to this unit. Subject to enterprise requirements specific licences/certification may be required in the following areas: forest sustainability certification, chain of custody certification, phytosanitary certification and other Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) requirements


The unit involves assessing timber for import/export requirements in a variety of work settings including:

timber harvesting


woodchip mill

veneer mill

board/plywood mill

timber and wood products production

timber and wood products sales and service

The skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority


Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Review regulatory requirements for import/export of timber

1.1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), legislative, environmental and organisational requirements relevant to preparing timber to meet import/export compliance requirements are identified and followed

1.2. AQIS requirements relevant to timber import/export are identified

1.3. Specific environmental legislative requirements relevant to timber import/export are identified

1.4. Compliance requirements are interpreted and confirmed

1.5. Compliance requirements for the organisation are examined in terms of critical implications, risks and consequences of possible breaches

2. Ensure timber compliance for import/export

2.1. Timber for import/export is identified and wood properties are recognised

2.2. Timber is examined, biohazards associated with the particular species identified and a risk assessment undertaken

2.3. Need for timber treatment is determined and arrangements made for treatment to ensure compliance

2.4. Need for phytosanitary certificates is established and arrangements made for procurement

3. Document compliance requirements

3.1. Branding of timber is completed and checked in line with regulatory requirements

3.2. Forest certification records are obtained and forwarded to relevant authorities

3.3. Records and reports of compliance requirements are prepared and submitted to appropriate internal and external personnel

3.4. Breaches of compliance requirements are reported to those with sufficient authority to correct them

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit

Required skills

Technical skills sufficient to identify timber species, wood properties and a range of timber biohazards

Communication skills sufficient to complete process documentation; liaise with AQIS and customs officials; liaise with customers and suppliers, sometimes from different countries and cultures

Literacy skills sufficient to read and interpret import/export requirements

Numeracy skills sufficient to calculate timber volumes, costs and treatment strengths

Problem identification and resolution skills sufficient to negotiate outcomes with officials and customers

Required knowledge

Applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice and established safe practices relevant to the full range of processes for identifying timber import and export requirements including knowledge of customs and AQIS requirements

Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for identifying timber import and export requirements

Environmental risks and hazards

Minimising environmental impact

Using energy effectively and efficiently

Using material effectively and efficiently

Timber species identification techniques

Wood properties and how these relate to fungal and insect risks associated with importing/exporting timber

Range of timber treatments meeting AQIS requirements

Branding and labelling requirements to ensure compliance

Forest certification systems and chain of custody procedures

Established communication channels and protocols

Appropriate mathematical procedures for estimating and measuring, including calculating time to complete tasks

Procedures for recording and reporting records and information

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

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence that they can correctly prepare timber to meet import/export compliance requirements within Australia

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

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to, and satisfy, all of the requirements of the elements of this unit and include demonstration of:

following applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislative and regulatory requirements and codes of practice relevant to importing/exporting timber

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to importing/exporting timber

interpreting regulatory requirements for importing/exporting timber in Australia

determining compliance requirements for the organisation in relation to importing/exporting timber, and the risks and consequences of breaches

examining timber and determining the appropriate requirements for compliance

ensuring appropriate arrangements are made for compliance

completing all documentation related to compliance

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or realistically simulated workplace

Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints

Assessment of required knowledge, other than confirmatory questions, will usually be conducted in an off-site context

Assessment is to follow relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements

The following resources should be made available:

workplace location or simulated workplace

materials and equipment relevant to undertaking work applicable to this unit

specifications and work instructions

Method of assessment

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the FPI11 Training Package

Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance (over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts) together with application of required knowledge

Assessment must be by direct observation of tasks, with questioning on required knowledge and it must also reinforce the integration of key competencies

Assessment methods must confirm the ability to access and correctly interpret and apply the required knowledge

Assessment may be applied under project-related conditions (real or simulated) and require evidence of process

Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance, but is able to be transferred to other circumstances

Assessment may be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency

The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate

Assessment practices should take into account any relevant language or cultural issues related to Aboriginality, gender or language backgrounds other than English

Where the participant has a disability, reasonable adjustment may be applied during assessment

Language and literacy demands of the assessment task should not be higher than those of the work role

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.

OHS requirements:

are to be in line with applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures, and may include:

personal protective equipment and clothing

safety equipment

first aid equipment

fire fighting equipment

hazard and risk control

fatigue management

elimination of hazardous materials and substances

safe forest practices including required actions relating to forest fire

manual handling including shifting, lifting and carrying

Legislative requirements:

are to be in line with applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, certification requirements and codes of practice and may include:

award and enterprise agreements

industrial relations

Australian Standards

confidentiality and privacy


the environment

equal opportunity


relevant industry codes of practice

duty of care

Environmental requirements may include:


organisational policies and procedures

workplace practices

Organisational requirements may include:


organisational and site guidelines

policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility

quality assurance

procedural manuals

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

OHS, emergency and evacuation procedures

ethical standards

recording and reporting requirements

equipment use, maintenance and storage requirements

environmental management requirements (waste minimisation and disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

AQIS requirements may include:

various treatments of the timber

issuing of phytosanitary certificates

chain of custody records

Environmental legislative requirements may include:

identification of biohazards

forest certification system

identification of hazardous chemicals

risk assessment of material to be imported or exported

Wood properties may include:





moisture content



presence of susceptible sapwood


fibre length and orientation

Biohazards may include:

pests and diseases with potential for immediate and long-term threats to health or ecosystems

Timber treatment may include:

heat treatment

chemical treatment




Phytosanitary certificates

are certificates issued certifying absence of active insect and fungal attack in timber to be imported or exported


is the process of labelling treated timber to assure customers of treatment

Forest certification

is certification that material is from sustainably managed forests

and may include:

Australian Forestry Standard

Forest Stewardship Council

chain of custody records

Records and reports may include:

AQIS records

Customs records

import/export documentation

chain of custody documentation

and may be:


using a computer-based system or other appropriate organisational communication system


Not Applicable

Competency Field

Common Technical

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Not Applicable